Sunday, September 14, 2014

Penn State tops KU volleyball


— Kansas University’s volleyball team suffered a three-set loss to defending national champion Penn State on Saturday in the Villanova Classic.

Penn State defeated KU, 25-10, 27-25, 25-23.

Earlier Saturday, the Jayhawks (9-2) dropped their opening set for the first time this season but claimed a 19-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-17 victory over American University.

“There are some things to take away from this to feel good about, but we won’t settle for a three-set loss, either,” KU coach Ray Bechard said. “Even though sets two and three were close, you’ve got to find a way to at least get one of those to extend the match.”

In KU’s win over American, Chelsea Albers recorded a career-high 22 kills.

KU and American were both participants in the NCAA Sweet 16 last season, but American fell to 4-4 with its loss to Kansas.

Tayler Soucie recorded seven blocks and added seven kills. Kayla Cheadle had 10 kills, Cassie Wait added 15 kills, and Ainise Havili had 49 assists and nine digs.


Aaron Paisley 6 years, 4 months ago

Only Stanford who beat PSU has done better against PSU than KU did yesterday.

John Randall 6 years, 4 months ago

The fact remains, KU didn't win a set – with boost that might have given us . . .

Don't pretend 3-0 is "better" than a 3-0 loss.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 4 months ago

Other than that Stanford match, nobody else has even forced PSU to the must win by 2 point rule in more than one set. KU clearly isn't in PSU's league, but PSU is program that has won 5 out of the last 7 volleyball national titles. KU is a very good program and with a couple of breaks, could've extended PSU to 5 sets or even pulled the massive upset.

Thomas Smith 6 years, 4 months ago

John his point was that KU played a very good game after the first set.

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