Baylor Comes To Lawrence For Wednesday's Volleyball Action

Oct. 16, 2007


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As the halfway mark approaches in conference play, the University of Kansas (10-9, 3-6 Big 12) will host Baylor Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. match at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. It is the third contest in the last four matches at home for the Jayhawks.

Kansas has hit a rough spot in the season losing four of its last five contests as they sit in eighth in the conference standings.

Right behind Kansas is Baylor in ninth with a 9-10 overall record and 2-7 conference mark having lost their last two matches and five of the last six contests.

The Bears are third overall on the season with 3.03 blocks per game and 16.62 digs per game but have averaged just 2.85 blocks and 14.97 digs per game during Big 12 matches.

A Glance At the Jayhawks
Four Jayhawks are averaging over two kills a game – Jenna Kaiser (2.70), Natalie Uhart (2.35), Emily Brown (2.18) and Savannah Noyes (2.06). In the team’s last four matches, Kaiser has boasted 3.54 kpg.

Melissa Manda leads from the back row with 3.72 digs per game. Katie Martincich has become a major factor on defense adding 3.12 dpg in the last five matches after pitching in just 2.63 in the 14 prior contests.

Scouting Baylor
Six foot Anna Breyfogle leads the Bears and the Big 12 with 1.60 blocks per game. Katie Sanders averages 3.94 kills a game in conference matches and an even better 4.30 kpg in all contests. Breyfogle and Ashley Christenson follow with 2.68 and 2.63 kpg, respectively.

Sarah Grace steadies the defense digging up 4.68 balls per game. Sanders adds 3.17 a game.

The Series
Baylor leads the all-time series against Kansas 15-10. The teams have split the last three seasons, each tallying a win on their home court.

Coach Bechard is 9-9 versus Baylor since taking over at the helm in 1998.

Player Notables:
– Junior Natalie Uhart has led the team in attack percentage in the last three matches and total blocks the last two contests. The middle blocker is averaging a team-best .273 hitting acuracy for the season.

– Sophomore Flavia Lino tallied her 100th kill in a Kansas uniform Saturday, Oct. 13 at Texas. The Sao Paulo, Brazil native has 101 career kills at KU and averages 1.91 kpg for the Jayhawks.

– Freshman Melissa Manda set a conference individual four-game high 24 digs against Colorado on Oct. 10.

Team Notables:
– KU ranks 26th in the country with an average of 1,170 fans per match. The Horejsi Family Athletics Center, which seats 1,300, has had 5,849 patrons filled its stands so far this season.

– KU is ranked fourth in the league with 1.29 services aces a game in conference play led by freshman Karina Garlington, who has served up nine aces (0.35 per game).

Wednesday’s Promotions
Kansas faculty and staff can purchase tickets to Wednesday’s volleyball match for just $3.

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

Up Next
The Jayhawks will head to Omaha, Neb., this weekend for the first contest of a two-match road stint. KU’s match with the Cornhuskers is scheduled for 6 p.m.