Volleyball Travels To Baylor Wednesday Night

Oct. 30, 2007


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Losing woes have continued for Kansas as the Jayhawks dropped their fifth straight match in a five-game decision versus Missouri Saturday night. The loss dropped KU to 10-13 on the season and 3-10 in the Big 12.

Baylor is riding a four-match winning streak that began in the two teams’ last meeting on Oct. 17. Most recently, the Bears notched a three game sweep of Texas Tech Saturday night to improve to 13-10 overall and 5-7 in Big 12 contests as they sit just one spot above KU in the conference standings in eighth.

Last Meeting With the Bears

After a dramatic five-game match, the University of Kansas volleyball team fell 3-2 to Baylor at the HorejsiFamilyAthleticsCenter on Oct. 17.

Senior Emily Brown recorded a triple-double swinging for a team-high 14 kills while adding 27 assists and 14 digs. Also in double-digit kills were Natalie Uhart and Flavia Lino with 12 a piece and Karina Garlington who tallied 11.

Katie Martincich ran the Jayhawk offense with a team-best 31 assists on the night. Melissa Manda dug up 20 balls on defense and Savannah Noyes tied a career-high three solo blocks at the net.

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 sixth triple-double of the season, and second consecutive, versus MU on Oct. 27 with a season-high 17 kills and 15 digs to go along with 29 assists.

– Freshman libero Melissa Manda set a career mark 30 digs on Saturday, the first 30-dig performance by a Jayhawk this season. It was also the third most digs recorded in a match by any Big 12 player this season.

– Sophomore Katie Martincich notched her team-leading 10th double-double of the year Saturday digging up a career-high 18 digs to go along with 32 assists.

– Uhart also notched an individual five-game and career-high 19 kills versus MU last Saturday as well as a career 12 total blocks. Her 12 total blocks were the fourth most recorded by any Big 12 player this season.

Team Notables:

– Five Jayhawks -Melissa Manda, Melissa Grieb, Katie Martincich, Emily Brown and Karina Garlington – registered double-digit digs on Oct. 27 versus Missouri. It was the most Jayhawks in double figures in a single match this season.

– The team tied a Big 12 match-high with its 102 digs Saturday night.

– KU ranks 30th 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

The Jayhawks take on Oklahoma this Saturday at the HorejsiFamilyAthleticsCenter. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.