KU Volleyball Plays UMKC in "Jayhawks For a Cure"

Oct. 26, 2009


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The University of Kansas volleyball team (11-9, 4-7 Big 12) will take a break from Big 12 Conference play this week to host UMKC Tuesday, Oct. 27 at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. The match, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., is KU volleyball’s “Jayhawks For a Cure” match. Donations will be accepted at the door and all donations will go to benefit Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the KU Cancer Center. Fans wearing pink will be admitted for $3.

In addition, Kansas Athletics’ concessions partner, Centerplate, will donate $1 to the cause for each soft drink purchased during the contest.

Free live stats as well as a webstreaming of the event (for a fee) will be available on the KU Athletics website at www.KUAthletics.com.

About Kansas

The Jayhawks snapped a two-match winning streak when it fell to rival Missouri Saturday night as it fell to 11-9 overall and 4-7 in Big 12 play. Junior Karina Garlington leads KU with 3.53 kps, followed by sophomore Allison Mayfield’s 3.33 kps. Senior Paige Mazour has been the team’s most accurate attacker with a team-high .321 hitting percentage. In the last three matches, however, senior Brittany Williams has recorded a .373 attack percentage. Mazour and Williams have also had success on the defensive side of the net sharing a team-best 0.90 bps in the last three contests. Sophomore Nicole Tate guides the offense averaging 11.03 aps. Junior libero Melissa Manda is tops on the team in the back row digging up 4.27 balls per set.

Scouting UMKC

UMKC posted a 3-0 sweep versus Southern Utah Saturday to extend a five-match winning streak and improve its record to 10-12 overall. The Kangaroos, who are 3-7 in road matches, are led by Kelsey Knoche’s 3.09 kps. Christiana McQuin has a team-high .261 attack percentage with 1.96 kps. Erin Wellwood and Holly Schmidt drive the UMKC offense with 5.46 aps and 3.97 aps, respectively. Nicole Kerkman paces the Kangaroo defense averaging 4.00 dps. Brittany Fossier is blocking 1.03 balls per set. Head coach Geno Frugoli is 17-47 in his third season with the program.

Series Info: Kansas owns a 27-1 all-time record against UMKC and has won the last 16 meetings dating back to Sept. 10, 1983.

Jayhawks For a Cure

Kansas volleyball will participate in the 2009-10 “Jayhawks For a Cure” campaign on Tuesday, Oct. 27 when it hosts UMKC for a 6:30 p.m. match. Fans wearing pink to the contest will be admitted for just $3.

Fans can make a donation at the door with all donations benefitting Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the KU Cancer Center. Fans can also choose to make a pledge per dig by filling out a pledge form found on the KU volleyball website at www.KUAthletics.com. In addition, Kansas Athletics’ new concessions partner, Centerplate, will donate $1 for every soft drink purchased during the match.

Along with Kansas volleyball’s match on Tuesday, several “Jayhawks For a Cure” events are scheduled for the 2009-10 academic year. The KU soccer team held its event on Oct. 11, while Kansas swimming and diving will highlight breast cancer awareness and collect donations on Oct. 30 when it hosts Missouri. Kansas women’s basketball will also host its annual WBCA Pink Zone game in Allen Fieldhouse on Feb. 7 when it faces Kansas State.

Williams Showing Senior Leadership

Senior Brittany Williams has been a major factor for the Jayhawks on both sides of the net as of late. In the last four contests, Williams has led the team with a .394 attack percentage recording just nine errors on 66 attempts. She is also second on the team with 0.69 bps in the last four matches and third with 2.69 kps.

Up Next

The Jayhawks return to Big 12 play and wrap up a three-match home stand Saturday, Oct. 31 when they welcome Texas A&M to the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. First serve is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.