Jayhawks Lose Close Match to Buffs, 3-0
Nov. 8, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Three Jayhawks totaled nine or more kills as Kansas volleyball was swept in a close match by visiting Colorado, 30-25, 30-28 and 32-30, Wednesday night at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. Junior Emily Brown led KU with 12 kills as the Jayhawks, who donned red jerseys, moved to 10-15 overall and 3-13 in Big 12 Conference action.
Four Buffaloes tallied double-digit kills with junior Amber Sutherland leading the way with 13. With the victory, CU improved to 14-9 on the season and 10-6 in league play.
“It may have been exciting, but obviously it’s tough to lose close matches when you’re at home,” KU head coach Ray Bechard said. “In our minds, we have a lot to play for. We’ve got to find a way to keep it alive a little bit, especially in game three. We’ve have to give Colorado a lot of credit for the plays they made and I felt like they took a lot of risks and had some heavy swings. We’re disappointed we couldn’t extend the match. We needed to extend the match. In saying that, we didn’t need to win it, but just to extend it. After that, you never know.”
Brown also hit at a team-high .333 hitting efficiency, totaled eight assists and tied a career best with three solo blocks. Senior Jana Correa added 10 kills and a team-best 11 digs for her 13th double-double of the season. Sophomore Savannah Noyes contributed nine kills and freshman Brittany Williams had six in the effort.
Redshirt freshman Katie Martinich dished 22 assists to go with four digs and two aces. Senior Jamie Mathewson totaled 10 digs in the defensive effort while freshman Isadora Rangel made her third start of the season.
Six Buffs totaled three kills in Game One as CU jumped to a 14-9 lead following five unanswered points. Despite falling behind 26-17, the Jayhawks rallied behind the service of Martincich to reel off a 7-0 run to cut their deficit to three. Correa totaled eight of the Jayhawks’ 17 digs in the game, but the Buffs’ 24 digs and balanced offense outlasted the late KU effort.
In Game Two, KU tied the match 15-all following five unanswered points and solid serving by Correa. The teams exchanged leads to the 27-27 mark, but CU pulled away on a kill by sophomore Alex Buth, one of her six in the game, and a Jayhawk service error. Brown came alive for the Jayhawks in Game Two, notching five of her 12 kills.
The Jayhawks strung together another 6-0 run to tie Game Three, 16-16, and force a CU timeout. KU took a 26-21 lead, but CU responded soon after with five unanswered points to tied he game at 28-all. The teams came out of a timeout and the Buffs survived two game points before overcoming KU on a block and Sutherland kill. Despite six kills from Noyes, five from Brown and a match-high .279 hitting efficiency, the Jayhawks were outhit 23 to 18 in kills as CU swung at a .327 clip for the win.
KU will enjoy a bye Saturday and return to Big 12 action Nov. 15 at Baylor (15-12, 4-11). Match time at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, is set for 7 p.m.