Volleyball Stops At No.7 Texas Saturday

Oct. 12, 2007


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After a two-match homestand, the University of Kansas volleyball team will head to Austin, Texas Saturday for a 6:30 p.m. match up against the seventh-ranked Texas Longhorns.

Kansas (10-8, 3-5 Big 12) topped Colorado 3-1 Wednesday night to stop a three-match skid and move up a spot in the conference standings into the seventh.

Texas (11-3, 7-1) enters the match ranked seventh in the nation, its seventh straight week in the top-10. The Longhorns completed a 3-0 sweep of Baylor Wednesday as they extended their winning streak to seven matches. Five of the Longhorns’ seven victories have come on 3-0 sweeps and their lone win came at the hands of No. 1 Nebraska in both teams’ conference opener.

A Glance At the Jayhawks
Junior Natalie Uhart has made a strong return back to the court after sitting out nearly a month. The middle blocker leads the team with a .305 hitting percentage in conference games. Freshman Jenna Kaiser paces KU with just over three kills a game in Big 12 contests. Newcomer Karina Garlington has been a dangerous force behind the service line serving up nine aces, seventh-best among Big 12 players in league play.

Scouting Texas
Offensively, Texas ranks second in the Big 12 in hitting percentage (.313), assists (15.40 asp) and kills (16.46 kpg). The Longhorns claim the league’s top offensive threat in Destinee Hooker who leads all Big 12 players with 4.80 kpg, while teammate Juliann Faucette boasts a league-best 4.93 kpg in conference matches. Brandy Magee leads Texas with an impressive .434 hitting percentage to rank second among Big 12 players. Magee also leads the Longhorns with 1.17 blocks per game.

The Series
Texas leads the all-time series against the Jayhawks 21-4 and has won the last six meetings

The last time KU defeated Texas was on Nov. 8, 2004 in Austin.

Kaiser On a Roll
After tying a career-high 16 kills against Texas A&M on Oct. 6, freshman Jenna Kaiser topped her own best with a 19 kill performance in the team’s 3-1 victory over Colorado on Oct. 10. Her 19 kills was also an individual match-high for the Jayhawks this season.

Uhart’s Career Night
Junior Natalie Uhart had her best match in a Kansas uniform Wednesday night against Colorado as the 6-2 middle blocker set two new career highs. Uhart notched 14 kills and six block assists during the contest topping her previous bests of 10 kills and five assisted blocks.

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

Up Next
Kansas will return home Wednesday for a singlematch before hitting the road again. KU hosts Baylor on Oct. 17 in a 7 p.m. match.