KU Volleyball Takes On Second Straight Ranked Opponent At No. 4 Texas Saturday
Nov. 20, 2008
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
After a week off, the Kansas volleyball team returns to the court to face its second straight ranked opponent when they travel to No. 4 Texas Saturday, Nov. 22. The match between the Jayhawks (12-14, 6-11 Big 12) and Longhorns (22-3, 15-2 Big 12) is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Free live stats for the contest are available on the Kansas Athletics website at www.kuathletics.com. In addition, fans can access free live video streaming on the website.
The Jayhawks, who had a week off due to a bye in the schedule, are coming off a 3-0 loss to No. 3 Nebraska last Saturday. At 12-14 overall and 6-11 in the Big 12, Kansas is led by sophomore outside hitter Karina Garlington, who is fifth in the Big 12 with 3.69 kps, and is currently ranked eighth on KU’s single-season records list. Senior middle blocker Savannah Noyes has been KU’s most accurate attacker with a team-high .273 hitting percentage on the season and the league’s ninth best clip at .315 in conference action. Setting up the Kansas offense has been freshman Nicole Tate. Tate is fifth in the Big 12 rankings with 9.84 aps. Defensively, sophomore libero Melissa Manda is ninth in the conference digging up 3.28 balls per set, while three more Jayhawks contribute over two digs per set. In her last two matches, Manda has averaged 5.57 dps.
Head coach Ray Bechard is in his 11th season as head coach of the Jayhawks with a 173-158 overall record.
No. 4 Texas enters Saturday’s contest with a six-match winning streak after a 3-1 win over third-ranked Nebraska Wednesday in Austin. UT, which leads the Big 12 in attack percentage (.337) and blocks (2.65), is 11-1 at home this season with its lone loss to Oklahoma on Oct. 29. Junior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker paces the Big 12 with 4.46 kps in conference matches, while senior middle blocker Lauren Paolini leads the league with a .502 attack percentage. Michelle Kocher, a freshman, is second in the rankings with 11.62 aps for the Longhorns. In the back court, junior libero Heather Kisner averages 4.15 dps, fifth in the Big 12.
Texas is coached by Jerritt Elliott, who is 178-61 in his eighth year as head coach of the Longhorns.
Kansas trails the all-time series with Texas 24-4 dating back to 1981. KU last defeated Texas, who owns a nine-match winning streak over the Jayhawks, on Nov. 8, 2003, which is also Kansas’ only win in Austin.
Seven Jayhawks Named Academic All-Big 12
A league-leading seven KU volleyball players were named to the 2008 Academic All-Big 12 Volleyball Team. Katie Martincich and Paige Mazour were two of just five nominees honored with a 4.0 grade point average. Also earning first team honors were Karina Garlington, Melissa Grieb, Melissa Manda and Savannah Noyes. Natalie Uhart was named to the second team.
Fans can purchase single-game tickets to KU home matches by phone at 800-34-HAWKS, online at KUAthletics.com or at the doors of the Horejsi Center prior to match time.
Kansas will return to the Horejsi Family Athletics Center for its final home game of the season when it hosts Baylor on senior night on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.
KU seniors Savannah Noyes and Natalie Uhart will be honored in a brief recognition ceremony following the match.