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Thursday, September 20, 2012

KU volleyball gives coach Ray Bechard 950th win

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Ray Bechard claimed the 950th victory of his coaching career in Kansas University’s 27-25, 25-21, 21-25, 19-25, 15-13 victory over Creighton on Wednesday at Horejsi Center.

“Nine hundred and fifty means I’ve been coaching a long time and had a lot of good players,” said Bechard, improved to 950-264. “But to beat a really good team in a situation like that is the most important thing.”

Three Jayhawks set career-highs for Kansas (12-2) against Creighton (10-2).

Third-year junior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc had a career-high 22 kills, five more than her previous high.

Junior setter Erin McNorton also had a career night, finishing with 67 assists for the match.

Freshman outside hitter Tiana Dockery had the best all-around game of her career, recording her first collegiate double-double, with a career-high 15 kills and 15 digs.

“That’s a very, very good team, and when we needed to, we cleaned some things up in the fifth set,” Bechard said. “We made fewer errors and made winning plays. I was most disappointed with how we responded after winning the first two sets, but in the end we are happy with the outcome for sure.”

Sophomore outside hitter Sara McClinton finished the match with 17 kills, and senior middle blocker Tayler Tolefree also contributed a season-high 12 kills.

KU will open Big 12 play Saturday at Texas Tech.

Comments

Phil Leister 7 years ago

950 wins includes Juco as well, so he has about half that many at KU. But he's still made the NCAA tournament 3 times in 15 years. His departure is long overdue.

Cody Stumma 7 years ago

If he makes the Tournament, then he's safe.

Stan Unruh 7 years ago

Ray is a class act and KU is fortunate to have him on the staff.

texashawk10 7 years ago

He may be a class act, but his teams flat out don't win enough. Entering this season, he was 20 matches over .500 at KU and hasn't made the NCAA tournament since 2005. His recent teams have lacked the mental toughness to finish off decent to good teams when they get a lead. It seemed like KU choked away nearly every Big 12 match last year in the 4th or 5th set when they had a chance to win or extend a match.

Nutflush21 7 years ago

716-60 in 13 seasons at Barton CC. That is quite remarkable.

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