Oklahoma Overpowers Jayhawks

NORMAN, Okla. - Kansas volleyball dropped its second consecutive Big 12 match on Saturday afternoon, falling to Oklahoma, 3-0 (30-24, 30-20, 27-30, 30-17) at McCasland Field House. The Jayhawks are now 0-2 in the Big 12 and 7-5 overall after the defeat, while the Sooners improved to 9-2 and 2-0 in the Big 12.

Freshman Jenna Kaiser led the Jayhawks offensively with 16 kills, but the Jayhawks managed just a .135 hitting percentage on the day. Senior Emily Brown added 10 kills and led the team with 34 assists.

Brown was KU's biggest presence on the defensive side, totaling a team high 11 digs and five block assists. Sophomore Katie Martincich chipped in 17 assists and 10 digs as the Jayhawks fell to Oklahoma for the third consecutive match.

In the first game of the afternoon, the lead changed hands twelve times as the Jayhawks held a 21-20 advantage after back-to-back kills by Brown and Savannah Noyes . However, the Sooners scored 10 of the games final twelve points and took the early lead in the match.

KU bounced back to take an early lead in game two, 8-7, but after another strong run by the Sooners, Oklahoma led 23-15 and held on to win, 30-20.

With Oklahoma just four points away from sweeping the Jayhawks, Martincich set up a Brown kill to break a 26-26 tie. Moments later, Brown set up sophomore Brittany Williams' game-winning kill as Kansas took game three, 30-27 to extend the match.

Kansas could not repeat their performance from game three as they fell into a 20-13 hole in the fourth game and were unable to climb out of it as Oklahoma walked off with a 30-17 victory.

Kansas will look to capture their first Big 12 win in Columbia, Mo. next Wednesday, September 19 as they take on the Missouri Tigers at 6:30 p.m. Live stats will be available at www.kuathletics.com .


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