Jayhawks sweep Eagles in first game in new arena
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas volleyball swept Morehead State in its first match inside the new Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena on Thursday night in the first match of the Kansas Invitational.
The Jayhawks got off to a dominating start in their new home, building a 10-3 lead early in the first set. They would go on to win the set 25-18 after an attacking error by the Eagles sealed the set win.
The second set didn’t come as easy for Kansas, as it became a back-and-forth affair. It was Kansas however who came up with timely plays at the end, scoring four of the final five points to take the two-set lead in the match.
In the final set of the night, the Jayhawks scored the first five points of the match. Kansas won the set handily 25-18 to get its first victory inside the Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.
Senior Zoe Hill set the pace for the Jayhawks, finishing with a team-best 10 kills. Junior Sara Nielsen lead the way with 24 assists and notched her first career double-double with her team-high 13 digs.
Kansas will host their second match of the Kansas Invitational on Friday night (Sept. 13) against Arizona. The match is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. inside the Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena and is the first sell out in the new arena.
Kansas up big early
Hill with two blocks in the rally to get the Jayhawks their eighth point of the third set.
Stat leaders through set two
KILLS | Van Driel and Smith with five
DIGS | Sara Nielsen with nine
ASSISTS |Sara Nielsen with 14
With her fifth kill of the match, Ashley Smith ties the set up at 16-16.
Stat leaders through set one
KILLS | Ashley Smith with four
DIGS | Sara Nielsen with five
ASSISTS |Sara Nielsen with 10
With the rejection
Carrier and Nielsen with the block assist for the Jayhawks to give them the 16-9 lead in set one.
FIRST POINT IN HOREJSI FAMILY VOLLEYBALL ARENA!
Sara Nielsen with the kill for the Jayhawks first points in their new home.