Jayhawks Look to Repeat Upset Versus Nationally-Ranked Iowa State

Oct. 22, 2010


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Just two weeks after knocking off then-No. 10 Iowa State, the Kansas volleyball team (13-8, 4-6 Big 12) will have another chance to upset the nationally-ranked Cyclones as it travels to 12th-ranked ISU (14-4, 7-3 Big 12) on Saturday, Oct. 23 to begin the second half of its conference season. Match time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. from Ames High School as the Cyclones’ Hilton Coliseum was damaged by flood waters prior to the season.

The Jayhawks will be going up against their second-straight top 15 foe after suffering a loss to No. 10 Texas Wednesday evening. KU is averaging 16.19 digs per set on the road compared to 14.21 digs per set in home matches which will come in handy as KU will be looking to tighten up its defense after allowing its last two opponents to hit over .350.

Anchoring defensive duties could be senior Melissa Manda or freshman Brianne Riley. Manda has played libero over the last four matches and is averaging 6.23 digs per set in that span, but Riley leads the team with a 3.46 digs per set average on the season.

Offensively, Kansas boasts two of the league’s top hitters in senior Karina Garlington and junior Allison Mayfield. Garlington is sixth in the conference with 3.46 kills per set, while Mayfield is 10th averaging 3.10 kills per set. Mayfield has also led the team in kills during the last three matches.

Live stats for the match will be available on the Kansas Athletics’ official website at www.KUAthletics.com/volleyball.