No. 9 Nebraska Outlasts Kansas Volleyball

LAWRENCE, Kan. – A stifling Nebraska defense helped the No. 9 Cornhuskers defeat the Kansas volleyball team in three sets Saturday afternoon as the Jayhawks fell by scores of 25-15, 25-12, and 25-18.

With two regular-season matches remaining, KU dropped to 15-13 overall and 7-11 in the Big 12, while Nebraska improved its mark to 21-6 on the season and 14-4 in league play.

Kansas hit a match-high .250 attack percentage in the final set but was no match for Nebraska’s .406 clip. The Cornhuskers finished the match hitting .433 and collected 50 kills compared to Kansas’ 26.

Sophomore Allison Mayfield recorded a team-best 10 kills for the Jayhawks. Junior Karina Garlington added eight, including six kills in the third set.

Trailing 2-0 after the first two sets, Kansas put together a strong effort in the third frame. The teams tied five times before KU finally took its first lead of the match at 11-10 off an NU attack error. Garlington tallied a kill to help KU stay on top at 12-11 and senior Paige Mazour added another to make it 13-12. Another Cornhusker hitting error put the Jayhawks ahead by an additional point, but Nebraska managed to knot the score at 14-all and again at 15-15 before stringing together six-straight points to pull out of reach.

The Jayhawks combined for 13 kills in the first two sets as the Cornhusker defense was virtually impenetrable.

Kansas hung within one and two points of NU in set one until the Huskers, who were leading 14-13, used a 7-1 run to widen the gap.

In set two, Nebraska hit a match-high .516 and recorded 18 kills en route to its 25-12 win. A balanced Husker offense saw five players finish the match with seven-plus kills led by Kori Cooper’s 11 kills.

Kansas will play its final home match of the season on Tuesday, Nov. 24 versus Texas Tech. The contest will mark the last match in the Horejsi Family Athletics Center for seniors Melissa Grieb, Katie Martincich, Paige Mazour and Brittany Williams. A brief recognition ceremony will take place following the match.