Kansas Volleyball Sweeps Texas Tech
Nov. 24, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas – Three Jayhawks notched double-digit kills as the University of Kansas volleyball team swept Texas Tech Wednesday night at the United Spirit Arena. The Jayhawks, who improved to 17-11 overall and 8-11 in the Big 12 Conference, defeated the Lady Raiders 30-25, 30-24 and 30-25 for their second-straight sweep win.
With the loss, Texas Tech fell to 10-15 overall and 6-13 in league play.
Ashley Michaels led Kansas with 13 kills on an impressive .458 hitting percentage, added a career-high six digs and match-high four block assists. With her four block assists against Tech, Michaels moved into second place and tied with Cyndee Kanabel on KU’s all-time list with 311 for her career.
Josi Lima added 12 kills (.333) to go with her 10 digs and three total blocks while Paula Caten had 11 kills (.346) and three block assists.
Jana Correa contributed six kills and five digs while Emily Brown had eight digs and five kills in the win. Jill Dorsey had a match-best 21 digs for her fifth 20+ dig performance of the season. Andi Rozum dished a match-high 42 assists and added six digs and two block assists.
After a shaky game one that saw both teams hit under .082, the Jayhawks recorded a sizzling .395 hitting percentage in game two. Kansas stayed steady in the final game and held TTU to just 16 kills in 53 attempts (.132) for the victory.
KU also recorded five services aces, out hit the Lady Raiders .244 to .127 and out dug them 7.0 to 6.0.
“We played steady throughout the entire match ,” KU head coach Ray Bechard said. “Our middles — Michaels and Lima — played extremely well and showed their defensive toughness. Dorsey was flying all over the place and gave us alot of opportunities to keep the ball in play.”
“We can now look to Saturday’s match against Colorado, who is very enthused to come here,” Bechard added. “There are a few implications that come with that match-up and we hope to have a full house at Horejsi — especially for our seniors.”
KU will play its final regular-season match Saturday against Colorado at 7 p.m. at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. Four seniors will make their final career appearances on the Jayhawks’ home court.
Colorado is 14-12 overall and 9-10 in Big 12 action and sits at sixth place in the league standings. NCAA Tournament bids will be announced Sunday, Nov. 28 at 5:45 p.m. on ESPNEWS.