Jayhawk Volleyball Wraps Up Regular Season At Iowa State Saturday

Nov. 28, 2008


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After winning its final home match of the season and snapping a three-match skid with a win over Baylor Wednesday, Kansas volleyball (13-15, 7-12 Big 12) travels to Iowa State (18-12, 10-9 Big 12) for its final match of the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Free live stats for the contest are available on the Iowa State Athletics website at www.cyclones.com. In addition, fans can access live video streaming on the website for a fee.

About Kansas

With a 3-1 win over Baylor on senior night Wednesday, Kansas volleyball snapped a three-match skid and improved to 13-15 overall and 7-12 in the Big 12. Sophomore outside hitter Karina Garlington is sixth in the Big 12 averaging 3.56 kps in conference action and is coming off her sixth 20-kill performance of the year against Baylor. Senior Savannah Noyes is tenth in the league with a .300 hitting percentage at middle blocker. Sophomore Melissa Manda has been a back row staple for the Jayhawks’ defense leading the team with 3.43 dps, ninth in the Big 12.

Head coach Ray Bechard is in his 11th season as head coach of the Jayhawks with a 174-159 overall record.

Scouting Iowa State

Iowa State improved to 18-12 with a 3-0 sweep at No. 13 Kansas State Wednesday. The Cyclones, who are 10-9 in the conference, including 7-2 at home this season, rank in the conference’s top five in every statistical category during Big 12 play. Sophomore outside hitter Victoria Henson leads ISU with the league’s second-best average at 4.08 kps. Jen Malcolm, a senior middle blocker, is fourth in the conference swinging at a .344 clip. Sophomore libero Ashley Mass is tops in the Big 12 digging up 5.18 balls per set in league play.

Iowa State is coached by Christy Johnson, who is 74-52 in her fourth year as head coach of the Cyclones.

Series History

Kansas trails the all-time series with Iowa State 39-33-1 dating back to 1975, including a 7-21 disadvantage in Ames. The Jayhawks won the teams’ last meeting earlier this season to snap a six-match losing skid with the Cyclones. KU is 16-8 against ISU since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996. Five of its eight losses have been at Iowa State.

Conference Wins

With its win over Baylor on Wednesday, KU recorded its seventh conference victory of the season, the most Big 12 wins by the Jayhawks since the team went 7-13 in 2005.

Successful Senior Night

Kansas defeated Baylor on Wednesday during its senior night. It marked the Jayhawks’ first senior night win since 2004 when KU took down Colorado in four sets.

Breaking In

Sophomore Karina Garlington is just shy of cracking into KU’s top 10 single-season kill list. At 397 kills so far this year, the outside hitter needs seven more to score the number 10 spot.