Kansas won its fourth-consecutive Sunflower Showdown on the volleyball court with a 3-0 demolition of K-State on Friday night in Lawrence. The Jayhawks have now won eight of the last nine versus Kansas State.
Kansas State opened up the match by scoring the first point, but that was about as good as it would get for the Wildcats. KU scored the next nine points to take a commanding lead in the first set which they won handily, 25-15.
Set 2 was more closely contested, with KSU jumping out to a 5-2 lead. The Jayhawks quickly soured that party, however, going up 8-6. As the teams began to exchange points, they found themselves locked in a 17-all tie. Kelsie Payne said no more and took over as KU closed out the set on an 8-3 run to win it, 25-20.
Set 3 was much more hotly contested. Again K-State had the early 6-4 lead, but Kansas was just too much. This time though, KSU had an answer for every KU run, as the Jayhawks clung to leads of 20-19, 22-21, and finally 24-23 before putting away the Wildcats on their third match point.
KSU is no slouch this year, having knocked off a top-20 Hawaii squad (at Hawaii), taking down a solid Creighton team, and taking #4 Texas to five sets. Kansas played well from start to finish tonight.
This is the second match in a row where Kansas has looked nearly unstoppable, putting away an overmatched opponent early, and that’s great news.
KU will travel to Fort Worth on Saturday to take on TCU at 5 PM. If you’re not too busy watching college football, you might try to catch the stream on Fox Sports Go.