Post-match Notes: Kansas vs. Cleveland State NCAA First Round

Nov. 30, 2012

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Kansas def. Cleveland State, 3-1 (17-25, 25-10, 25-16, 25-18)


Cleveland State starters: Brittany Holland, Maggie Hannon, Amanda Medvetz, Nikki Holmes, Kara Koch, Marie Frease and Danya Roberts Kansas starters: Chelsea Albers, Brianne Riley, Sara McClinton, Tayler Tolefree, Morgan Boub, Caroline Jarmoc and Erin McNorton – Jarmoc and Tolefree each started for the 92nd-straight time


KU’s first NCAA win since 2004, when the Jayhawks defeated Santa Clara in four sets. The Jayhawks improve to 26-6 overall and have won five-straight matches. Kansas’ 26 victories mark the most in school history since the 1986 season. The Jayhawks lead the all-time series with Cleveland State, 2-0. The Jayhawks improve to 3-3 in the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks are now 9-4 in four-set matches this season. The Jayhawks improve to 17-1 at home this season. KU improves to 5-3 after dropping the first set.


CSU falls to 23-7 overall, snapping its 13-match winning streak. The Vikings fall to 0-2 all-time against Kansas. The Vikings are now 0-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Vikings are now 6-2 in four-set matches this season. The Vikings fall to 712-674-5 all-time. The CSU falls to 9-3 in road matches this season. The Vikings are now 20-2 after winning the first set of a match.


CSU jumped out to a 4-0 lead and then increased the margin to 8-2. KU was not able to get any closer than 12-10, as the Vikings claimed the first set. CSU was led by Kara Koch with four kills, but Kansas aided with seven attack errors. The 25-10 score in the second set was the worst the Vikings were beaten in a set this season topping the 25-11 third-set loss to Valparaiso. Kara Koch collected her 17th double-double of the season with 19 digs and 10 kills.


Kansas entered the NCAA Tournament as the event’s No. 11 overall seed and ranked No. 20 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Coaches poll. The second set win, 25-10, marked the most lopsided set of the season for the Jayhawks, topping the 25-11 first-set win over Texas Tech in their last match. Kansas got eight points from CSU attack errors in the set, as five Jayhawks combined for eight kills. KU collected a 100 percent sideout percentage for the set (11-for-11). Erin McNorton collected her 11th double-double of the season with 45 assists and 13 digs. The third set proved to be the first one with lead changes. With six ties and three lead changes, KU took control with the score knotted, 7-7. The Jayhawks methodically built a 17-15 lead, until ending the match on an 8-2 run for the win. Sara McClinton paced KU with seven kills in the set, she finished the match with a match-best 16 kills.