Jayhawks Host #1 Huskers on Senior Night

Nov. 21, 2006


Kansas volleyball plays its final home match of the season Wednesday night against No. 1 Nebraska at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. The Jayhawks (10-17, 3-15 Big 12 Conference) and Huskers (25-1, 17-1) will face off at 7 p.m. Five KU seniors will be recognized pre-game and address the crowd after the match. Live Gametracker and video web streaming, a recap and box score for the match can be found here.

Sold Out!
Wednesday’s Kansas-Nebraska match is SOLD OUT of reserved tickets. Based on availability, a very limited number of general admission tickets may be available for purchase beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center ticket office for $10 each.

About the Jayhawks
The Jayhawks (10-17, 3-15) are averaging 15.71 kills and 14.57 assists per game, which rank fourth and sixth in the Big 12, respectively. Senior outside hitter Jana Correa paces a balanced KU offense with 3.82 kills per game — good for ninth in the league — and has recorded 14 or more kills in 16 matches this season. This season, Correa became the ninth Jayhawk in school history to record 1,000 kills for her career and currently ranks seventh on the KU all-time list. Junior right side hitter Emily Brown (3.44 kpg/2.82 dpg), a threat in all six rotations, and sophomore middle blocker Savannah Noyes (3.26 kpg) round out the top KU hitters. Redshirt freshman setter Katie Martincich averages 11.82 assists per game, which ranks eighth in the league. KU’s defense features senior libero Jamie Mathewson (3.64 dpg) and five Jayhawks who average 2.22 or more digs per game. KU also gets a boost from rookie middle blocker Brittany Williams (2.37 kpg), who replaced injured Preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Natalie Uhart.

Scouting the #1 Huskers
Behind a match-high 23 kills and four aces from junior All-American Sarah Pavan, No. 1 Nebraska clinched a share of the Big 12 title Saturday with a sweep of Baylor in front of a sellout crowd of 4,096 in Lincoln. With the win, the Huskers improved to 25-1 and 17-1 in the Big 12 and can clinch the outright title Wednesday evening at Kansas. It is NU’s 28th conference title in school history and ninth in 11 seasons of Big 12 competition. Pavan, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Week, leads the conference with 5.23 kills per game for a Husker offense that paces the league in hitting percentage (.301), assists (16.43) and kills per game (17.53). Sophomore Jordan Larson records 4.20 kills and a team-best 0.44 service aces per game. Freshman setter Rachel Holloway (13.49 assists per game) and senior defensive specialist Dani Busboom (5.02 digs per game) also rank third and lead the conference in assists and digs, respectively.

The Kansas-Nebraska Series — Depends on who you ask!
According to Kansas records, Nebraska leads the all-time series against the Jayhawks, 76-1-1. If you ask the Huskers, they are a perfect 77-0 against KU. Jayhawk records indicate a 2-1 KU win on Oct. 17, 1975, at Graceland College and a 1-1 tie on Nov. 5, 1977, in Lawrence.

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