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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

gorilla10 2 years, 6 months ago

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

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Dyrk Dugan 2 years, 6 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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ukanjhox 2 years, 6 months ago

Sad to hear about Bechard's mom.

KU volleyball is a joke, and has been for many years under Bechard's reign. He should have been fired long ago. Hopefully Zenger has the guts to do what Perkins couldn't do. Bechard, though, is buddy-buddy with Marchiony and most everyone else high up in KU athletics, so that's probably keeping him from getting fired. Whatever. As long as he's around, there's not going to be much improvement.

And texashawk10, as much as we all know that ahperse is an idiot, he's sort of right in his post. How many coaches deserve to stay at KU? Other than Self, we could definitely use a massive overhaul in many of the programs, with volleyball and women's basketball at the top of the list (and probably football, but that's a discussion for a different message board.)

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texashawk10 2 years, 6 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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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 6 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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