No. 22 Kansas Stays Home for Sooners
Nov. 12, 2012
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AT A GLANCE
-Kansas snapped a 13-match home win streak on Saturday, but a win against Oklahoma would set the program record for most home wins in a season (current record, 13 - 1978, 1991).
-The Jayhawks need one win to tie and two to break the program's best win total in the Big 12 era (22, 2003). A win on Saturday would tie for KU's second-most Big 12 victories with the most being 13 in 2003.
-Kansas is 6-3 against teams in the top-25 or receiving votes this season - and 6-1 at home.
-Kansas ranks second in the Big 12 in blocks (2.67) and digs (15.92) per set and third in both assists (13.18) and kills (14.07) per set. The Sooners check in right behind the Jayhawks in blocks and digs, but both agree on serving as the duo makes up the last two spots in service aces among the Big 12 teams.
-KU improved to No. 22 on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Coaches poll (Nov. 12). Four Big 12 members hold spots in the nation's top-25: No. 3 Texas, No. 20 Kansas State, No. 21 Iowa State and No. 22 Kansas. KU has been in the top-25 for seven-straight weeks.
-The Jayhawks jumped to No. 7 on the NCAA RPI projections (Nov. 12) - a new program-best (previous was No. 8, Oct. 22, 2012) putting KU in the RPI's top-10 five of seven weekly projections. In 2012, Kansas is 6-5 against top-50 RPI teams and 11-6 against the top-100.
-Kansas (21-6, .778) is on pace to break the program record for winning percentage. The 1986 team currently holds KU's best (26-9, .743).
-If the season ended today, redshirt junior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc would break KU's career (.326) and single-season attack percentage (.386) records. Fellow junior Brianne Riley would break the single-season digs per set record as well (5.17).
NO. 22 KANSAS (21-6, 9-4 Big 12)
With conference play down to three matches for everyone but Iowa State, TCU and Texas Tech, the standings race in full sprint. Kansas holds a full match lead over Kansas State for third place and trails Iowa State by half a match for second place heading into the most meaningful midweek matches of the season - No. 2 Iowa State and No. 4 Kansas State square off the same night at No. 3 Kansas faces No. 5 Oklahoma.
In front of one of the loudest sold-out crowds in HFAC history, the Jayhawks and Longhorns combined for 354 swings in Saturday's match. Though Texas logged more kills (67-56) on those swings, Kansas notched more digs (80-73) to set the tone for the epic first-place, second-place match up. Redshirt junior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc led the floor with 18 kills and was joined on the Jayhawk leaderboard by sophomore outside hitter Sara McClinton's 11. The duo each ranks in the Big 12's top-10 in kills per set.
Jarmoc, who is currently in consideration for Academic All-America, is top-five in hitting percentage (.386, 1st), kills per set (3.55, 4th), blocks per set (1.32, 4th) and points per set (4.55, 3rd). Meanwhile, juniors Erin McNorton and Brianne Riley are second the league in assists (11.78 per set) and digs (5.17 per set), respectively.
Wednesday will pair Jarmoc against another of the Big 12's elite middle blockers in Oklahoma's Sallie McLaurin. McLaurin is right behind Jarmoc in the league's attack percentage (.362), while McLaurin (1.38) has the slight blocking edge.
OKLAHOMA (19-9, 8-5 Big 12)
While Kansas holds a sizable advantage in attack percentage, assists and kills per set, the Sooners and Jayhawks have been on each other's backs defensively. Kansas and Oklahoma rank second and third, respectively, in the Big 12 in blocks per set (2.67/2.57) and digs per set (15.92/15.67).
Much like Kansas, Oklahoma is led by a dominant junior middle blocker as KU's Jarmoc and OU's McLaurin go No. 1, No. 2 at the top of the Big 12 in attack percentage, and fourth and second, respectively, in the league's blocks per set mark. The 2011 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and AVCA All-America honorable mention honoree, McLaurin is the only other player besides Jarmoc hitting above .350 in the Big 12. Unlike Kansas, no one on OU's roster is averaging three or more kills per set.
Freshman setter Julia Doyle continues to learn the position vacated by former Sooner standout Brianne Barker. She averages 9.84 assists per set and has 83 kills on the year.
Senior libero and OU's all-time digs leader, Maria Fernanda, leads the team with 4.72 digs per set.
HEAD COACH Ray Bechard
On the fight the team showed against Texas:
On the tight conference race:
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