LAWRENCE, Kan.– UNC Greensboro volleyball team (6-5) fell to the University of Kansas (5-4) 3-0 (15-25, 23-25, 19-25) Friday.
Senior setter Allison Penner recorded a double-double with 13 assists and 10 digs, while sophomore outside hitter Holly Behrends led the team with 10 kills and senior libero Christina Gregory led the team with 11 digs.
Kansas scored six of the first nine points to take a three-point lead, 6-3, in the first set, but UNCG battled back by scoring six of the next nine points to tie the set at nine. After both teams scored a point to keep the score tied at 10, the Jayhawks outscored the Spartans 15-5 during the rest of the set to win the set and to take a 1-0 match lead.
The Jayhawks once again got an early lead in the second stanza by scoring five of the first seven points for a 5-2 lead, but UNCG bounced back by scoring the next three points to tie the set at five. KU scored five of the next seven points for a three-point lead, 10-7, but the Spartans scored 11 of the next 14 points to take a five-point lead, 18-13. Kansas outscored UNCG 12-5 during the rest of the set to win the set and to take a 2-0 match lead.
Kansas got an early lead again in the final frame by scoring 11 of the first 15 points to take a seven-point lead, 11-4, but UNCG scored six of the next seven points to cut the lead to two points, 12-10. The Jayhawks scored nine of the next 14 points to increase their lead to six points, 21-15, but the Spartans scored the next three points to cut the lead to three points, 21-18. KU scored four of the final points to win the set and the match.
The Jayhawks were led by Jada Burse, Mmachi Nwoke and Ashley Smith with seven kills each, while Camryn Ennis added a match-high 21 assists and a match-high 14 digs for a double-double.
The Spartans face Kansas Saturday at 8 p.m. ET in Lawrence, Kan., in the final non-conference match of the season.
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