Jayhawk Volleyball Takes On No. 3 Nebraska Saturday Night

Nov. 13, 2008


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Kansas volleyball (12-13, 6-10 Big 12) returns to the friendly confines of the Horejsi Family Athletics Center for the third time in its last four matches when it welcomes No. 3 Nebraska (25-1, 15-1 Big 12) to Lawrence on Saturday, Nov. 15 for a 7 p.m. match.

Free live stats for the contest are available on the Kansas Athletics website at www.kuathletics.com. In addition, fans can access live video streaming on the website for a subscription fee.

About Kansas

After earning its first two sweeps in conference play a week ago, Kansas’ streak ended with a 3-1 loss at Oklahoma Wednesday as the Jayhawks moved to 12-13 overall and 6-10 in Big 12 action. Last week’s AVCA National Player of the Week, sophomore Karina Garlington, continues to pace the Jayhawk offense with 3.54 kps in conference matches. Jenna Kaiser, also a sophomore, is next with 2.54 kps. Senior Savannah Noyes has been KU’s most efficient hitter swinging at a .318 clip during league contests. In the backrow, libero Melissa Manda is coming off a season-high-tying 27 digs at Oklahoma and leads Kansas with 3.35 dps.

Head coach Ray Bechard is in his 11th season as head coach of the Jayhawks with a 173-157 overall record.

Scouting Nebraska

Up until four matches ago, Nebraska was undefeated in the 2008 season. For the second time in two years, the Huskers lost at Colorado, the only blemish on their record (25-1, 15-1 Big 12). Two Cornhuskers contribute over three kills per game in conference action in senior Jordan Larson (3.98 kps) and sophomore Tara Mueller (3.78 kps), who rank fourth and fifth respectively in the conference. Junior Kori Cooper leads the offense with a .371 attack percentage, second-best in the Big 12. Sophomore Sydney Anderson runs the NU offense, which is second in the league hitting .270 against Big 12 foes, with11.89 aps. On defense Kayla Banwarth, a second-year player, is tops on the team digging up 4.38 balls per set and senior Amanda Gates is averaging 1.20 bps at the net.

Nebraska is coached by John Cook, who is 275-18 in his ninth year as head coach of the Huskers.

Series History

Kansas has defeated Nebraska in volleyball just once in its 30-plus year history – the first meeting in 1975 – as NU holds an 80-1-1 advantage in the all-time series with the Jayhawks. Since the start of the Big 12 in 1996, KU has lost in three sets all but five times- including its last meeting earlier this season when Kansas took NU to four sets.

Garlington Named AVCA National Player of the Week

Karina Garlington was selected as the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I National Player of the Week on Nov.11.

Garlington hit .354, while averaging 5.0 kills, 1.67 digs and 5.75 points per set in two wins last week. In the Jayhawks’ first match, Garlington hit .372 with a team-high 20 kills in a 3-0 win over Colorado. It was her fifth 20-kill performance of the season. The outside hitter also had seven digs, two aces and one block in the match. Against Texas Tech, she hit .318 with 10 kills in 22 attempts, while also totaling three digs, one ace and two blocks in the 3-0 win. In addition, the match marked the sixth consecutive outing in which she has served at least one ace.

Garlington is the second athlete from Kansas to be named Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week. The other Jayhawk to receive the honor was Josi Lima on Sept. 19, 2005.

Home Win Streak

With its win over Texas Tech Saturday, Kansas extended its home win streak to four matches. It is the Jayhawks’ longest win streak in Lawrence since 2004.

Conference Wins

With its win over Texas Tech, KU matched its number of Big 12 wins from a year ago. If and when Kansas picks up its seventh conference win this year, it will be the most by the Jayhawks since the team went 7-13 in 2005.

Up Next

Kansas volleyball has a bye in the schedule next Wednesday. The Jayhawks return to action with their second straight ranked opponent at No. 4 Texas on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m.