Jayhawks on wrong end of back-and-forth battle

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas volleyball was unable to secure its second victory of the Kansas Invitational on Friday night as it fell in straight sets to visiting Arizona inside Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.

Kansas and Arizona opened the contest with two highly contested sets, each ending in a 25-21 score in favor of the Wildcats.

Down two sets, the Jayhawks were in need of a rally to pull off the come from behind win. The set went down to the wire with both teams tied at 23. However, it was the Wildcats who would be able to score the final two points to secure the 25-23 set and match victory.

A trio of Jayhawks led the way on the night, with seniors Zoe Hill and Ashley Smith along with sophomore Rachel Langs, each finishing with six kills. Junior Sara Nielsen finished with 26 assists, while Allie Nelson had a team-high eight digs.


The Jayhawks are scheduled to finish the Kansas Invitational on Sunday (Sept. 15) against Syracuse at 1 p.m. at Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.

Hill with the KILLLLLL

Zoe Hill gets her sixth kill of the night to bring Kansas within one.

Langs with the SMASH

Rachel Langs collects her team-high sixth kill to bring KU within three.

Set two vs Arizona

Stat leaders through set two

KILLS | Zoe Hill with five

DIGS | Allie Nelson and Rachel Hickman with five

ASSISTS |Sara Nielsen with 14



Smith brings KU within one

Ashley Smith gets her third kill of the match, tied for second on the team.

Hill leading the way

Her fourth kill of the match brings the Jayhawks within one of the Wildcats.

Set One vs Arizona

Stat leaders through set one

KILLS | Zoe Hill with three

DIGS | Allie Nelson with three

ASSISTS |Sara Nielsen with eight

Jayhawks get closer

Zoe Hill with the kill to bring her game total up to three.

Hill with the block

Zoe Hill with the block to pull Kansas within five.

Shea’s first game!

Shea Carnahan hits the opening serve on Friday in her first game with the Jayhawks since being signed on Wednesday.

Starters vs Arizona