Jayhawks Cruise Past Texas Tech on Senior Night
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Behind 14 kills from sophomore Allison Mayfield, the University of Kansas volleyball team defeated Texas Tech 3-0 (25-8, 25-15, 25-10) Tuesday evening during the Jayhawks’ senior night. The match was the final contest in the Horejsi Family Athletics Center for seniors Melissa Grieb, Katie Martincich, Paige Mazour and Brittany Williams.
With just one final regular-season match remaining, KU improved to 16-13 overall and 8-11 in the Big 12. It marks the most Big 12 victories and season wins for the Jayhawks since 2004. Texas Tech remained winless in the conference with a 0-19 record and 2-26 overall mark.
As a team, Kansas hit a .468 attack percentage, the KU’s highest attack percentage since recording a .512 clip on Aug. 25, 2006 versus Alabama A&M. It was the first time the Jayhawks’ recorded a hitting percentage over .400 since defeating St. Peter’s College on Sept. 7, 2007 with a .456 clip.
“I thought our first contact tonight was really good,” said head coach Ray Bechard. “We had great setting and we made some good choices with our hitting. I am really happy for our four seniors. They represent the true meaning of a student-athlete.”
Sophomore Lauren Hagan was one of four players to hit over .400 in the contest. She collected seven kills on a team-high .700 attack percentage. Mazour hit .556 for five kills, while Mayfield hit .440 and Williams had seven kills on a .400 hitting night.
Kansas opened the contest with seven unanswered points to quickly put itself out of reach. The Jayhawks committed just one attack error in the opening frame to hit a match-best .500, while TTU recorded just six kills in the 25-8 KU win. Texas Tech’s eight points were the fewest points scored by a KU opponent this season.
In set two, KU couldn’t shake the Red Raiders early but used an 8-3 run to close out the set with a 25-15 win. Mazour, Martincich and Mayfield each had a service ace in the set.
Texas Tech took its first lead of the match at 4-3 in the third set and scored the following point to go up by two. However, Kansas rattled off 13 of the next 14 points to take a commanding 16-6 lead. The Jayhawks made quick work of the Red Raiders downing TTU 25-10 in the final frame.
KU showcased a balanced defense in its final home match of the season as four players had seven or more digs. Martincich and Mayfield led the team with eight a piece. Sophomore Nicole Tate and junior Melissa Manda chipped in with seven digs each. KU out-dug Texas Tech 42-21 in the contest and held an identical advantage in kills.
The Jayhawks wrap up their 2009 regular season on Saturday, Nov. 28 at Texas. That match is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.