No. 8 Kansas hosts Baylor Saturday

 #8 KANSAS (12-2, 1-1 Big 12) vs.
 Baylor (14-4, 2-0 Big 12)
Date Saturday, Oct. 1
Time 1 p.m. Central
Location Lawrence, Kan.
Arena Horejsi Family Athletics Center
Video ESPN3
Radio KLWN-AM 1320
Audio Jayhawk Radio Network
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 Hitting % .236 .220
 Opp. Hitting % .133 .149
 Kills 13.2 13.3
 Assists 12.4 12.3
 Aces 1.6 1.4
 Digs 15.6 15.9
 Blocks 2.1 2.7

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 8 Kansas volleyball will play host to Baylor, one of the hottest teams in the country, on Saturday afternoon inside Horejsi Family Athletics Center (1 p.m. Central, JTV/ESPN3).

The Jayhawks will begin the second half of their 28-match regular season with a 12-2 record and 1-1 mark during Big 12 play. Last time out, Kansas lost in four sets at now-No. 4 Texas. Through two conference matches, junior outside hitter Madison Rigdon leads Kansas with 4.3 kills per set.

It will be a formidable defensive matchup as Kansas and Baylor enter the weekend ranked first and second, respectively, in the Big 12 in hitting percentage allowed and kills per set allowed. The Jayhawks feature a superb back-row defense with the Big 12’s leader in digs per set, libero Cassie Wait, while Baylor’s net protectors lead the Big 12 in blocks.

After a sluggish start to the season with losses to UT Rio Grande Valley and UC-Santa Barbara, the Bears (14-4, 2-0) are now winners of 10-straight matches, including a three-set sweep over then-No. 23 Kansas State to open Big 12 play on Sept. 25. Baylor outside hitter Katie Staiger was named AVCA National Player of the Week for her 23-kill, 11-dig effort against the Wildcats.

In the series against Baylor, Kansas has won the last six matches overall and five-straight wins inside Horejsi Family Athletics Center. The series is even, 20-20, since the start of Big 12 play in 1996.

The match will be televised on the Jayhawk Television Network – available on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in the state of Kansas and the Kansas City area or streaming online through ESPN3. Live radio coverage will be available on KLWN-AM 1320 or

With the annual Late Night in the Phog presented by Hy-Vee later in the evening on Saturday, Kansas Athletics will slightly adjustment parking for the Kansas-Baylor volleyball match. Parking south of Allen Fieldhouse and Horejsi Family Athletics Center will function as normal.

Lot 90, east of Allen Fieldhouse, is open to everyone. If lot 90 should fill up due to Late Night attendees, the Allen Fieldhouse parking garage is available after 12 p.m. for five dollars per car. Fans parking in the Allen Fieldhouse parking garage or north of Allen Fieldhouse will not be able to cut through the north end of Allen Fieldhouse due to Late Night preparations. Instead, fans coming from the north will need to walk around the east side of Allen Fieldhouse. The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund contributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.