Martincich Gets 1,000th Assist as KU Falls at Iowa State
Nov. 4, 2006
AMES, IOWA –
<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas volleyball lost to IowaState in three games Saturday night at the Hilton Coliseum to wrap up a Big 12 Conference road swing. The Cyclones (17-7, 9-5 Big 12) defeated the Jayhawks (10-14, 3-12), 30-18, 30-22 and 30-23, to extend their win streak to five matches.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
With her 34 assists in the match, redshirt freshman Katie Martincich eclipsed the 1,000-mark to rank among KU’s top setters. Martincich also added eight digs while senior Jamie Mathewson had 10 in the defensive effort.
Senior Megan Hill led the KU offense with 11 kills on a .409 hitting efficiency and senior Jana Correa added nine kills and 10 digs for her 13th double-double of the year. Freshman Brittany Williams and sophomore Savannah Noyes each contributed seven kills to round out the top Jayhawk scorers.
Three Cyclones notched double-digit kills for an ISU offense that outhit KU .344 to .162 and totaled seven aces to the Jayhawks’ one on the night.
Hitting and reception errors hampered KU in Game One. Three Jayhawks recorded negative attack percentages as the team hit .103 in the game – 12 kills and eight errors on 30 attempts. Hill was solid for the Jayhawks with three kills and no errors on six attempts (.500). The Cyclones also scored four points off KU reception errors.
The Jayhawks started off strong in Game Two, taking a 6-3 lead. Five consecutive points by ISU gave the Cyclones a 10-8 advantage, which they held on to for the remainder of the game. Noyes and Williams paced the KU hitters with four kills apiece, but the Jayhawks made too many errors at the net, notching 14 kills and 10 errors on 53 swings for a .075 hitting efficiency.
KU stayed close to the Cyclones in Game Three, trailing 10-8 after three straight kills from Hill and solid jump service from senior Linsey Morningstar. The Jayhawks came out of their last timeout and cut their deficit to four (22-18), but could not catch up to ISU. KU improved its hitting efficiency to .342 in the game (17 kills and four errors on 38 attempts) but the Cyclones hit at a .429 clip and added two more blocks to wrap up the match.
The Jayhawks return to the friendly confines of the HorejsiFamilyAthleticsCenter Wednesday to host Colorado. Match time in Lawrence is set for 7 p.m.