Jayhawks Continue Big 12 Road Swing at Texas

Nov. 16, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas –

Kansas will wrap up a Big 12 Conference road swing 7 p.m.Wednesday at No. 11 Texas. After a solid match at No. 3 Nebraska on Friday, the Jayhawks (15-10, 6-10 Big 12) will battle a Longhorn squad that started its season 16-0 and is coming off a 3-1 loss at Missouri.

A Livestats link, box score and post-match results will be available on kuathletics.com.

Quick Notes

Texas Preview
The 11th-ranked Longhorns (21-3, 13-3 Big 12) are coming off a 3-1 loss at Missouri Saturday. Texas is 10-1 at home this season (lost only to No. 4 Nebraska) and averages 1,900 fans at the Gregory Gym each match.

Texas leads the Big 12 in hitting percentage (.314) and ranks second in kills (17.33 per game) and opponent hitting (.165).

Mira Topic, the Big 12 Player of the Week, has posted 32+ kills in her last two matches, the first 30+ kills performance of any player in the league this season. Against Missouri, Topic recorded the 2,000th kill of her career and is just 11 away from becoming Texas’ all-time career kills leader.

The Kansas/Texas Series

Texas leads the all-time series 16-4, but Kansas has won three of the last four meetings. The Longhorns swept KU on Sept. 25 in the teams’ first meeting of the season.

The Last Time KU & UT Met…
LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 21 Kansas was swept by undefeated No. 22 Texas Sept. 25 at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. The Longhorns stunned the Jayhawks in front of a home crowd of 1,250 by scores of 30-24, 30-20 and 30-15.

Paula Caten led KU with 11 kills in 28 attempts and added six digs. Josi Lima added nine kills and team-best five blocks assists while Emily Brown and Ashley Michaels added seven kills apiece.

Jill Dorsey had a match-high 13 digs and setter Andi Rozum dished out 33 assists in the losing effort. KU hit a season-low .099 at the net and was out-blocked by the Longhorns 11.0 to 6.0. The Jayhawks also had seven reception and five service errors.
The Longhorns were led by Bethany Howden’s 17 kills (on a .630 attack percentage) and six block assists. Four Texas players notched eight or more digs in the win.

Six Jayhawks Named Academic All-Big 12
DALLAS-The Big 12 Conference named 52 student-athletes to the 2004 Volleyball Academic All-Big 12 Team Tuesday. Included in the KU honorees were first-team selections (3.2 GPA or better) Jana Correa, Lindsey Morris, Jamie Mathewson and Jill Dorsey, and second-teamers (3.00 to 3.19 GPA) Ashley Bechard and Ashley Michaels.

Lima Joins 1,000 Club
With her 18 kills against Baylor on Nov. 10, junior middle blocker Josi Lima became just the seventh player in school history to record 1,000 kills for her career. Lima now sits at seventh on the all-time list and is on track to break the career record (1,306) set by Sarah Rome.

Lima paced the Jayhawks last week with 4.83 kills, 3.00 digs and 1.17 blocks per game. The 6-0 Brazilian native posted a match-best 18 kills on a .452 hitting percentage, eight digs and five total blocks in three games against Baylor and wrapped up the week with a match-best 11 kills, 10 digs and two blocks at No. 3 Nebraska.

Correa the Comeback Kid
Despite an injury that kept her out of 16 matches last season, sophomore outside hitter Jana Correa has been leading the Jayhawk offense as of late. Correa has notched double-digit kills in 13 of her 20 matches this season and led KU on six occasions.

The Macapa, Brazil, native has 215 kills and is hitting at a .246 clip this season, including 3.35 kills per game (.253) in Big 12 matches.

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