No. 3 Texas volleyball defeats No. 23 Kansas in close match

Tom Pennington

The Jayhawks' strong defensive effort wasn't enough against the top squad in the Big 12.

The No. 23 Kansas Jayhawk volleyball team fell to No. 3 Texas on Saturday in five sets, 25-20, 15-25, 25-22, 16-25, 12-15, in a closely contested match between the two Big 12 rivals.

Boosted by the strong play of redshirt junior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc, the Jayhawks grabbed a quick lead in the match with a 25-20 win in the first set. The Longhorns responded with a strong attack in the second set and easily dispatched the Jayhawks, 25-15, before Kansas jumped back into the lead with a tremendous third set win.

Texas, tops in the Big 12 and unbeaten in conference play, proved to be too much for Kansas as the Longhorns took the final two sets of the match at Horejsi Family Athletics Center in Lawrence.

Jarmoc finished with 18 kills on 36 attempts with sophomore Sara McClinton also recording double-digit kills with 11 in the match. The strong defensive effort against one of the top squads in the country was led by junior Brianne Riley, with 26 digs out of the back row.

Kansas (21-6, 9-4) will next take the court on Wednesday, Nov. 14 against Oklahoma at 6 p.m. CT.

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