Kansas Volleyball Returns Home to Host Aggies

Nov. 19, 2004

LAWRENCE, Kan. – With just three regular-season matches remaining, Kansas looks to keep its postseason hopes alive Saturday night as it hosts No. 13 Texas A&M. The Jayhawks (15-11, 6-11 Big 12) and Aggies (17-5, 13-4) will square off at 7 p.m. at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.

The match will air tape-delayed on KU’s student TV station, KUJH (Ch. 31 on Sunflower Broadband). Gametracker and post-match results will be available on kuathletics.com.

Quick Notes

Texas A&M Preview
The No. 13 Aggies are coming off a sweep win over Iowa State and have won nine of their last ten matches. TAMU is 11-1 at home this season including 8-0 in Big 12 play, but 5-4 on the road in league matches.

TAMU is the second-best blocking team in the Big 12 (3.29 bpg) behind No. 3 Nebraska and ranks third in the league with a .178 opponent hitting percentage.

The Kansas/Texas A&M Series
Texas A&M leads the all-times series 17-1. The Jayhawks defeated the Aggies (3-0) for the first time in school history on Nov. 22, 2003 in Lawrence. TAMU won the teams’ last meeting on Sept. 17 in College Station.

The Last Time KU & TAMU Met…
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – No. 24 Kansas lost its first match of the season 3-1 to No. 12 Texas A&M Sept. 17 at the G. Rollie White Coliseum. The Jayhawks fell in game one 18-30 but came back strong to win game two, 30-25, only to be downed in the final games 21-30 and 26-30.

Josi Lima led KU with 17 kills in 43 attempts while Paula Caten and Lindsey Morris added 10 apiece. Ashley Michaels notched eight kills and six blocks assists (one solo) and Emily Brown had 13 digs and eight kills of her own.

Jill Dorsey led the defense with 16 kills while Andi Rozum dished out 48 assists. As a team, KU hit a season-low .155 and was outblocked by the Aggies 15.0 to 9.0.

Morris came down hard on a kill in the fourth game and did not return to the match. KU was also without sophomore outside hitter Jana Correa (2.70 kills per game), who also sat out of action with a reoccurring injury.

Texas A&M’s Laura Jones led all players with 20 kills and added 14 digs. Melissa Munsch added 14 kills, 10 digs, eight block assists and two solos.

Michaels To Join 1,000-Kill Club
Senior middle blocker Ashley Michaels will be the third Jayhawk this season to join Kansas volleyball’s 1,000 club. Michaels currently has 996 career kills — just four away from becoming KU’s eighth member of the elite group.

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 Newest Member of 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 with 1,039 and is on track to break the career record (1,306) set by Sarah Rome.

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