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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Kansas volleyball drops match to Iowa State

Kansas redshirt freshman outside hitter Ashley Smith jumps for a spike against Iowa State on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Horejsi Center. The Jayhawks won in five sets, clinching a Big 12 title.

Kansas redshirt freshman outside hitter Ashley Smith jumps for a spike against Iowa State on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Horejsi Center. The Jayhawks won in five sets, clinching a Big 12 title.

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Despite a productive first set by Ashley Smith, the University of Kansas volleyball team suffered a sweep at Iowa State Wednesday evening.

Smith logged 10 kills in the first set and made the Iowa State (15-13, 8-7 Big 12) defense look uncomfortable when the junior outside hitter would strike. Her efforts pushed the first set to extras, but Iowa State captured the set by a 27-25 margin.

In the second set, Iowa State and Kansas (15-11, 8-7 Big 12) had four lead changes and six ties. ISU and KU finished with 13 kills each, but the Cyclones tallied only four errors, winning the second set by a score of 25-18. ISU pushed its lead in the third set to 23-18, before Kansas rallied and narrowed the lead to 23-22. Iowa State closed out the set and the match, winning the final two points.

Kansas plays host to Oklahoma at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Comments

Layne Pierce 3 weeks ago

What gives? This team has not been the same since Ennis got hurt, and Ray changed the system. It's an end of season collapse just like last year. There is dissension or something on this team. A team that beats Texas 3-1 has no business with a 4 game losing streak.

Ennis is not playing well or much and the dual setter system that worked so well has been discontinued. Maybe coach Bechard will have to recruit another setter for next year. Ennis seems disinterested, and Carlson has not played since beginning of year.

RCJH

Dirk Medema 3 weeks ago

So far from beating ut. Wish there was more coverage of what is going on vs the rehashing of the same non-news.

Bville Hawk 2 weeks, 6 days ago

I agree with both of the above. We were 6-1 and leading the conference with wins over Top 25 Baylor and Top 5 Texas when Ennis got hurt. Since then we are 2-6 and frequently not very competitive.

After watching Ennis warm up before the KSU game at Lawrence I thought she looked like she was moving and jumping normally so I emailed the coaching staff to see if we were maybe going to go back to Ennis as our primary setter and a 6 position player. After a week or so I heard back from Coach Bechard who basically said he couldn't comment on injuries and the team had faced a number of issues this season and the coaches were doing the best they could.

It would be nice if the LJW would have a reporter followup and get some real answers as to what is going on with this team.

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