Big Game at Horejsi

On a scale of one to ten, the volleyball match for the Kansas Jayhawks tonight ranks at a ten.

Just ask junior middle blocker Josi Lima, who feels the team needs a big win against the No. 16 ranked Kansas State Wildcats.

"I would say this match ranks at a ten. This is a very important match because K-State is good and we need to get back to winning," Lima said.

The Jayhawks have struggled in the past three matches after winning nine straight to start the season. The team was shutout against No. 22 ranked Texas and by No. 7 ranked Nebraska last week. Kansas then lost a road game to the Baylor Bears, which dropped the Jayhawks out of the top 25 and 1-4 in Conference play.

Lima enjoyed the early success but now understands how good the competition is in the Big 12.

"Every time you play a team from the Big 12, it's going to be very challenging," Lima said. "We need to have a turnaround against K-State to show that we can compete with those teams."

The Wildcats boast a strong offensive attack and are equally as good on defense. Kansas State is first in the league in aces by averaging 1.94 aces per game along with averaging 3.21 blocks per game. Senior Vali Hejas leads the Wildcats at the outside hitter position and was a Big 12 player of the week this season.

The crowd tonight should reach a fever pitch as the Horejsi Family Athletics Center is sold out for the match. Over 1,300 fans will try to propel the Jayhawks to a victory against a team they have not defeated in the last 18 meetings.

"We are really excited the match is sold out and we will be ready to go for this big match," Lima said.

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