After dropping the opening set to visiting Oklahoma, the Kansas volleyball team picked up a much-needed victory over on Saturday afternoon, winning 24-26, 25-14, 28-26 and 25-22.
The victory snapped a six-match losing streak — KU lost in five sets to OU on Friday night — and moved the Jayhawks to 12-9 overall and 4-6 in Big 12 play. Oklahoma fell to 10-11 overall and 4-6 in Big 12 matches.
“Proud of our team,” Kansas coach Ray Bechard said after the victory. “I thought we came back after dropping the first set and competed hard after that. It was a typical Day 2, where the opponents know each other, so the hitting efficiencies aren’t going to be that high. We served it better today and I thought we were good defensively and got enough offense to make it work.”
Kansas was led by the stellar play of sophomore middle blocker Caroline Crawford, who set new season-highs with 13 kills and 10 blocks. The 10 blocks tied a career-high.
Freshman outside hitter London Davis also tallied a career-high with 11 kills, and senior middle blocker Rachel Langs added nine kills. Senior Anezka Szabo was effective both offensively and defensively with eight kills and seven blocks.
Freshman setter Camryn Turner led the Jayhawks with 24 assists and 20 digs. Lacey Angello added 18 digs and sophomore Elise McGhie finished with 18 assists and nine digs. Caroline Bien put down eight kills and also recorded 13 digs.
Next up, the Jayhawks will travel to West Virginia for two matches next Thursday and Friday. Both matches will be televised on ESPNU.