Kansas At No. 1 Nebraska Saturday

Oct. 19, 2007


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Kansas volleyball will begin its second go-around with Big 12 teams as they turn the halfway mark in conference play. The Jayhawks will make a visit to No. 1 Nebraska Saturday evening for a 6 p.m. match-up.

Kansas has hit a rough spot in the season losing five of its last six contests including a 3-2 defeat Wednesday night against Baylor. KU is tied with Baylor in eighth place in the Big 12 rankings.

Nebraska extended its winning streak to 27 matches Wednesday night with a 3-0 win at Missouri by scores of 31-29, 30-18 and 30-14.

The Cornhuskers are ranked No. 1 in the nation for the eighth straight week with an undefeated 17-0 record in 2007 and a perfect 10-0 mark in conference play. Nebraska has lost just one game this season, a 22-30 loss to then-No. 5 UCLA on Aug. 25.

The Series
Nebraska leads the all-time series against the Jayhawks 78-1-1. KU’s lone win against the Cornhuskers came in their very first meeting on Oct. 17, 1975.

Last Meeting With the Cornhuskers
Nebraska came to Lawrence on Sept. 26 earlier this season and handed Kansas its third Big 12 loss of 2007 in a 3-0 sweep (30-18, 30-24, 30-18).

Freshman Jenna Kaiser led the KU attack with eight kills. Katie Martincich notched a double-double in the effort with a team-high 12 assists and 11 digs.

Time Change
The Jayhawks’ match with Border Showdown rival Missouri origanally scheduled for 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 has been bumped up to a 3 p.m. start.

Dig For the Cure
Kansas will hold its second annual Dig For the Cure on Nov. 3 when the Jayhawks host Border Showdown rival Missouri. Fans, players and coaches are encouraged to make a pledge per dig. All money raised from the event will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information, visit the KU volleyball home-page at KUathletics.com. A Dig For the Cure link can be found on the right hand side of the page.

Seeing Doubles
Four Jayhawks -Emily Brown, Flavia Lino, Natalie Uhart and Karina Garlington- registered double-digit kills Wednesday night versus Baylor. It was the most players in double-figures since the team’s Sept. 7 win over Wyoming when four players tallied over 10 kills in the contest.

Player Notables:
– Senior Emily Brown notched her third triple-double of the year against Baylor Wednesday night. Brown tallied a team-high 14 kills to go along with 27 assists and 14 digs. It is the fourth triple-double of her career.

– Junior Natalie Uhart has led the team in attack percentage in the last four matches. The middle blocker is averaging a team-best .281 hitting acuracy for the season.

– Melissa Manda served up three aces Wednesday against Baylor, tying KU’s individual five-game high.

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 6,698 patrons filled its stands so far this season.

– KU is ranked third in the league with 1.31 services aces a game in conference play led by freshman Karina Garlington, who has served up 10 aces (0.32 per game).

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
The Jayhawks will continue their road stint in College Station, Texas on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Kansas will go up against the Aggies in a 6:30 p.m. match.