No. 17 Kansas to Start Second Half at No. 22 Iowa State
Oct. 22, 2012
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AT A GLANCE
-The Jayhawks checked in at No. 8 on the NCAA RPI projections this week - the highest RPI mark in program history. In 2012, Kansas is 5-3 against top-50 RPI teams and 12-3 against the top-100 with the Jayhawks' only losses coming at Arkansas (No. 25), at Notre Dame (No. 40) and at Texas (No. 4).
-At 19-3 (.864, 15th NCAA), Kansas is keeping pace with the 1986 team that currently holds the program record for season winning percentage (26-9, .743). During the record-setting season, those Jayhawks were also 19-3 through the first 22 matches.
-The Jayhawks are 7-1 heading into the second half of Big 12 play for the first time in school history. Before Nebraska and Colorado left the league at the conclusion of the 2010 season, every Big 12 slate consisted of 20 matches, making the midway mark after 10. In 2003, KU went 6-4 in the first half of Big 12 action - marking the only other time KU was above .500 at the turn.
-KU will look to sweep the season series against the Cyclones for the first time since the 2004 season, which capped off five-straight seasons that Kansas swept Iowa State (2000-04).
-Sophomore outside hitter Sara McClinton and redshirt junior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc were named the Big 12 Offense and Defense Players of the Week, respectively, on Oct. 22. KU received multiple weekly honors for the second time this season - a feat never before achieved until 2012.
-If the season ended today, Jarmoc would break KU's career (.325) and single-season attack percentage (.396) records. Junior libero Brianne Riley would do the same, only breaking the single-season record (5.28) in digs per set.
-This week, Jarmoc (.396, 18th NCAA) reclaimed her lead atop the Big 12 in attack percentage. Junior setter Erin McNorton continues to lead the league in assists per set (11.99, 6th NCAA), while Riley keeps her season-long reign as the leader in digs per set (5.28, 32nd NCAA).
NO. 17 KANSAS (19-3, 7-1 Big 12)
Wednesday's match against the Cyclones provides another opportunity against a top-25 team for a Jayhawk squad that has been relentless against ranked squads this season. After knocking off Kansas State last Wednesday, KU is 5-1 this season against teams either ranked or receiving votes in the AVCA Division I Coaches Poll at the time of the match (Wins: RV Tulsa, RV Creighton, No. 19 Iowa State, RV Oklahoma, No. 14 Kansas State; Loss: No. 9 Texas).
In their last outing, the Jayhawks came out flat against TCU, hitting a mere .095 as a unit in the opening frame, including four kills and four errors from Jarmoc. The slow start was replaced by three-straight sets of .300-plus efficiency, highlighted by 19 kills and no errors for Jarmoc for the remainder of the match. She finished with a career-high 23 kills and a .613 attack percentage, the 10th time this season Jarmoc has hit over .500.
Ironically, Jarmoc was named the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, her second weekly honor of the season, for her explosive 12 blocks against Kansas State last Wednesday. Sophomore outside hitter Sara McClinton joined her on the honoree list as the league's Offensive Player of the Week. In two matches, she drilled 36 kills and only four errors. The duo ranks in the Big 12's top-10 in both kills and points per set.
As a team, Kansas leads the league in digs per set (16.02, 85th NCAA) and kills per set (14.36, 16th NCAA) and is second in assists (13.45, 17th NCAA), paced by McNorton's Big 12-best 11.99 assists per set mark.
Jarmoc leads the offense with 3.61 kills per set, the defense with 1.34 blocks per set and the conference in attack percentage (.396). Behind her, Riley's 438 digs this season ranks sixth all-time in a single-season at Kansas. With nine regular-season matches remaining she needs just 134 digs to break KU's all-time digs leader as a junior.
In conference play, McClinton (3.19) and redshirt junior outside hitter Catherine Carmichael (3.18) rank fifth and sixth, respectively, in kills per set.
Additionally, Jarmoc and senior middle blocker Tayler Tolefree are the only duo in the league to land in the conference's top-10 in both attack percentage (.396, .289) and blocks per set (1.34, 1.04).
NO. 22 IOWA STATE (11-7, 5-3 Big 12)
The Cyclones are 3-5 against top-25 foes this season, including a four-set victory over No. 1 Nebraska on Sept. 15 and a five-set win at No. 19 Illinois, who played in last season's national championship match. Last Wednesday, the Cyclones became the first Big 12 squad to take a set from Texas as they built a 2-0 lead in Austin, before falling in five to the Longhorns.
Most recently, the Cyclones quickly dismantled Oklahoma as All-American senior middle blocker Jamie Straube, freshman right side Mackenzie Bigbee and sophomore outside hitter Victoria Hurtt each attacked at .500 or better to sweep the Sooners. Fellow All-Americans senior setter Alison Landwehr and junior libero Kristen Hahn lead the team with 11.15 assists per set and 5.03 digs per set, respectively. Hurtt is currently the only Cyclone averaging more than three kills per set (3.01).
As a team, ISU is hitting for a .235 overall and an even better .252 in conference play. Their 14.43 kills per set leads the league in conference-only matches. Defensively, the Cyclones dig at a 15.74 per set rate, led by Hahn's 5.03 digs per set, second only to Riley's 5.28. Unlike the Jayhawks, ISU blocks at a 1.52 average, the lowest in the Big 12.
HEAD COACH Ray Bechard
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