Jayhawks Pick Up 3-1 Road Win At Texas Tech

Oct. 4, 2008

LUBBOCK, Texas –

Three players tallied double-digit kills, while freshman Nicole Tate added a double-double as Kansas volleyball defeated Texas Tech 3-1 (25-19, 25-17, 25-23, 25-22) to stop a three-match skid.

Sophomore Karina Garlington hit a match-high 18 kills, her 12th outing of double figure kills this season, and added eight digs for the Jayhawks, who improve to 8-7 overall and 2-4 in the Big 12. TTU falls to 5-12 on the season and 0-6 in the conference.

Tate’s 43 assists and 11 digs marked her fourth double-double this season.

Joining Garlington in double figures were senior Savannah Noyes (13) and freshman Allison Mayfield (10). Noyes hit a team-best .500 and also cracked into KU’s career solo block list during the match, tying 2007 graduate Emily Brown with 49 career unassisted blocks.

Kansas built an 11-3 lead to open the first set on eight unanswered points, half of which came from Texas Tech attack errors. The Red Raiders were able to chip away at their deficit coming within two points at times, but KU’s offense helped hold onto the lead and the Jayhawks finished off the set with three straight points for the win.

Freshman Allison Mayfield contributed six of her 10 kills during the opening set.

Kansas did not fare as well in set two as it had a hard time getting things to go its way. Texas Tech opened the set on a 6-0 run and held the lead through set point at 25-17 behind a .250 hitting percentage compared to KU’s -.029 clip.

The Jayhawks were again forced to battle back from an early deficit in the third set. Kansas, down by as much as seven in the set, did not tie up the score until a pair of kills from Karina Garlington and two TTU attack errors knotted the score at 21-21. A service ace by Melissa Manda gave KU its first lead since set one. Garlington sealed the 25-23 win with two more kills.

Set four was the closest set of the match with 11 tied scores and five lead changes. After senior Natalie Uhart recorded a kill to give KU a 21-20 edge, the Jayhawks tallied four of the next six points to win the set 25-22.

KU’s defense limited the Red Raiders to a .138 attack percentage during the match. Sophomore Melissa Manda dug up a team-high 19 balls, while junior Katie Martincich chipped in 10.

The Jayhawks return home to host Texas A&M on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.