Kansas Comes Up Short In Five Game Battle With Tigers
Oct. 27, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. -
Four Jayhawks recorded new season-highs in tonight's five-game contest with Border Showdown rival Missouri, but it was not enough to overcome the Tigers as KU fell 32-30, 22-30, 33-31, 30-26 and 12-15.
A record five KU players finished with double-digit kills tonight led by freshman libero Melissa Manda, who dug up a career 30 balls. Katie Martincich followed with 18, while Emily Brown and Karina Garlington pitched in 15 and 14, respectively. Melissa Grieb added 11.
Brown also tallied a season-best 17 kills to go along with her 15 digs and 29 assists for her sixth triple-double of the year. Natalie Uhart led the
Another close contest followed in game three.
After three games, Brown already had her triple-double with 12 kills, 16 assists and 10 digs.
Manda already had a career night after four with 27 of her 30 digs following the fourth contest.
Game five came down to the final points. Brown delayed MU's victory with a kill to make it 14-12, but the Tigers answered right back with a huge kill from Amanda Hantouli.
Head Coach Ray Bechard
On the team's performance:
"I feel like we responded very well in game one and we finished it out, but the disappointment was how we carried it over in game two. We fought it out in game three and won game four. Both teams battled hard in the game five but
On game five:
"We both had three point swings in game five, but we gave them an extra three point run and you just can't rebound from that in a 15 point game."
Senior Emily Brown
On the team's performance in today's game:
"We fought really hard tonight. We kind of played scared and we've done that before in the past, but we need to be more confident in fighting for a win. In a game to 15, all the little things become more important and the team that is more fundamentally sound will come away with the win. Unfortunately, that just wasn't us tonight."