🏐 Kansas Falls In First Match Against West Virginia
LAWRENCE, Kan.- The No. 10 Kansas Jayhawks (1-4) dropped its series-opening match against the West Virginia Mountaineers (2-3) in five sets on Friday Night in the Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.
Ayah Elnady led the Kansas attack, tallying a career-high 18 kills on 49 attempts, while fellow freshman Karli Schmidt tallied double-figures, and a career-high 12 kills. Anezka Szabo joined Elnady and Schmidt in double-digits, finishing with 11 kills. Sara Nielsen (27) and Elise Mcghie (22) each shared setting duties, and finished with 20-or-more assists, while Molly Schultz recorded a team-best 26 digs.
Kansas opened the first set trailing West Virginia, but battled with the Big 12 foe, trading points before West Virginia captured the first set.
The Jayhawks came back in the second set and evened the score at one set each after a 25-21 set victory.
KU would secure the fourth set after WVU claimed the third, capturing the fourth set 25-20.
The fifth and final set of the match was another close battle with each team trading points. After Kansas gained momentum early, WVU creeped back into the set, and gained momentum late to claim the final set and match victory.
Kansas plays its Jayhawks for a Cure match against West Virginia, Saturday Oct. 10, at 5 p.m. in the Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena. This match will be streamed on the Big12 Now on ESPN+.