Jayhawks stay unbeaten with win over Great Danes
ORLANDO, Fla. – Kansas volleyball moved to 3-0 on the season after a three-set sweep over the Albany Great Danes on Friday inside The Venue at UCF.
After KU cruised to a 25-16 win in set one, the second set did not come as easy. The Jayhawks found themselves down 23-20 but managed to rally off five-straight points to win the set and take a two-set lead.
Looking to complete their second-straight sweep, the Jayhawks once again found themselves in a tight battle that went down to the wire. After having a 21-15 lead, Albany fought their way back to tie the set at 22. The back-and-forth affair continued until KU was able to put together two-consecutive points behind a kill by Rachel Hickman and a setting error on Albany to capture the set and match victory, 29-27.
Hickman led the charge on the night, finishing with a team-high 11 kills on 28 attack attempts, while senior Allie Nelson tallied a team-high 16 digs.
Next up for the Jayhawks is SEC opponent South Carolina in the second game of the UCF Challenge. The match is set for Saturday (Sept. 7) at 3 p.m. (CT) in The Venue at UCF.
The Jayhawks complete the sweep and move to 3-0 on the year!
JAYHAWKS HIT 21
Kansas is the first to hit 21 points in set three and they have a 21-15 lead.
FIRST TO 10!
The Jayhawks are the first to hit 10 points in set three and have a 10-6 lead.
STAT LEADERS THROUGH SET TWO
KILLS | Zoe Hill with six
DIGS | Allie Nelson with 12
ASSISTS |Sara Nielsen with 17
STAT LEADERS THROUGH SET ONE
KILLS | Zoe Hill and Rachel Hickman with three
DIGS | Allie Nelson with five
ASSISTS |Sara Nielsen with 10
ZOE HILL LEADING JAYHAWKS
Hill has helped lead Kansas to a 17-10 lead in the first set thanks to a team-high three kills.
Head coach Ray Bechard speaks with setter Sara Nielsen prior to the start of the match to talk strategy against Albany.
PASS AND SERVE
Defensive specialist Jacqui Mostrom receives a serve during pregame.