Jayhawks, Cyclones set to battle in Ames

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas (15-10, 8-6 Big 12) opens the final week of the regular season against Iowa State (14-13, 7-7 Big 12) on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum, concluding a two-game road swing which started at TCU Nov. 17 in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Jayhawks dropped their match against the Horned Frogs 0-3, and look to regroup against the Cyclones.
Earlier this season, the Jayhawks hosted the Cyclones in a match that provided costly for KU. Freshman setter Camryn Ennis left the match due to injury and KU was not able to find rhythm, dropping the Big 12 affair.
Junior outside hitters Jada Burse and Ashley Smith led Kansas with eight kills each, while junior libero Allie Nelson led both teams with 12 digs.
In the previous 10 matches against Iowa State, Kansas holds a 7-3 edge, including a 4-1 record in Ames, Iowa.
Fans can watch the game live on Cyclones.TV, or tune into the audio broadcast on the Jayhawk Radio Network via KUAthletics.com/Radio with Jackson Schneider calling the action.
• Kansas enters Wednesday’s match with a 15-10 overall record and an 8-6 mark in Big 12 play, dropping their previous three matches.
• Iowa State enters with a 14-13 record and is fifth in the Big 12 standings with a 7-7 mark in conference play.
• Wednesday’s match will mark the 93rd contest between KU and Iowa State.
• In 101 sets played, Kansas has held its opponents to a .190 hitting percentage, which ranks third in the Big 12.
• Freshman setter Camryn Ennis exited the match in the first set with an injury, causing Kansas to quickly alter its strategy and lineup. Iowa State used the disruption to earn a 3-0 victory over the Jayhawks.
• Senior Gabby Simpson tallied a triple double against K-State (11/14) with 10 kills, 46 assists and 14 digs. Simpson is the first member of the Big 12 this season to accomplish the feat and only the 31st nationally.
• Jada Burse tallied her 800th career kill against K-State (11/14).
• Rachel Langs is tied for the top spot in the Big 12 with 1.40 blocks per set and the average ranks 20th nationally.
• Junior outside hitter Jada Burse leads Kansas with 3.81 points per set and 3.48 kills per set, which rank eighth and sixth, respectively, in the Big 12.
• Kansas dropped its third-consecutive match, falling to TCU, 0-3, in Fort Worth, Texas. Simpson logged a team-high 22 assists, while Burse finished with nine kills to lead the KU attack.
• Kansas returns to Horejsi Family Athletics Center for Senior Day vs Oklahoma Saturday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m.
• The match will be the final regular season match played under the current construction of Horejsi. Following the conclusion of the 2018 season, the arena will be upgraded with additional capacity and other upgrades to the home of Kansas volleyball.
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