Kansas Volleyball Sweeps Baylor

Nov. 10, 2004

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Junior middle blocker Josi Lima tallied a season-high 18 kills as the University of Kansas volleyball team swept Baylor, 30-25, 30-23, 30-26, Wednesday night at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. With the win, KU improved to 15-9 overall and 6-9 in the Big 12 Conference while the Lady Bears dropped to 12-15 and 4-12 in league play.

With the victory, KU moved into sixth place in the league standings after Colorado (11-12, 6-10) fell 3-1 at Kansas State tonight.

In addition to her 18 kills on a .452 attack percentage, Lima had eight digs and five total blocks (including a career-best three solos). Jana Correa added 15 kills (.303 hitting mark) and two blocks of her own.

Three Jayhawks — Ashley Michaels, Emily Brown and Paula Caten — rounded out the balanced offensive attack with nine kills apiece. Andi Rozum dished a match-best 49 assists to go with four kills and three assists while Jill Dorsey led the KU defense with nine digs.

After three straight BU hitting errors, KU jumped to a 17-6 lead in game one. The Lady Bears came back later in the stanza with a six-point run to come within 23-18. BU then rattled off a 5-1 run to force two Jayhawks time outs (24-23), but KU held on. Lima notched three kills and Brown ended game one with a kill, 30-25.

KU outhit the Lady Bears .316 to .083 in game one and took the hitting momentum into the second stanza. BU remained close but could not overcome the Jayhawks at the net. The combo of Lima, Michaels, Correa and Brown combined for nine kills after KU took a 20-18 lead. The Jayhawks hit a scorching .447 in game two, taking a 2-0 lead into the break (30-23).

Lima stayed aggressive at the net in game three, notching seven of her 18 kills. KU led by as many as five, forcing the Lady Bears to use two more time outs. Correa closed out the match with a kill, 30-26, to give the Jayhawks their third straight win at home.

BU was led by Kelly Spriggs, who had 11 kills. KU out-hit the Lady Bears .376 to .196 but was outblocked 9.5 to 7.0 in the win.

“We had an impressive hitting efficiency and Andi did a really good job of moving the ball around against Baylor, one of the best blocking teams in the Big 12,” KU head coach Ray Bechard said. “All of our hitters had nine or more kills so we were very balanced.”

“Nebraska is only 48 hours away,” Bechard added. “I talked to the team tonight about going there (Lincoln) and having fun and playing with no fear. They (the Huskers) are really rolling and I think they are the best team in the country right now.”

Kansas will travel to No. 3 Nebraska Friday. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at the NU Coliseum. The match will air live in the Lincoln area and tape-delayed on College Sports Television.