LAWRENCE, Kan. - Despite freshman Jenna Kaiser's match-leading 16 kills, the University of Kansas volleyball team fell 30-26, 30-25 and 30-19 to Texas A&M tonight at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. With the loss, Kansas dropped to 9-8 overall and 2-5 in Big 12 play, while Texas A&M improved to 13-5 and 3-5 in league play.
Senior Emily Brown tallied a double-double in the match with 20 assists and 11 digs, while also pitching in nine kills. Sophomore Katie Martincich ended the night with 19 assists and dug up nine balls on defense.
The teams stayed close for most of game one, tying at 18 and 19 points. Texas A&M proceeded to take a two point lead and slowly pulled away from the Jayhawks before notching a 30-26 victory on a hot .474 hitting percentage.
KU was plagued by 11 hitting errors in game two as the Aggies edged KU 30-25. TAMU then used a 9-0 run to open game three en route to its 30-19 win behind another impressive hitting efficiency of .429.
"Defensively we had a much better plan than what we executed," said coach Ray Bechard. "From a serving standpoint we only missed two serves and we executed pretty well."
"We're disappointed," Bechard added. "But if you linger too long and think more about the problems than the solutions, than the problems will begin to compound themselves."
Kansas returns to the court next Wednesday as it hosts Colorado in a 7 p.m. match.