Jayhawks fall to Rebels in four sets
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Kansas volleyball finished the Rebel Challenge against tournament-host UNLV, falling to the Rebels in four sets in Cox Pavilion.
In a hard-fought match between the two schools, each netted a victory in the first two sets with Kansas winning the second set. After UNLV earned the first set, Kansas respond and captured the set after seniors Ashley Smith and Zoe Hill pushed Kansas to 25 points after the Jayhawks and Rebels were tied at 23-all.
The final set against UNLV was shuttered by the Rebel attack that managed to expand its lead to five-points early in the set. Kansas fought back and mustered a strong attack against UNLV, but was unable to overcome the deficit and dropped the set and match.
Kansas finished with three players with double-figure kills and were led by Smith who finished with 14. Rachel Langs logged 12 kills on the day, while Hill claimed 11. Allie Nelson finished with a team-best 19 digs and Sara Nielsen topped 40 assists for the second time this season with 41.
Kansas begins conference play against Baylor Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. in Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.
Blocks, blocks and more blocks
In the first game of the Rebel Challenge against Arizona State, sophomore Rachel Langs led the team with six blocks.
Allie Nelson continues to climb
Allie Nelson continues her climb through the Kansas record book. The senior from Chicago, Illinois has 1,039 career digs after collecting 10 against ASU as she looks to reach 1,100 for her career.