Volleyball awaits NCAA bid

KU closes regular season with 3-0 win.

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Josi Lima tallied 15 kills as the University of Kansas volleyball team swept Texas Tech on Senior Night in the Jayhawks' final regular season match at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. Kansas (21-10, 13-7 Big 12) knocked off the Red Raiders (11-18, 3-17 Big 12) by scores of 30-26, 30-23 and 30-21. With the win, KU records its best regular-season mark since 1991, when the "Hawks finished 25-10 overall.

With 13 Big 12 wins -- the most ever in school history -- KU shares a third-place conference finish with No. 21 Texas A&M (21-9, 13-7) and Colorado (21-9, 13-7).

Lima totaled 15 kills on a .333 hitting mark while Sarah Rome (.450 attack average) and Ashley Michaels (.429) each added 11 kills on the night. Libero Jill Dorsey led the Kansas defense with 17 digs while Lindsey Morris added a career-high 10 digs. Andi Rozum finished with a match-high 29 assists.

Rome surpassed Amanda Reves to become KU's all-time kills leader and finished the regular season with 1,275 and moved into second place on the all-time digs list (1,154 digs). The Eagan, Minn., native is also just the second player in KU history to record both 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills.

As a team, KU recorded eight service aces and held the Red Raiders to just a .073 hitting percentage. The 'Hawks outscored Texas Tech in every category for their third straight sweep of a Big 12 opponent. Despite the loss, Texas Tech still leads the all-time series against the Jayhawks 12-5.

KU seniors Jordan Garrison, Abbie Jacobson and Rome were recognized after the match.

"This group is extremely together and has a great balance," KU head coach Ray Bechard said. "We're finding different ways to win matches -- we've had to win some long rallies and win points at the right time. I'm very proud of them."

KU will await its first-ever NCAA bid as teams are announced Sunday at 7 p.m. on the ESPNews 2003 NCAA Volleyball Selection Show. Media are invited to attend the viewing, which will be held on the eighth level of the Memorial Stadium press box. Questions can be directed to the Kansas Media Relations Office.

"I'll need to see when Kansas comes up on the board to believe it," Bechard added. "If third place in the conference doesn't get you a bid, I don't know what will. We've won seven of our last eight, had a great November. We're pretty confident it is going to work out."

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