Sunday, November 2, 2014

KU volleyball tumbles


— Five Kansas University volleyball players had double-digit total kills, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a five-set loss to Texas Christian University.

TCU rebounded from a two-set deficit to beat KU, 19-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-23, 18-16, on Saturday at University Recreation Center.

“When you put yourself in a good situation on the road like we did in the first two sets, you have to carry through,” KU coach Ray Bechard said. “We had six hitting errors in the first two sets and then 24 in sets three and four … just lack of focus. That’s a disappointing outcome and not the way we wanted to start the second half of Big 12, but obviously there’s a lot we will learn from it. We will regroup and be ready to go on Wednesday.”

Kansas (16-7, 4-5) fell to 0-5 in five-set matches this season. TCU (14-10, 4-6) improved to 11-2 at home.

Making her first start of the Big 12 season, KU sophomore middle blocker Janae Hall had eight kills on eight swings by intermission and finished with a career-high 13 kills and led all players with her .391 attack efficiency. KU seniors Chelsea Albers and Sara McClinton tied for the team lead with 14 kills apiece, but combined for 19 errors as well. Albers tallied her seventh double-double of the year with 13 digs added to her kill count.

Sophomore middle blocker Tayler Soucie pounded out 13 kills and tied with junior outside hitter Tiana Dockery for the team lead with five blocks. Dockery’s 10 kills marked the fifth Jayhawk in double digits on the afternoon.


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