ISU volleyball travels to Kansas

The Iowa State volleyball team will face Kansas in an important Big 12 match on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Horejsi Family Athletics Center in Lawrence, Kan.

The Cyclones sit just above Kansas in the conference standings with a 12-8 overall record and 5-4 in Big 12 play. Kansas is 12-6 overall and 4-5 in conference play.

"This is a big match for both teams," said head coach Christy Johnson. "We are one game ahead of Kansas in the Big 12 so this is a very important match for both of us."

ISU took care of Oklahoma, 3-1 (30-24, 31-29, 28-30, 30-28), on Saturday to move above .500 in the conference. Katie Jessen led four Cyclones in double-figures with 18 kills against the Sooners. Jessica Klein posted a double-double with 11 kills and 11 block assists as the Cyclones tied a school record with 31 block assists in a four-game match.

The Jayhawks are hoping to end their longest losing streak of the season after suffering consecutive losses to three ranked teams, including setbacks at the hands of No. 1 Nebraska and No. 7 Missouri last week.

Against Missouri, Paula Caten was the only Jayhawk to reach double-figure kills with 10. Jamie Mathewson had 12 digs in the loss.

KU is led by Josi Lima, who ranks 12th in the league, averaging 3.59 kills per game. Mathewson ranks ninth in the conference in digs, averaging 3.30.

The Jayhawks lost one of their top players when Jana Correa went down with a season-ending knee injury in a match against Kansas State on Oct. 5. Correa was averaging 3.60 kills and 2.29 digs at the time of the injury.

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