Kansas Volleyball Overpowers Iowa State 3-2
Oct. 13, 2004
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AMES, Iowa – The Kansas volleyball team halted a five-match skid with a victory over Iowa State Wednesday night at the Hilton Coliseum. The Jayhawks defeated the Cyclones in five games, 30-23, 29-31, 28-30, 30-24 and 15-5 to improve their record to 11-6 overall and 2-6 in the Big 12 Conference.
With the loss, ISU dropped to 8-9 and 1-8 in the league.
KU led by as many as eight points early in game one after three quick kills from Josi Lima and two from Emily Brown. The Jayhawks capitalized off six ISU service errors to take a 29-22 lead and hold on for the win. KU hit .368 and was led by Lima (six kills) and Ashley Michaels (five kills).
KU and ISU exchanged leads throughout game two until the Cyclones pulled ahead 18-14. KU came out of a timeout and scored six straight to take a 20-18 lead. The teams traded points and ISU took a three-point lead after three KU hitting errors and went on to win 31-29.
In game three, ISU pulled ahead 18-14 after wearing down the KU defense. Two Jayhawk timeouts later, KU received two points on a reversed call and ISU rotation error, tying the game at 25-25. After two kills by Brown, ISU turned two bad KU passes into kills to win 30-28. The Cyclones hit .412 in game three.
Game four saw more intensity from the Jayhawks. KU took a 15-11 lead behind the strong jump serves of Jana Correa but ISU closed the gap with quick, aggressive defense, 17-16. The Jayhawk offense picked up and overcame a few long rallies to top ISU 30-24 and force a deciding game five.
KU came out swinging in game five and took a 7-3 lead after three straight kills. The Jayhawks never looked back, winning 15-5 on a .400 hitting mark in the final game.
Michaels led KU with 22 kills on a .391 attack percentage. Lima added 18 kills (.351) and added 15 digs and four total blocks. Correa and Brown (.393) each added 12 kills in the winning effort while junior Paula Caten had eight of her own.
Libero Jill Dorsey led the defense with 22 digs with four others – Correa, Brown, Andi Rozum and Lima – adding at least 11. Rozum had a match-high 63 assists on the night.
KU hit .306 and outblocked ISU 13.0 to 10.0. The Jayhawks also tallied a season-high 86 digs.
“It was good to get some momentum from this win and hopefully we’ll be able to take into the match against Missouri,” KU head coach Ray Bechard said. “Game four really won this match for us tonight and we showed good signs in game five. It was nice to get a hard-fought win and we look forward to playing another important match on Saturday.”
The Jayhawks are next in action Saturday against Border Showdown rival Missouri. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.