Saturday, November 2, 2019

Jayhawks fall to Sooners in 3 sets


Kansas fell in three sets to the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday afternoon at Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.

The first set started off as an even matchup, with the Jayhawks and the Sooners going back-and-forth until Kansas pulled ahead after a 7-point streak. The Jayhawks were up early, holding a 15-5 advantage over the Sooners, and eventually reached a 20-12 edge in the set.

Despite being led by senior Zoe Hill, who tallied four kills in the set, KU was not able to hold off the Oklahoma comeback. OU took the lead back at 24-23 and won the set with a final score of 26-24.

Even though they were down early in the second set, the Jayhawks made a solid comeback effort, making it a 3-point match near the end. The Sooner offense held strong, capturing the second set 25-19.

Oklahoma took an early lead in the third set, but KU had no problem fighting back and closing the gap. The Jayhawks tied the game at 9 and took a 10-9 lead after a kill from Ashley Smith. Oklahoma was able to respond and pulled off a 25-20 win to take the match.

KU will host Texas Tech at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.


Layne Pierce 2 years, 1 month ago

Bville Our hitting percentage for the match was below .100, you just can't win with that kind of percentage. And next year we will not have Smith or HIll. And no Allie Nelson as Libero.

We started off so well against OU, but it was fools gold, because we have to play almost perfect against every team we play to have a chance. We have no real middle attack, except Hill, if the set is perfect.

Again no Carrier. This season is over done, finished, why not start getting ready for next year. That is if half the team doesn't quit or transfer. Even Bechard doesn't look like he particularly cares. Just going through the motion ala David Beatty.

Please tell me something to be encouraged by?


Bville Hawk 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm discouraged as well. I don't understand why Carrier isn't playing at all, but I also didn't understand why Ennis only played a point here and there thru the first 13 matches of the year. Today it seemed all our hitters Smith, Hill, Langs, Ennis, Christon hit into double teams almost every attempt, so are we not being creative enough in our offense or is our setter tipping off where the set is going, or is our setter not getting the set where the hitters need it to be most effective?

I think our back row defense is improved over what it was against KSU, I still think Angelo is getting too much playing time-she doesn't move her feet especially well and doesn't seem to react well to most smashes hit in her direction.

I don't always jump on the fire the coach bandwagon, but I'm beginning to think that maybe a change is in order. We have gone from a top 25 program to the bottom of the Big 12 and the coaches seem to be grasping at straws...

Layne Pierce 2 years, 1 month ago


Have you seen any adjustments during the games? What you see is what you get, and we get clobbered. It is starting to look like we are playing the volleyball of 10 years ago and the game is moving beyond us. I think Angelo should lose 25 pounds, she is heavier than last year and it has slowed her down.

Ok we started off great, but then we hit a wall. We were playing better than we are for awhile, but then we came back to our hitting percentage which is incredibly bad. To be in the Top 50 nationally we would need to be at .244. Sounds impossible, well in 2015 when we went to the final 4 our team hitting was .299, and we had 3 players above .350. for a season. It seems clear that Bechard has not been able to recruit what he needs and he does not use what he has to the maximum, nor does he develop the players, so why should he stay. Can you keep any other job with that kind of performance?


Chris Condren 2 years, 1 month ago

This is sad. Time for a change at the top. Get a new coach before the program hits rock bottom.

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