Jayhawks Lose Heartbreaker To Aggies, 3-2

Nov. 16, 2005

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas –

Sophomore Emily Brown and senior Josi Lima set new career highs as the Jayhawks fell to Texas A&M, 3-2, Wednesday night at G. Rollie White Coliseum. With the loss, Kansas volleyball dropped to 15-12 overall and 7-11 in the Big 12 Conference.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

With the win (32-30, 28-30, 24-30, 30-28, 15-9), Texas A&M (13-12, 6-10) stopped KU’s three-match win streak.

Brown led KU with a career-best 25 kills (.342) and added 10 digs and 5.5 blocks in the effort. Lima totaled 22 kills and had just three errors for a team-high .404 hitting efficiency and contributed 12 digs and 3.5 total blocks.

Senior Paula Caten added 14 kills and nine digs and junior Jamie Mathewson paced the defense with 18 digs. Senior Andi Rozum ran the offense with a match-high 69 assists and added 11 digs and five kills. Freshman Savannah Noyes rounded out the KU offense with eight kills.

The Jayhawks hit .251 in the match, outblocked A&M, 14.0 to 10.0, and outdug the Aggies 77 to 75.

The Aggies were led by senior All-American Laura Jones, who totaled a match-high 28 kills to go with her 18 digs.

Brown totaled eight kills (.700 hitting efficiency) in the first game to lead KU while Jones had nine kills in the Aggies’ .429 hitting effort.

A&M jumped to a 12-8 lead in game two, forcing a Jayhawk timeout. Behind the serving of junior Dani Wittman and Mathewson, KU took advantage of some Aggie hitting errors and used a 6-1 run to take a 27-23 lead. The Jayhawks held on for the 30-28 win, getting kills from Lima, Brown and Caten to end the game.

KU held the Aggies to a .000 hitting mark in the second stanza (12 kills, 12 errors on 52 attempts) but the Jayhawks managed just a .039 clip (15 kills, 13 errors on 51 attempts) to tie the match.

The Jayhawks took a 13-5 advantage in the third stanza using a balanced offense and solid serving by Brown, who ranks second in the Big 12 with 0.43 aces per game. KU pulled ahead behind a .475 hitting efficiency (20 kills, 1 error, 40 attempts) and closed the game behind three straight Noyes kills, 30-24.

KU scored six unanswered points to take a 12-8 lead in game four. The Aggies tied the stanza at the halfway mark, 15-all, on two aces by Jones and took a 19-17 lead off three straight KU errors. With the game tied, 28-all, A&M produced a kill and Lima knocked a ball out of bounds to force a deciding game five.

The Aggies led, 11-8, and were able to close the final game with two straight blocks, 15-9. KU hit just .042 in the last stanza (six kills, five errors on 27 attempts) while A&M tallied a .300 clip at the net.

KU will enjoy a Saturday bye and next be in action Wednesday when it hosts Border Showdown rival #11 Missouri. The match will be the Jayhawks’ last home contest of the season and will honor seniors Lima, Rozum and Caten. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.