KU Volleyball Swept by No. 18 K-State
Oct. 30, 2004
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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The University of Kansas volleyball team’s two-match win streak was halted by a 3-0 loss at No. 18 Kansas State Saturday afternoon at the Ahearn Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks fell to the Wildcats 30-20, 30-19 and 30-28.
With the loss, KU fell to 13-8 overall and 4-8 in the Big 12 Conference while the Wildcats, the defending Big 12 Champion, improved to 14-7 and 8-4 in league play.
The Jayhawks were led by middle blockers Josi Lima and Ashley Michaels, who had seven kills apiece. Emily Brown and Paula Caten each added six kills in the loss.
Libero Jill Dorsey led the defense with a match-high 13 digs while Lima pitched in eight digs and four block assists. Brown, Dani Wittman and Andi Rozum each added at least four digs in the defensive effort.
Rozum dished 26 assists and two block solos. Michaels also added a season-high three of KU’s seven service aces.
K-State was led by Vali Hejjas, who totaled a match-best 18 kills in 42 attempts. The Wildcats out-hit the Jayhawks .239 to .059 and outblocked them 15.0 to 9.0 on the day.
K-State broke open a tight game one at 19-18 by going on a 5-0 run, which included kills from Hejjas and Gabby Guerre to go ahead, 24-18. The Wildcats never looked back as they went on to score six of the final eight points to take a 30-20 win. Kansas State hit .424 in game one, while holding the Jayhawks to a .135 clip.
The Wildcats carried the momentum from a late run in game one over to game two as they jumped out to a quick 7-1 lead. K-State built leads of 10, 11 and 12 late in the game as they cruised, 30-19, for a 2-0 lead in the match. K-State again dominated both offensively and at the net, hitting .333 for the game while holding the Jayhawks to .000 hitting.
Kansas came out in game three and battled to the end as K-State used a late 3-0 run to take a close 30-28 win to clinch the match. K-State held a seemingly comfortable 25-21 lead in the game, until KU went on a 5-1 run to tie the game at 26. After a Wildcat error gave Kansas a 28-27 lead, K-State answered with three straight for the win.
The Jayhawks will next be in action Wednesday as they travel to Border Showdown rival Missouri. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at the Hearnes Center in Columbia.