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Sunday, December 1, 2013

KU volleyball falls, but finishes as Big 12 runner-up

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— Kansas University’s volleyball team earned the program’s first second-place finish in the Big 12 Conference on Saturday despite a 3-1 loss in its season finale at Oklahoma.

The Jayhawks fell, 25-16, 17-25, 25-19, 25-16, to the Sooners, but a loss by Iowa State at Kansas State gave KU sole possession of second place.

Kansas was led by Catherine Carmichael’s 14 kills, but hit .170 to Oklahoma’s .341. Erin McNorton had a match-high 49 assists with 10 digs, and Brianne Riley made KU history with 21 digs. Riley became the first KU player and sixth in Big 12 history to tally 2,000 career digs.

The Jayhawks (23-7, 12-4 Big 12) will find out their postseason fate during the NCAA Selection Show, which airs at 8:30 tonight on ESPNU.

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