LAWRENCE, Kan. - Senior Emily Brown recorded her third career triple-double to help the University of Kansas volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep over Texas Tech Saturday afternoon at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. Freshman Karina Garlington and junior Savannah Noyes also recorded double-digit kills to help lift the Jayhawks over the Red Raiders 30-27, 30-24 and 30-25 in their second straight Big 12 victory.
With the win, KU improved to 9-5 overall and an even 2-2 in the Big 12, while Texas Tech dropped to 7-6 and 1-3 in conference play. Ironically, the last Big 12 three-game sweep Kansas had was against Texas Tech at home on Nov. 12, 2006.
Freshman Melissa Manda and Katie Martincich pitched in 14 and 11 digs, respectively. Martincich also notched 18 assists for her third consecutive double-double.
Noyes, in addition to her team-best .400 hitting on 11 kills, added a career-high six assists. Garlington hit at an impressive .379 clip on a three-game season-high 14 kills.
With the Jahawks up 19-17 in game one, Noyes helped KU pull away from the Raiders with three straight kills in a five-point run to help Kansas take a 24-17 lead. A short burst near the end of the game by the Red Raiders nearly threatened KU's lead, but the Jayhawks held on to win 30-27. Brown tallied 10 assists, half of her total for the match, during the first game.
TTU again made a late run in game two to delay KU's victory, but Noyes put the game away with a huge kill for game point at 30-24. At the end of two, Garlington already had 11 kills for the Jayhawks.
The Red Raiders took their first lead of the match in the final game, going up by as much as four at 13-9. KU battled back to tie the score at 14 before gaining a lead it would never lose again. A pair of kills by Brown and a service ace from Garlington put Kansas up 28-23 before Martincich tapped a pass over the net for match-point shortly after.
Kansas will stay at home for match against No. 1 ranked Nebraska at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, Sept. 26. The match is already sold out of reserved seating, but a limited number of general admission tickets may be available at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center ticket booth the night of the match at 6:30 p.m.