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Sunday, November 18, 2012

KU volleyball claims 23rd win

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— Nine Kansas University players recorded a kill, and KU swept Texas Christian University (25-18, 25-14, 25-17) Saturday for its 23rd victory of the year.

It’s the most season victories for KU in the Big 12 era.

No. 22-ranked Kansas improved to 23-6 overall, 11-4 Big 12 in sold-out University Recreation Center. TCU fell to 14-13, 3-11.

Junior Caroline Jarmoc led the Jayhawks with 11 kills, two blocks and a .429 attack. Making her first start in the month of November, freshman outside hitter Tiana Dockery racked up 10 kills for her sixth double-digit kill performance of the season.

Junior setter Erin McNorton tied her career highs in kills (4) and aces (2) and dished 34 assists. Fellow juniors Brianne Riley and Jaime Mathieu led the back with 14 and 13 digs, respectively.

Kansas will host Saint Louis at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas Athletics announced Saturday that match had been moved from KU’s usual home since 1999, Horejsi Center. Kansas had played its home matches 1975-’98 in Allen.

“In the event that Kansas is selected to play and to host in the NCAA Tournament, we would host the matches in Allen Fieldhouse,” said Jim Marchiony, Kansas associate athletics director of public affairs.

The Horejsi Family Athletics Center holds 1,300 fans, and the NCAA requires a capacity of 2,000 seats. KU volleyball’s previous home, Allen Fieldhouse, holds 16,300.

“We haven’t played a match in Allen Fieldhouse for quite some time,” Marchiony said. “We would like to regain familiarity with the facility in the event we are selected to play and selected to host.”

It has been more than a decade since the Jayhawks hosted a match in AFH. The 1998 season marked the first for Kansas head coach Ray Bechard, who is happy to hear of his team’s return to its original home.

“There has been a couple of times (since moving to the HFAC) that we’ve played in there before Late Night in the Phog and it was a great experience for our girls back then,” Bechard said. “Now, even with these new set of circumstances, it’s still a great experience for our team to play in historic Allen Fieldhouse, not only in a regular-season match but possibly during a postseason, as well.”

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