Jayhawk Volleyball Sweeps Colorado
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Seniors Karina Garlington and Jenna Kaiser each recorded 12 kills and better than .300 attack percentages as the University of Kansas volleyball team defeated Colorado 25-19, 25-22 and 25-23 Saturday evening for the team’s second-straight sweep at home.
With the win, which marked the final meeting between the schools as Big 12 Conference foes, the Jayhawks improved to 15-11 overall and 6-9 in the Big 12, while CU fell to 6-15 on the year, including 3-12 in conference play.
Kansas jumped to an early lead in the opening set and used a 9-1 run at 10-8 to pull away from the Buffaloes. Sophomore Tayler Tolefree was a perfect 3-for-3 in the frame with no errors and added three blocks. Tolefree finished the match with a team-best .571 attack percentage to go along with her team-leading five blocks. She received help at the net from junior Allison Mayfield, who had a career-high five blocks during the night while also picking up eight digs.
Both teams took turns with the lead in the second set as Kansas and CU stayed within three points of each other through the entire frame. The schools tied nine times, with the last at 21-21, but KU was able to score four of the last five points to edge the Buffaloes 25-22. The Jayhawks took advantage of two Colorado errors in the final four points while Garlington added a kill and Mayfield and redshirt freshman Caroline Jarmoc combined for a block.
Freshman Brianne Riley collected seven of her match-high 18 digs in the second set as she helped limit the Buffaloes to a match-low .114 attack percentage.
The Jayhawks found themselves down 16-10 in the third and final set but battled back to eventually knot the score at 20-20 with the help of four Colorado errors and a back-to-back service aces from junior setter Nicole Tate. KU then took the lead at 22-20 but the Buffaloes managed to tie the set at 23-23. In the next play Kaiser came away with a kill, her fifth of the frame, before Jarmoc and Tate ended the match with a block for the final point.
Kansas will next travel to Texas A&M on Wednesday, Nov. 10 for a 6:30 p.m. match with the Aggies.