COLLEGE STATION, Texas -
Emily Brown recorded her fifth triple-double of the year Wednesday night, but her team-high 11 kills, 22 assists and 12 digs were not enough to overcome the Texas A&M Aggies as KU fell in three. A&M topped the Jayhawks by scores of 30-25, 30-27 and 30-21 as Kansas fell to 10-12 overall on the season and 3-9 in the Big 12. Texas A&M improved to 17-6 with the win and 6-6 in conference play.
Three players added eight kills in the effort including juniors Natalie Uhart and Savannah Noyes and freshman Jenna Kaiser. Uhart recorded no errors in 16 attempts for a team-best .500 hitting efficiency and also posted five block assists. Freshman libero Melissa Manda led on defense with 16 digs during the match.
Kansas opened the match with a small lead in game one. The Jayhawks used a 5-1 run to distance themselves from the Aggies with the help of Kaiser, who tallied three kills to give KU a 13-7 advantage. A&M later responded back with a 5-1 run of their own tying the game at 17 before taking control of the game. In time, Texas A&M built up a four and five point lead that proved too much for Kansas to overcome. Despite tallying three straight points near the end of the game to bring the score within two at 27-25, it was the Aggies who took the 30-25 victory.
In game two, Kansas led for the first half of the contest until Texas A&M tied the score for the fourth time at 13 all, and then took over the lead for the second part of the game. KU tied the score up five more times but were unable to pull ahead as they were edged 30-27.
After two games, Kaiser led the Jayhawks with eight kills, while Noyes successfully hit six of her seven attempts with no errors for an efficient .857 hitting percentage.
The Aggies jumped to an early lead in the third and final game. Kansas battled back, tying the score four times. Brown used two of her 11 kills of the night to even the score at 16 and again at 17, but the Jayhawks couldn't find their stride as they struggled hitting just .086 while the Aggies rattled off five straight points at the end for a 30-21 victory.
Kansas will host Border Showdown rival Missouri this Saturday in a 3 p.m. match.