Sunday, September 18, 2011

Kansas volleyball takes title … again


— Kansas University’s volleyball team just keeps winning tournaments.

The Jayhawks swept DePaul on Saturday to win their third tournament of the season before Big 12 Conference play starts. KU won, 25-18, 25-12, 25-23, behind stellar play from tournament MVP/senior outside hitter Allison Mayfield.

KU also defeated Valparaiso earlier Saturday, 25-18, 27-29, 21-25, 25-16, 15-10, en route to the title.

The DePaul Invitational marked the 10th pre-conference tournament title for KU coach Ray Bechard.

At 11-1, Kansas stands one victory shy of the program’s best start under Bechard (12-1, 2002). The school’s best-ever start was a 15-1 mark to begin the season in 1991.

“We didn’t start game one great and didn’t end game three great,” Bechard said. “But in four pre-conference tournaments, we’ve won three championships. We know the areas we need to work on, and I feel like we’ve positioned ourselves pretty well to get started in Big 12 play.”

Mayfield paced the Jayhawk offense — she had a nine-kill, .818 attack percentage effort in set two — en route to 17 total kills. The senior averaged nearly five kills per set over the weekend and took home her third tournament MVP this season.

Third-year sophomore middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc collected her fourth straight all-tournament-team award. Jarmoc swung for a team-best .424 attack percentage while racking up 14 blocks. Against DePaul, Jarmoc connected on eight kills and four blocks.

Kansas will begin Big 12 play with a trip to face No. 8 Texas on Saturday in Austin, Texas. The match is set for 4 p.m.


Cody Stumma 6 years, 9 months ago

Alright girls, you can take them. After all, you beat the team that swept Texas.

Good Luck and Rock Chalk!

ahpersecoachingexperience 6 years, 9 months ago

Hmmmm, where have I see this before? Great record against sub par opponents heading into conference play and then the wheels come off. Then the coach gets to keep his 6 figure salary only because he is buddies with a pretty prominate basketball coach.

Cody Stumma 6 years, 9 months ago

Yep... they haven't done anything spectacular like defeat the then-#6 Minnesota or anything. And they lost to #15 Northern Iowa in 5-sets, that should be an instant-firing of the coach. Unacceptable.

truefan 6 years, 9 months ago

True, ahper, but these girls have already beaten some top 25 teams this season with their only loss coming to #15 Northern Iowa I believe. Let's see if they keep it up in Big XII play before we criticize them or call them world champs.

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