Kansas was rewarded with a national seed and the opportunity to host for the third straight year, but this time they were rewarded with an insanely difficult region. And from the opening serve, it was readily apparent that this wouldn't be an easy night for the Jayhawks.
The first set was a real back-and-forth affair, as KU jumped out to an early 4-2 lead before UALR went on a 4 point run. Kansas answered with their own run before UALR took 5 straight points to lead 13-10. From there, KU slowly started to claw their way back, finally tying the set at 22, 24 and 25. UALR finished off the set with 2 quick points to take it 27-25.
Kansas got off to a quick start in the second set, taking 6 of the first 8 points. They held a 3 to 4 point advantage before scoring 5 straight to go up 15-7. From there, they cruised to a 25-19 victory to tie the match up at a set each.
The third set was a dogfight, as neither team was able to get a lead of more than 3 points at any point in the set. Ultimately, Kansas was able to pull it out 25-22.
Kansas seemed to run out of gas in the 4th set, as they kept it pretty close for a while until UALR won 6 of the last 7 points to take the set 25-18.
The final set looked to be going well for the Jayhawks, as they again ran out to an early lead, but UALR clawed back to take the lead 7-6, and from there they were able to keep the Jayhawks at bay, pulling away to win the final set 15-10
Edina Begic lead the Lady Trojans with 27 kills and 19 digs, while Kelsie Payne and Sara Mcclinton tied with 15 kills and Chelsea Albers lead with 20 digs for the Lady Jayhawks.
The Jayhawks end the season at 22-9 and tied for second in the Big 12.