🏐 Jayhawks Take Down Kansas State In Four Sets
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas was able to fight off Kansas State in four sets on Saturday afternoon in the Lawrence edition of the Dillions Sunflower Showdown inside Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.
The first set started with both teams trading jabs and the back-and-forth battle saw each team knotted at 6-6. The Jayhawks started to pull away from the Wildcats with the help of a combined 13 kills from sophomores Rachel Langs and Camryn Ennis, going on to win the set, 25-18.
The two in-state rivals battled out the second set from start-to-finish, with the lead changing multiple times. With the score tied at 22-all, Kansas State surged forward and won the second set, 25-23.
Kansas stole the momentum away from Kansas State in the third set, earning the lead early and never relinquishing it. KSU tried to mount a comeback in the closing points, but KU prevailed, winning the third set, 25-23.
The Jayhawks carried their momentum into the fourth set, but the Wildcats weren’t going to go down without a fight. While Kansas led for most of the set, Kansas State was close behind, tying the score at 24-24. KU went on to win the next two points, defeating KSU, 26-24.
Four Jayhawks recorded double-digit kills in Langs (13), Ennis (12), senior Ashley Smith (10) and freshman Morgan Christon (10). Ennis and senior Allie Nelson also contributed with a combined 21 digs, while Sara Nielsen finished with 44 assists.
Kansas returns to the road and travels to Austin, Texas to play No. 1 Texas Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m., in Gregory Gym.