Volleyball Wins 3-0 at Oklahoma

Oct. 20, 2004

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NORMAN, Okla. – Sophomore Jana Correa notched 17 kills as the Kansas volleyball team swept Oklahoma Wednesday night 30-27, 30-28 and 30-23 at the McCasland Fieldhouse. The victory was the second straight road win for the Jayhawks, who improved to 12-7 overall and 3-7 in the Big 12 Conference.

With the loss, OU fell to 9-9 overall and 1-9 in the league. Correa, who suffered a season-ending injury in Norman last year (Oct. 11), also led KU with a career-high .640 attack percentage (1 error, 25 attempts) and added seven digs.

KU jumped to a 4-1 lead in game one and never fell behind. The Sooners remained close but KU rallied behind the hitting of Correa (five kills) and Josi Lima (four kills). The Jayhawks pulled ahead by six and Paula Caten went on to end the game on an untouched kill, 30-27.

The Sooners scored the first point in game two but it turned out to be their only lead. KU held a steady lead with a balanced offense and solid serve reception, leading 15-11 at the halfway mark. Correa, Lima and Caten combined for nine more kills as the Jayhawks shrugged off two straight errors to win the second game 30-28.

The teams came out from the break and kept it close early in game three. The Jayhawks went up by six after an ace by Emily Brown, which forced an OU timeout. The Sooners battled back but could not overcome KU’s efficient hitting (.395 in the game). Ashley Michaels ended game three and the match with her seventh kill of the night, 30-23.

Caten added 15 kills for a .500 hitting percentage (2 e, 26 att) while Lima rounded out the offensive leaders with 13 kills of her own. Senior Jill Dorsey led all defensive players with 15 digs with Lima adding seven in the winning effort.

Junior Andi Rozum dished a match-high 50 assists as the Jayhawks hit .333 and had four aces and 12 service errors. The Sooners (.232 attack percentage) outblocked KU 12.0 to 4.0 and totaled three ball-handling errors.

“Tonight we played steady for an entire match,” head coach Ray Bechard said. “Our left side hitters stepped up tonight and really gave us a boost. Having the weekend off comes at a good time and this win will give us a little momentum coming into the pivotal second half of Big 12 play.”

The Jayhawks will take a bye over the weekend and enter the second half of Big 12 play Oct. 27 (Wednesday) against Iowa State. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.

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