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Thursday, October 13, 2011

KU volleyball falls to MU

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— With head coach Ray Bechard mourning the death of his mother, Kansas University’s volleyball team dropped a four-set match to rival Missouri on Wednesday at Hearnes Center.

Bechard attended his mother’s funeral Wednesday morning, then traveled separately to Columbia to join his team.

The Jayhawks fell, 25-21, 26-24, 20-25, 28-26 in a match that featured 37 ties or lead changes.

Kansas fell to 12-6 overall, 0-5 in the Big 12. Missouri improved to 15-7, 2-4.

One match after breaking onto the Kansas all-time top-10 in career kills, senior outside hitter Allison Mayfield passed former Jayhawk Mary Beth Albrecht to become fifth-all time on the program’s career total attempts list, as she led the offense with 16 kills.

Mayfield led a balanced attack that included three Jayhawks with double-digit kills.

KU will travel to Norman, Okla., to face No. 22 Oklahoma on Saturday. Match time has been moved up two hours to 5 p.m.

Comments

ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 11 months ago

Has there ever been a school that fired every single coach in one year? Because if not we will soon have the record of firing every coach except one this year.

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texashawk10 2 years, 11 months ago

I actually watched this match on FCS and holy crap KU made way too many mental errors. Bad sets, bad passes, serving too long, serving into the net, not communicating on several spike by MU. KU went down 2 sets without ever really challenging Missouri until the end of the 2nd set, then won the third set fairly easily and were up 19-13 in the fourth set and allowed MU to go on a 9-1 run to kill all the momentum KU had. Ahper, I'm gonna be posting this phrase a lot so get used to it, put up or shut up. Put up the money to make changes happen or shut the hell up about it.

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texashawk10 2 years, 11 months ago

There's a difference between being critical of a program and just being a hater and ahper is the perfect example of someone who goes well beyond critical and just down right hates on just about everything KU. I don't disagree that coaching changes need to be made across the board, but KU simply doesn't have the money to buy everyone out at once. There are some coaches I would not fire at this time simply because KU is performing at or near expectations or they have not yet had enough time to prove themselves. Those coaches are Self, Gill, Megan Smith (softball), and Clark Campbell and Eric Elliott (swimming and diving).

How Turner Gill handles the DC situation after this season will go a lot further in determining my support of his future status at KU than this season because he was screwed no matter what he did this year because of the timing of Torbush's diagnosis. In early June, there are no good DC's available to bring in so Gill was pretty much forced to take a gamble on promoting from within and clearly he crapped out.

I don't think Megan Smith should be fired at this point either because she inherited a mess and in year two (last season) improved KU's win total by 10 games. This year she needs improve the conference record and win some home games to convince people that she's capable of making KU competitive.

With swimming and diving, KU or anyone else in the conference will never be able to compete Texas or Texas A&M (at least for this year) which means KU's competition is Missouri and Iowa St. for now. If MU leaves, Big 12 swimming and diving will have Texas on the men's side (who will probably find a conference to be a satellite member of) and Texas, Kansas, and Iowa St. on the women's side meaning KU will finish second every year to Texas.

Every other sport, KU needs to find new coaches either when their contracts are up (if it's in the next couple of years to save money) or after this upcoming season if deep postseason runs aren't made (Bonnie Henrickson and Ritch Price).

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 11 months ago

Texas, I'm sorry but I'm just so tired of all of this. So tired of you clowns being fooled by all the preseason cupcakes counting as wins and finishing in the bottom of the league in every freaking sport. So tired of seeing teams like ISU, KSU, BU, TT putting winning/ranked teams together (you name the sport) when ku is by far superior in facilities, academics, location, you name it, except coaching. So tired of finishing last in league in the directors cup thingy that come out every year (last not just in league but in the nation)

Gill-needs to be fired. The fact that the season is already written off 5 games in combined with his previous losing seasons at buffalo has proven enough.

Smith- doesn't need to be fired. But didn't deserve a 4 year 6 figure contract extension after finishing last in league with two years remaining on her contract. Let her finish out her original contract then see what happens.

Swimming and diving shouldn't be fired. Thei entire program should be done away with! What a complete and total drain on the athletics department. Seriously! When is the last time you ever hear of somebody buying a ticket to go see a swimming meet? Yet they get scholarships, flown across the county (key west last year), and provided all the advantages that student athletes are allowed.

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texashawk10 2 years, 11 months ago

There's this thing called Title IX you might want to go research about.

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Hammertoe 2 years, 11 months ago

KU should dump all sports except men's basketball....

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Dyrk Dugan 2 years, 11 months ago

overall KU athletics doesn't look real good right now....but we haven't looked good for mult. years so the previous regime didn't do its job.

as for volleyball? here are some facts and they are undisputable:

Ray Bechard is the winningest all time coach at Kansas. the program has been around 30 plus years.

KU has been to the NCAA tourney three times: all under Bechard. so that means, we were NEVER in the NCAA tourney before he took over. Yes, we haven't been there in awhile....but it is what it is. (end of facts.)

Big 12....a very tough league. Iowa St. was a regular doormat...and now they're darn good every year, we've had some tough losses this year....he's very young. we have one outside hitter that's a Sr. our other main hitters and blockers are frosh and sophs.....so it will get better.

We can't fire every coach this year....and Gill should be allowed to develop his players. How in the world is SZ supposed to be able to assess everything, unless he has a chance to assess everything.....it just can't be done in a few months.

i'm no apologist....i want success and accountability too. but i want the assessments done with the big picture involved...not just knee jerk reactions...because a few fans want "action."

support your school, and support the athletes. they're out there giving it all they've got. they deserve it.

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gorilla10 2 years, 11 months ago

KU needs new coaching............end of story

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