KU Falls At #1 Nebraska, 3-0

Oct. 26, 2005

Box Score

LINCOLN, Neb. –

The University of Kansas volleyball team lost a three-game match to top-ranked Nebraska Wednesday night, 30-23, 30-20 and 30-20, at NU Coliseum. With the loss, the Jayhawks moved to 12-9 and 4-8 in the Big 12 Conference while the #1 Huskers stayed undefeated at 20-0 and 11-0 in league play.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Sophomore Emily Brown led the KU offense with 11 kills and added eight digs in the effort. Outside hitters Paula Caten (senior) contributed nine kills and seven digs while Megan Hill (junior) had six kills. Junior Jamie Mathewson paced the defense with nine digs and senior Andi Rozum ran the offense with 32 assists.

KU hit just .056 in the match, committed 11 service errors and was outblocked by the Huskers 15.0 to 3.0. The Huskers hit at a .282 clip and were led by sophomore Sarah Pavan (12 kills) and junior Christina Houghtelling (11 kills).

KU trailed by just a few points in game one, but fell behind, 17-10, after three straight Husker service aces. The Jayhawks battled back with a four-point run that included two NU errors and a big block by Lima and Brown, 19-16.

Hill, a Lincoln native, moved KU back to within three points of the Huskers with two consecutive kills, 25-22, but NU took a commanding lead with a 5-1 run. A KU serve sailed out of bounds to end the game, 30-23. Brown paced the Jayhawks with four kills (.333) and four digs in the stanza as both teams compiled a .159 hitting efficiency.

The Jayhawks led 13-12 in game two after a Brown kill, but faltered due to hitting errors and net violations. NU took a 25-17 lead after six consecutive points, forcing KU’s final timeout of the stanza. The Huskers blocked their way to a 2-0 lead in the match after totaling 6.5 stuffs to go with a .419 attack percentage. KU hit just -0.23 in game two, posting 10 kills and 11 errors on 44 attempts.

KU started off shaky in game three, succumbing to a 19-9 Husker lead after using both of its timeouts. Despite the Jayhawks’ solid defense, NU’s 15 kills and 6.5 blocks were too much for KU, which managed just 11 kills and made five service errors in the final stanza.

To listen to Ray Bechard’s postgame message, call 785-864-7023.

KU will try to stop its six-match skid Saturday when it hosts #14 Texas (14-3, 9-2 Big 12) at 7 p.m. in the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. For tickets, call the KU Ticket Office at 1-800-34-HAWKS.