KU Falls at #17 Mizzou, 3-0
Oct. 4, 2006
COLUMBIA, Mo. –
Senior Jana Correa moved 16 kills closer to 1,000 Wednesday night, as the University of Kansas volleyball team fell to No. 17 Missouri in three games 19-30, 26-30 and 18-30, in Big 12 Conference play at the Hearnes Center. Correa, who has totaled 14 or more kills in 13 matches this season, is just 14 kills away from becoming the ninth Jayhawk in school history with 1,000 career kills.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
Junior Emily Brown added 10 kills and a match-leading 17 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. Senior Jamie Mathewson notched 12 digs and redshirt freshman Katie Martincich dished 29 assists and added seven digs to round out the top KU performers.
With the loss, KU’s fourth straight, the Jayhawks dipped to 8-8 overall and 1-6 in league play while the 17th-ranked Tigers moved to 12-4 and 6-1 and took a 1-0 lead in the 2006-07 Border Showdown.
The Jayhawks used a 5-0 run to take a 10-9 lead in Game One behind the service of Mathewson. The teams tied at 14-all but the Tigers took a five-point lead on two kills, two KU errors and a block. MU went on to score six unanswered points to take a 25-15 advantage, its largest of the stanza. KU totaled eight kills and six errors for a .074 hitting efficiency while the Tigers posted a .438 clip (17 kills, three errors) and five aces.
KU started off strong in the second stanza, taking a 5-1 lead on a Brown kill. The teams exchanged leads until the Tigers took a 17-14 lead after their seventh ace of the evening. Correa, who totaled eight kills in Game Two, notched three straight kills for KU to bring them within two, 22-20, and Brown got hot late, adding five kills. The Jayhawks improved their hitting percentage to .283, but MU had 16 kills and just one attack error for a .395 clip.
A kill from Correa tied up Game Three, 10-10, but MU went on a 5-0 run and forced KU’s first timeout of the stanza. The Jayhawks clawed back to within two, but an 11-2 run gave the Tigers a 26-14 advantage. KU held off two match points but an attack by Noyes sailed out of bounds to end the game, 30-18 and match.
MU hit at a .421 efficiency in the match while KU posted a .187 attack percentage. Despite 15 service errors, the Tigers had 10 aces to KU’s three and outblocked the Jayhawks 8.0 to 3.0 in the win.
KU continues the short road stint Saturday at No. 25 Oklahoma. Match time at McCasland Fieldhouse in <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Norman, Okla., is set for 7 p.m.