Volleyball Hosts Border Showdown Action Saturday

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Oct. 26, 2007


As Border Showdown rival <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Missouri visits Lawrence for a 3 p.m. match up Saturday afternoon, Kansas volleyball (10-12, 3-9 Big 12) is hoping to return to its winning ways after dropping its last four matches, three of them road contests.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Missouri (12-9, 5-7 Big 12) will make its first road trip in three matches as they make their way to Lawrence on Saturday. The Tigers have faced a challenging schedule as of late going up against top-15 teams in the last three contests including No. 1 Nebraska, No. 5 Texas and No. 15 Kansas State. MU lost all three contests in three game sweeps.

The Series

Missouri leads the all-time series against the Jayhawks 44-32 and have won six of the last seven meetings. With a victory in Columbia earlier in the season, KU will look to notch its first series sweep of Missouri since 1999.

Last Meeting With the Tigers

In Kansas’ last meeting with Missouri on Sept. 19 earlier this season, the Jayhawks defeated their border showdown rival in five to stop a 12 match conference losing streak dating back to Oct. 14 against Baylor. Kansas rallied back from a 2-0 defecit, making quick work of the Tigers in the final game with a score of 15-7.

Katie Martincich and Emily Brown each recorded double-doubles in the effort.

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 Oklahoma. Fans, players and coaches are encouraged to make a pledge per dig or a flat donation. 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.

Player Notables:

– Senior Emily Brown recorded her fifth triple-double of the season, and third in the last six matches, at Texas A&M on Oct. 24. Brown led KU with 11 kills, 22 assists and 12 digs.

– Freshman libero Melissa Manda dug up an individual three-game high 16 balls at Texas A&M on Oct. 24.

– Junior Natalie Uhart has led the team in attack percentage in five of the team’s last six matches including a .500 performance at Texas A&M Wednesday. The middle blocker is averaging a team-best .288 hitting acuracy for the season and has had three outings over .500.

– Emily Brown is the only Jayhawk to have played and started all 22 matches so far this season.

Team Notables:

– Kansas served up three aces in its last outing at Texas A&M. It was the most aces the team has tallied in a three-game match since playing A&M last time on Oct. 6.

– KU’s 30-25 and 30-26 losses in games two and three to Nebraska Saturday evening was the first time all year that an opponent scored 25 or more points in consecutive games on the Huskers’ home court.

– KU ranks 27th in the country with an average of 1,170 fans per match. The HorejsiFamilyAthleticsCenter, which seats 1,300, has had 6,698 patrons filled its stands since the start of conference season.

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

Kansas will make its third trip to Texas in as many weeks next Wednesday when they take on Baylor in Waco, Texas. Match time is set for 6:30 p.m.