Jayhawks Host Aggies in Week Four Of Big 12 Volleyball Action

Oct. 4, 2007


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A Glance At the Jayhawks

After dropping its last two Big 12 matches, the University of Kansas volleyball team will be looking to return to its winning ways this Saturday when it plays host to Texas A&M at 7 p.m. at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. The Jayhawks are 9-7 overall and 2-4 in Big 12 matches.

Freshman Melissa Manda continues to be a staple in the Jayhawks’ lineup averaging a team-best 3.71 digs per game and has established an impressive .982 serve reception percentage with just eight errors in 451 attempts.

Another freshman making a name for herself is Wichita, Kan., native Jenna Kaiser. The 6-0 outside hitter contributes a team-high 2.46 kills per game. Junior Savannah Noyes has been KU’s most efficient hitter recording a .252 attack success rate.

Scouting Texas A&M
Texas A&M also enters Saturday’s contest on a two-match losing streak after dropping back-to-back matches to #18 Kansas State 3-1 and #7 Texas 3-0. The Aggies are 1-3 in their last four outings and carry a 12-5 overall record and 2-5 mark in the Big 12.

TAMU leads the Big 12 with 3.15 blocks per game in conference matches thanks to front row duo, juniors Jillian Phillips and Kelsey Bryant, who rank third and and eighth, respectively, in conference matches in blocks per game. On the flip side of Texas A&M’s strong defensive showing, the Aggies rank last in conference play with a .147 hitting percentage despite hitting a third-best .275 overall on the season among conference schools.

Sophomore Sarah Ammerman has led TAMU in its last two contests tallying a combined 30 kills followed by sophomore Mary Batis who added 25. Ammerman is averaging a team-best 3.94 kills per game so far this year.

The Series
Texas A&M leads the all-time series against the Jayhawks 19-4.

Kansas has tallied its only four wins versus the Aggies in the last four years. Since the 2003, the schools have split 1-1 each season with each team notching a win on its home court.

Saturday’s Promotions
All Junior Jayhawks will be admitted into Saturday’s match free of charge. Also, after the match, KU volleyball players will be on hand to sign autographs.

Follow the Jayhawks
Can’t watch the game? Fans can follow live stats for home matches at KUathletics.com. Live video is also available throught Kansas’ All-Access subscription service. Fans can sign up for the service on KUathletics.com.

Up Next
Kansas will host Colorado next Wednesday at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. Match time is slated for 7 p.m.