LAWRENCE, Kan. (KUAthletics.com) – It was a complete team effort as 18 different members of the No. 20 Kansas volleyball team contributed to a 3-0 sweep of Oral Roberts (25-15, 25-14, 25-15) Tuesday night in the Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.
With the win, Kansas won its fourth-straight match and improved to 6-1 on the season, while Oral Roberts fell to 2-8.
Despite the visiting Golden Eagles coming in hot by running up a three-point lead to kick off the match, KU found its footing on the Jayhawks’ home court. The momentum shifted with a big block by Mykayla Myers and London Davis that put KU up 12-9, and the rest of the match was a breeze from there.
Jayhawk fans got to witness some new faces in the mix as freshman Aisha Aiono entered the game in the first, making her collegiate debut. She was joined by partner-in-blocking freshman Ellie Schneider, who racked up her first collegiate statistics in three kills and one block.
Seniors Kim Whetstone and Kaiti Parks were subbed in along with sophomore Rhian Swanson and all had a hand in the Kansas attack. Swanson surpassed a new season-best in the kills column with her team-high six total, while Whetstone and Parks each added stats to their line for the first time this season.
Mainstays like junior Camryn Turner, 27 assists, two aces and six digs and junior Ayah Elnady, five kills and three aces, still had a significant impact in the match.
“[Playing with Camryn] is amazing. She just makes my life much easier because she always gives me the set that I want and she’s just awesome. “
JUNIOR AYAH ELNADY
As a team, Kansas outhit Oral Roberts .341 to .083, including .538 to .138 in the third set.
The Jayhawks will get to return to their home floor on Friday for their first match of this weekend’s Jayhawk Classic. KU will take on Bellarmine on Friday, September 15 at 12 p.m. CT and the contest will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. Later that day, KU will host New Hampshire at 7 p.m. On Saturday at 1 p.m., KU and Texas State will conclude the Jayhawk Classic.