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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Third-ranked Texas edges KU volleyball in five sets

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The 23rd-ranked Kansas University volleyball team lost its first home match of the season, a five-set fight against No. 3 Texas on Saturday night at Horejsi Center.

The Longhorns (21-3 overall, 13-0 Big 12) and Jayhawks (21-6, 9-4)came into the night as the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the Big 12, and the teams battled back and forth before Texas prevailed, 20-25, 25-15, 21-25, 25-16, 15-12.

Junior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc finished with 18 kills to lead the Jayhawks, who nearly doubled the number of sets the Longhorns had lost in conference play (three).

“We just left some points out there and didn’t convert some of the digs that we needed to,” KU coach Ray Bechard said. “We out-dug them, we out-worked them in some areas, but at key times we just didn’t make a few of the plays we needed to make. It was a packed house, two great teams playing in a great environment and playing at a high level. We wanted a different result, but we identified some things we can do better, and that’s what we’ll do. We’ll get better.”

Kansas will host Oklahoma at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Horejsi Center.

Comments

Jack Jones 2 years ago

GREAT EFFORT AND PERFORMANCE, JAYHAWKS. I have been impressed by your play all throughout this season. Your season has been characterized by the way you have fought with so much toughness and determination in every one of your matches, no matter whether winning or not.

bville_hawk 2 years ago

C'mon, Bechard, you've got to beat the elite teams at home if you want to run with the big dogs.

Did we just choose not to compete in the 2nd and 4th sets?

Ryan Kruse 2 years ago

Bville hawk, u been to a game or do u just run ur mouth after loses? U are pathetic, u are a great coach from that computer.

bville_hawk 2 years ago

So, what happened in sets 2 and 4? Texas competed for 5 sets (the sets they lost were close). Playing hard and competing hard the whole time you are on the court is a reflection of the coach. Getting blown out 2 of 5 sets is a reflection on the coach. Good coaches consistently get maximum effort out of their players.

No, I haven't been to a match this year, have been in years past, did watch the KSU match on TV. I have followed KU VB for years. Bechard's tenure at KU has been one of mediocrity. His teams more often than not have roller coaster seasons, some good wins mixed with a lot of inexplicable losses.

Just one person's opinion here. Tell me where I'm wrong.

kuballhawk 2 years ago

I saw the game and it seemed like KU had trouble blocking Texas in sets 2,4 and 5. Texas is a very good team - solid all-around, and KU definitely left it all on the court yesterday. A few hitting and service errors hurt the 'hawks, as well, IMO.

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