Friday, September 16, 2016

Purdue hands KU first volleyball loss


— Fourth-ranked Kansas dropped its first regular-season nonconference match since 2014 to No. 14 Purdue, 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 25-19, 25-14), on Friday night at Holloway Gymnasium during the Stacey Clark Classic.

KU’s regular-season nonconference winning streak ends at 25 matches. The Jayhawks (10-1) lost for the first time this season despite a match-high 16 kills from junior outside hitter Madison Rigdon.

Kansas had held all 10 opponents to a hitting percentage under .200; Purdue ended the match at a .331 clip and seven aces while out digging Kansas 67-45.

However, earlier in the day Kansas rallied from two sets to one down to defeat Xavier in five sets, 3-2 (25-15, 20-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-5).

The Jayhawks recorded a season-high 12 services aces and held Xavier to a .182 hitting percentage.

Junior All-American right-side hitter Kelsie Payne led Kansas with a match-high 17 kills on a .316 hitting percentage.

Kansas concludes the Stacey Clark Classic at noon today against Southeastern Louisiana.


Andy Godwin 5 years, 4 months ago

I am always impressed by the conditioning of these players. Not many sports requires players to play 2 games in a day (yes baseball occasionally but they do not play at nearly the pace of these women). I wonder if fatigue might be a factor if KU does not has as much depth this season. Nevertheless, one hopes the team can start another impressive streak starting today.

Gerry Butler 5 years, 4 months ago

The ladies been having some tough games but have been able to survive. Hit a bump in the road, these other teams just won't lay down, take it to them every night, stay strong ladies you'll be fine it's ONE game. - -Time to re group and move to the next - -we knew Purdue was gonna be a hard fought game. GOOD LUCK- -ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

Dirk Medema 5 years, 4 months ago

Surprised it wasn't set up for Purdue & KU to be the featured match on Saturday.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.