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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

KU volleyball falls to No. 3 Baylor

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Kansas volleyball was unable to pull off the upset against the No. 3 Baylor Wednesday, falling in straight sets (25-19, 26-24, 25-18) inside the Ferrell Center.

After falling behind 1-0, the Jayhawks were looking to even up the match in the second set as they fought their way to a 24-21 advantage over the Bears. Baylor managed to rally off five straight points to take set two 26-24 and a 2-0 advantage.

The third and ultimately final set was controlled from beginning to end by the Bears as they completed the sweep with the 25-18 set victory.

Senior Ashley Smith did her best to keep Kansas in the game, finishing with a team-high 10 kills on the night to go along with two blocks. Senior Allie Nelson continued to climb up the all-time KU digs ladder as she finished with a team-best 11.

Kansas (7-15, 3-9 Big 12) plays host to Kansas State at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Comments

Bville Hawk 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Baylor is really good, one of the best teams in the country. We used to be, but aren't any more and I'm not sure why. Our program had gotten to the level where we didn't have to talk about rebuilding years or say "wait til next year." Not any more. Coaching? Defections? Do defections reflect back on coaching?

Carrier played decently despite a lack of previous playing time. Smith, Christon, and Ennis were all solid. Our hitting percentage was improved over the last 2 sets of the TCU match (when it was pitiful). We resorted back to attacking almost exclusively on the outside with little or nothing up the middle, but not having Zoe Hill contributed to our lack of a middle attack. Our passing was atrocious tonight, it seemed Nielsen was frequently having to run halfway across the court to get in position to set.

What has happened to Langs??? She should be having a much better sophomore season than she is. She was consistently good last year both in hitting and blocking, this year her number of kills is about like last year but her blocks are way down.

Layne Pierce 3 months, 2 weeks ago

You know Bville we finished with .190, about our average, but that just is not good enough.
No Hill, of course is fatal. Was she sick, hurt? What happened?

Fact is, too many times this year we have failed to win with leads at the end of sets. It is time for us to face the facts, either we lack the players, or we lack the coaching of those players, or we lack both. Now I did some research and I believe that we will have 3 schollies to give, and already committed are 2 decent players, Karli Schmidt from Lansing, and Kaiti Parks from Olathe Northwest, a 6-2 Middle Blocker. Still comparing what other teams have coming back, it is just hard to feel that we will be qualitatively better next year.

As far as Langs goes, it's almost like she is playing somewhat hurt. One interesting thing, I read in the Lincoln NE paper today was the fact that last year Lexi Sun, hit only .200 this year she is up to .290. The reason she has learned to shoot to more than just one or two parts of the court. Our coaches need to work with our hitters, we have to be better next year, or else.

I saw somewhere that Bechard is surprised at how bad the record is this year. Duh, is he that bad a judge of ability? Now if these girls don't get a lot better next year, we are doomed.
In many matches its like teams are toying with us. They know we don't have it. Sad fact is that there are 4 other teams nearly as bad as us, and 4 teams completely out of our class. Yet we have trouble beating anyone. I could easily see us losing out the rest of the season.

In game adjustments, we just never make. We our outcoached in every game. We had a good run with Bechard where he had some superior players, but otherwise, just a little bit above average. And now we are below average. So Mr. Long, How long must we wait?

RCJH

Bville Hawk 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Do we recruit anywhere but NE Kansas and Texas? Nebraska and Iowa (along with most of the upper midwest Big 10 states) are hotbeds for high school girls volleyball. I know we have Nelson from Illinois but I would think KU would be appealing to recruits in those states as Lawrence is reasonably close to home, etc.

We were good under Bechard when he brought in 2 new assistant coaches, Laura "Bird" Kuhn and I don't recall the guy. Those 2 leave and we go downhill. Just an observation.

Bville Hawk 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Layne, they said on the broadcast that Zoe Hill was injured in practice this week.

Layne Pierce 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Just a note Bville. Texas A&M where Bird Kuhn went to is 18-6 this year, and in top half of SEC. Your theory about assistants seems well founded.

I think the biggest questions now are 1) is Bechard back, and 2) how many, if any transfer.

I think at best this team was .500, and that looks like a stretch for next year.

RCJH

Layne Pierce 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Bville

Here is an interesting note I found on Texas AM volleyball site, concerning the hiring of Laura Bird Kuhn.:

ince Kuhn arrived on campus at KU, Jayhawk volleyball has experienced a miracle turnaround. HC Ray Bechard has been there at KU for 20- years, where the Jayhawks were the perennial bottom dwellers of the Big 12. In fact, I remember feeling sorry for KU b/c they were that bad. Then beginning in 2012, Bechard wins Big 12 coach of the year 4- times and KU is suddenly a final four volleyball team...all of which correspond with the arrival of Laura Kuhn.

RCJH

Bville Hawk 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Interesting find, Layne. Too bad we didn't promote Bird to head coach while we had her and move Bechard over to the Williams Fund or similar position. I'm coming around to your thinking that we are stuck in the bottom third of the Big 12 until we make a change of head coach. I doubt we could entirce Bird back, one I've alwasy liked is the head coach at Creighton but I have no idea how good her deal is there.

I have trouble believing that dork at Baylor has put together such a powerhouse although if you take Pressley out of their lineup they wouldn't be nearly as strong as they are. But still, why anyone would want to play for him is beyond me...

Layne Pierce 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Bville

I am also a big fan of Creighton Coach, getting Bird back would be difficult, unless, maybe, she has a lot of love in her heart for Mt. Oread. Like we do. The coach at Creighton makes the very most out of the talent she gets, and her teams are tough.

Have you also noticed that we do not have a single victory this year if we trail 2-0 in sets? Am I right? And also 3 or 4 times we have had a lead of 2 sets and lost, and 2 or 3 times we have even had set point and still not been able to close the deal.

RCJH

Bville Hawk 3 months, 2 weeks ago

We have definitely had trouble closing out sets and closing out matches. We are so predictable in those situations. It seems like we almost always go the the left side with Christon or Smith. We have no one who can hit off the back row except Ennis and at 6'0" she isn't long enough to be a consistent threat back there.

Layne Pierce 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Bville I think you have spotted something. Ennis is good when they set her up for backrow. But too often they feed her the ball on the outside when the block has already formed, and she is not tall enough to always overpower the block.

She can hit from the back row effectively, but we don't set that up very much.

Now Ennis is starting to have a decent percentage on her kills, but Christon gets a lot of shots and unfortunately she forces a lot of things, so her percentage is not good.

RCJH.

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