Kansas concludes Kansas Invitational with loss to Syracuse
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas concluded the Kansas Invitational with a three-set defeat to Syracuse in the Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena. KU finished the tournament 1-2 with a win in its home opener against Morehead State Thursday, Sept. 12.
In the first set, Kansas and Syracuse battled back-and-forth and the Jayhawks held a narrow one-point advantage, needing only four points more to claim the set. The Orange mounted a comeback and rattled off five-consecutive points to take the set.
Set two was more of the same for the two schools with Syracuse claiming a two-set edge after beating KU 31-29.
In the final set, Kansas was unable to gain momentum and fell to the Orange to close out the tournament.
The KU attack was led by Zoe Hill, who finished with a team-high eight kills, while fellow senior Ashley Smith tallied five. Sara Nielsen again finished with 20-or-more assists and was the team leader with 27. Allie Nelson secured double-digit digs and finished with 10.
Kansas travels to Las Vegas, Nevada for the Rebel Challenge and is scheduled to face UNLV and Arizona State.
CARRIER LEAVES NO DOUBT
In the third set, redshirt-freshman Kailea Carrier leaves no doubt on her attack attempt.
With Kansas looking to gain momentum against a tough Syracuse attack, Morgan Christon registered a solo block to tie the second set score, 18-18.
Ashley Smith tallied a kill in the second set to tie a back-and-forth set at 28-all.
Zoe Hill and Morgan Christon with a block to bring the Jayhawks back to even in the second set.
HILL WITH THE KILL
Zoe Hill gets a kill in the first set to stop Syracuse’s momentum.