KU Ends Regular Season With 3-0 Loss in Ames

Nov. 26, 2005

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AMES, Iowa –

The University of Kansas volleyball team ended its regular season with a 3-0 loss (30-27, 30-14, 30-27) at Iowa State Saturday night in Hilton Coliseum. With the loss, the Jayhawks moved to 15-14 overall and 7-13 in the Big 12 Conference while the Cyclones improved to 16-15 and 9-11 in league play.

Senior Paula Caten led KU with nine kills, nine digs and two aces for a team-high 13.5 points. Senior Josi Lima (five digs) and sophomore Megan Hill each added seven kills in the effort.

The Jayhawks were without senior setter Andi Rozum, who was forced to sit out of the match with an injury. Sophomore Emily Brown, typically an opposite side hitter, ran the offense and totaled a career-high 27 assists to go with her seven digs. Junior Jamie Mathewson chipped in nine digs in the defensive effort.

Rozum, injured Wednesday against #10 Missouri, is the second starter KU lost this year after junior Jana Correa (3.60 kills per game) suffered a season-ending injury on Oct. 5.

KU hit just .040 in the match (31 kills and 27 errors on 101 attempts) and was outblocked by the Cyclones 11.0 to 8.0. ISU was led by sophomore Erin Boeve, who had 10 kills in the win.

“I was pleased with the way we played in games one and three, but we needed plays to extend the match and weren’t able to do that,” head coach Ray Bechard said. “I was proud of the way we battled under such tough circumstances. A lot of our players had to play new roles tonight and we only wish we could have finished stronger.”

KU will await its postseason fate as NCAA Tournament bids will be announced Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPNews.