Kansas Hosts Colorado on Senior Night
Nov. 26, 2004
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Four seniors will be honored Saturday night as Kansas plays its final regular-season match against Colorado at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. The match will also determine whether the Jayhawks (17-11, 8-11 Big 12 Conference) can tie the Buffaloes (14-12, 9-10) for sixth place in the league standings.
Match time is set for 7 p.m. Gametracker and post-match results will be available on kuathletics.com. KU will await its postseason fate as NCAA Tournament bids will be announced Sunday at 5:40 p.m. on ESPNEWS.
The Buffaloes are riding a three-match, nine-game win streak with victories over Oklahoma, Baylor and Iowa State over the last two weeks. Colorado is 9-10 in Big 12 action this season but just 3-6 on the road in league matches.
Colorado is without the services of junior outside hitter Maragda Santillana, who has sat out the last six matches with an injury to her right rotator cuff. Santillana averaged 4.17 kills and 1.94 digs per game this season.
The Kansas/Colorado Series
Colorado leads the all-time series against the Jayhawks 30-7. Kansas has won five of the teams’ last eight meetings, but the Buffaloes were victorious in the last two match-ups (Oct. 9, 2004 & Oct. 24, 2003). KU’s other two wins over CU were in 1986 and 1987.
Kansas has not lost to the Buffaloes at the Horejsi Center since 1999.
KU seniors Ashley Bechard, Jill Dorsey, Ashley Michaels and Lindsey Morris will be honored in their final appearance on the Horejsi Family Athletic Center court Saturday night. The four Jayhawks, who will all graduate this spring, will be announced with their families before the national anthem and address the crowd post-match.
Bechard ranks 10th on KU’s all-time career assists list and is an Academic All-Big 12 Second Team selection. Dorsey, who is second on the Jayhawks’ all-time digs list, recorded her 1,000th dig this season and is a three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection.
Michaels, who recorded her 1,000th kill this season, ranks second on KU’s all-time block assists list and could finish her career with the best attack percentage of any Jayhawk in program history. In addition, Michaels is also a three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection.
Morris, who missed most of the 2004 season with an injury, is also a three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection who has seen action in 110 games over her career.
NCAA Selection Show Sunday
The 2004 NCAA Women’s Volleyball bracket announcement will be at 5:40 p.m. CST Sunday on ESPNEWS. Last season, KU earned its first-ever tournament bid after finishing tied for third (13-7) in the Big 12 Conference. Six Big 12 teams received bids in 2003 — Nebraska, Kansas State, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and Texas A&M.
Sweep or Be Swept
Last season, Kansas played a grueling 12 of their 28 matches to five games. In 2004, 19 of the Jayhawks’ 27 matches have been played to just three games. KU is 13-6 in three-gamers this season including 7-6 in Big 12 action.
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