Hawks vs Heels

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The University of Kansas volleyball team will host the seventh annual Jayhawk Classic, sponsored by Hampton Inn, Friday and Saturday at the Horejsi Family Athletic Center.

KU (6-1), unbeaten in its last four matches, will host Arkansas, Creighton and the 'Hawks newest rival -- the Tarheels of North Carolina.

Kansas is 10-0 in the Jayhawk Classic since 2000 and has claimed the tournament titles three out of six years. The Jayhawks are 6-1 after defeating Oral Roberts 3-0 in their home opener Wednesday night. Freshman Janaina Correa leads the offense with 3.92 kills per game. Junior libero Jill Dorsey leads the Jayhawk defense with 3.70 digs with Sarah Rome contributing 3.35 per game.

Like Kansas, Arkansas was denied a trip to last year's NCAA Tournament -- despite a 27-6 overall finish and 2nd place finish in the Southeastern Conference. The Lady 'Backs return four starters in 2003, including 6-5 middle blocker Sara Kincaid, who averages a team-leading 3.93 kills per game. Arkansas (4-3) is coming off three wins over BYU, Saint Louis and North Texas, but is 0-2 on the road in 2003.

After a disappointing 3-23 season in 2002, the Creighton Jays are coming into this weekend with a 2-4 record. Led by sophomore Leah Ratliff (4.23 kills per game) and junior Janeen Piller (4.18 digs per game), Creighton is looking to halt a three-match losing skid.

In the midst of many basketball fans' bitterness toward the Tarheels, KU's Ray Bechard and North Carolina's Joe Sagula have their own friendly wager at stake. Sagula handed Bechard one of his two non-conference losses over the last three years, a 3-1 defeat in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Oct. 12., 2001 -- and the 'Hawks are looking to even the score. (The other loss was Aug. 30, 2003, at Northern Illinois.)

After last year's trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 and a preseason Top 25 ranking in 2003, North Carolina is fighting to regain its spot in the polls. The Tarheels (3-2), led by Molly Pyles (4.88 kpg), are coming off losses to No. 25 Michigan State and South Carolina.

Tournament Schedule:

Friday, Sept. 12

5 p.m. -- North Carolina vs. Creighton
7 p.m. -- Kansas vs. Arkansas

Saturday, Sept. 13 11 a.m. -- North Carolina vs. Arkansas
1 p.m. -- Kansas vs. Creighton
5 p.m. -- Arkansas vs. Creighton
7 p.m. -- Kansas vs. North Carolina

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