LAWRENCE, Kan. - Number three Texas used a powerful combination of hitting and blocking to down the Kansas volleyball team in three Wednesday night at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. KU fell to 11-15 with the loss and 4-12 in Big 12 matches. Texas improved to 19-3 and 14-1 in conference play.
Texas out-hit Kansas .408-.091 committing just nine errors through three games. The Longhorns also used a strong defensive effort racking up 22 assisted blocks and four solos.
Senior Emily Brown was the lone Jayhawk in double-digit kills with 11. The 6-2 Baldwin City, Kan., native also added 11 assists for her seventh DD of the year along with seven digs. Katie Martincich notched a team-high 17 assists and also had seven digs on the night.
Freshmen Jenna Kaiser and Karina Garlington both contributed seven kills a piece in the effort.
Kansas hung on with the Longhorns early in game one taking a lead through the first nine points of the contest. Texas eventually used a 7-1 run to create a commanding 17-11 advantage. The distance was too much to close as KU fell 30-20.
The second game was a tight race in the beginning featuring seven ties. The Longhorns strung together a 6-1 run at 20-17 to pull out of the Jayhawks' reach behind a match-best .484 hitting percentage. Garlington, after coming up fruitless on two attempts in game one, led the effort in game two with five kills off nine tries.
Texas was its own worst enemy opening the final game giving KU five of its first six points off of errors, but the Longhorns' soon continued their impressive offensive output with a .448 hitting efficiency, committing just three errors en route to a 30-18 win.
Kansas travels to Boulder, Colo., Saturday for its final conference weekend road trip. KU will take on the University of Colorado at 7:30 p.m. CST.