Jayhawks to Host Creighton on Metro Sports
Sept. 17, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Sandwiched between the last pre-conference tournament of the year and the Big 12 Conference opener, the Kansas volleyball team will play host to the red-hot Creighton Bluejays at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
AROUND THE GYM
FOLLOW THE HAWKS
As with all home matches, KU vs. Creighton will stream live - video and audio - on AT&T Jayhawk All-Access. The live audio stream will be available free of charge, while the audio and video combination requires a subscription fee. Kyle West will have the call. Fans can always track the Jayhawks on GameTracker or by following @JayhawkVball on Twitter.
AT A GLANCE
-Kansas claimed its third-straight tournament title in their last time out, going 2-1 at the Golden Dome Invitational hosted by Notre Dame.
-The loss to Notre Dame in the weekend final ended Kansas' win streak at nine, which tied the fourth-longest in school history, and was the longest since the 2004 season.
-Redshirt junior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc was named the Golden Dome Invitational Tournament MVP, her third-straight week of claiming MVP honors.
-In the NCAA national statistics, released on Monday evening, junior setter Erin McNorton ranks third in the country in assists per set (12.36), Jarmoc checks in at 15th in attack percentage (.434), while junior libero Brianne Riley was 24th in the NCAA in digs per set (5.38) - all three lead the Big 12 in their respective categories.
-As a unit, Kansas leads the Big 12 in three major categories: kills (14.64 per set), assists (13.76 per set) and digs (15.98) - and comes in second nearly everywhere else, including hitting percentage (.266) and opponent hitting percentage (.141).
-Creighton is receiving votes in the AVCA Top-25 Poll. The last time KU faced a team receiving votes, the Jayhawks defeated Tulsa in four sets (Aug. 31).
KANSAS (11-2, 0-0 Big 12 Conference)
Falling to the Irish may have snapped the Jayhawks' win streak, but it displayed the team's increased improvement in closing matches. KU forced set point twice in the second frame and came back from a 17-12 deficit in the fourth set to tie the match at 18-18. The Jayhawks would go on to knot the score seven more times in the final moments, most notably at 25-25, 26-26 and 27-27. Bechard noted that he was pleased with the Jayhawks' fight, but the Irish came up with the key plays when it mattered most.
In the last match prior to Big 12 action, KU and Creighton will feature a battle of great defenses. Kansas averages a Big-12 best 15.98 digs per set compared to Creighton's 16.12 average, while the Jayhawks' check in at third in the conference with 2.93 blocks per set next to the Jays' MVC-best 3.03.
Jarmoc, who has appeared on eight-consecutive All-Tournament Teams, sets the tone for a powerful Jayhawk offense. Aside from leading the conference in attack percentage, Jarmoc's team-best 3.84 kills per set ranks second in the league. The Calgary, Alberta, Canada native broke her career-high with 17 kills in three sets against Xavier, and she paces KU with 1.44 blocks per set.
She's not the only hot hitter in Crimson and Blue. Five Jayhawks average more than two kills per set to help Kansas lead the Big 12 in kills per set. Sophomore outside hitter Sara McClinton led the Jayhawks in kills twice this weekend and is second on the team with 3.49 kills per set.
CREIGHTON (10-1, 2-0 Missouri Valley Conference)
Seeing her first career MVC action, Michelle Jereb was named the MVC Freshman of the Week after she averaged 3.22 kills, 2.44 digs and 0.89 blocks per set while hitting .338 in wins vs. Missouri State (3-2) and Wichita State (3-1). She also handled 46 serve receptions without an error, 24 of which the Jays converted directly into a kill.
As a unit, CU is hitting for a collective .258 attack percentage and averages 13.27 kills per set.
HEAD COACH Ray Bechard
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