KU Begins Six-Match Home Stand Tuesday
Sept. 4, 2005
LAWRENCE, Kan. -
Kansas begins a six-match home stand Tuesday with a non-conference contest against Saint Louis at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. The Billikens (3-3) and Jayhawks (4-1) will face off at 7 p.m. in the teams' 15th all-time meeting.
The Jayhawks continue the home stand Friday and Saturday when they host the Pizza Hut Jayhawk Invitational. KU will take on Virginia Commonwealth at noon and Michigan State at 7 p.m. Friday and host Temple at 1 p.m. Saturday. KU is 59-31 overall at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center since its opening in 1999.
KU is an impressive 64-8 in regular-season non-league matches under head coach Ray Bechard. Senior middle blocker Josi Lima, a three-time All-Big 12 selection, is the top KU returner, with postseason awards candidates Paula Caten (senior), Jana Correa (junior) and Emily Brown (sophomore) also back in the starting six.
Correa, a 6-0 outside hitter, leads the KU hitters with 4.11 kills per game on a .353 attack percentage. Lima is close behind with 4.00 kills to go with a team-best 1.22 blocks per game while freshman Savannah Noyes, a 6-3 middle blocker, adds 2.39 kills per game on an impressive .450 hitting efficiency.
Caten, a 6-3 outside hitter, adds 2.72 kills per game and Brown, a 6-2 right side hitter, chips in 2.61 per game. Junior Jamie Mathewson paces the defense with 3.28 digs per game.
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Junior Tatyana Menshikova, a transfer from College of Southern Idaho, leads the Billiken offense with 5.67 kills per game. The 6-3 outside hitter also adds 2.43 digs and 0.62 aces per game for SLU while sophomores Sutton Lasater and Angela Powers each add 2.81 and 2.52 kills per game, respectively.
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In addition, Rozum is averaging just under 12.00 assists per game, which currently tops the all-time career chart.
Bechard At the Helm
After 13 years at Barton County Community College and seven at KU, Bechard entered the 2005 season with a remarkable all-time coaching record of 839-153 (.846) including a 123-93 (.569) mark with the Jayhawks.