LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 2 Texas volleyball (11-0, 3-0) defeated Kansas (12-5, 0-3) in four sets (25-14, 25-20, 20-25, 25-21) on Sunday afternoon in Lawrence, Kansas.
Senior Khat Bell posted a season-high 15 kills, while hitting .565 and adding five blocks.
Junior Molly McCage led the Longhorns in blocks with eight.
As a team, UT posted 13.5 blocks to KU's 9.0.
Texas took control early in the first set, winning 13 of the first 18 points to take a 13-5 lead. Kansas rallied, but did not win more than three-consecutive points and the Longhorns took set one, 25-14. Eckerman posted five kills in the set and Bell added four.
The second set was a different story, as there were nine ties and four lead changes. UT went on a 4-0 run at 10-10, but KU answered with four points of its own to tie it back at 14. From there, Kansas could not close the gap and the Longhorns took set two, 25-20.
In the third set, the Jayhawks had control, maintaining a two-point lead until executing a 5-0 run to take a 16-10 lead. The Longhorns tried to close the gap, but Kansas led by as many as eight and won the third set, 25-20.
KU jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the fourth set, but UT chipped away and won six-straight points to take a 10-7 lead. Texas maintained a lead and led by as many as four, but the Jayhawks would not go away. The Longhorns maintained the lead and finished off the set, 25-21 to win the match.
Texas will return home to host Baylor on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. and Texas Tech on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. Both matches will be televised live on Longhorn Network.