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Saturday, November 30, 2019

KU volleyball falls in 5 sets to Mountaineers

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In its final match of the season, the Kansas volleyball team fell to the West Virginia Mountaineers (25-20, 25-19, 25-22, 25-22, 15-8) in five sets. The Jayhawks captured the first two sets but were unable to close out the match on the road.

The Jayhawks opened up the first set on fire and held a 10-5 advantage early after an ace by Sara Nielsen and a kill by Cam Ennis. Kansas then closed out the set holding a 5-point advantage and netted the set victory on a Morgan Christon kill.

The second set was very similar to the first, and Kansas again held an advantage early. WVU mounted a late comeback and narrowed the lead down to four, but the Jayhawks closed out the set with help from West Virginia attack errors. A service error by WVU sealed the set victory for KU.

KU's offense was led by Christon, who finished with 19 kills to tie her career-high she set in KU’s last match against Iowa State. Christon earned her first career double-double at Kansas, adding 13 digs. Nielsen tallied her eighth double-double of the season with 40 assists and 14 digs, while Kennedy Farris tallied a career-high 16 digs.

Comments

Layne Pierce 1 week, 6 days ago

So Bville We finish with no road victories. And we blow a two set lead. Very impressive. What do you think? Rcjh

Bville Hawk 1 week, 6 days ago

So very disappointed for the now 2nd year in a row. Hope Ennis wasn't seriously hurt, her going out at 14-17 in set 4 didn't help our cause but not sure we could have won even if she hadn't gone down.

Losing seniors-to-be Jada Burse and Mmachi Nwoke to transfer (ASU, NC State) in the off-season hurt tremendously. Burse probably would have repeated her 2018 All Big 12 honors and Nwoke would have probably been Honorable Mention or possibly 2nd team All Big 12. I've said this before but if anyone who played this year transfers out the AD needs to pull the plug on Bechard.

Layne, you lamented very early in the season that the coaches were treating this as a rebuilding year. You were right, but I don't know why they were doing that and what the hell the coaches have been thinking.

I would be incredibly curious to know what Creighton pays their coaching staff and if we could afford to lure Coach Booth to KU.

And, of course, RCJH

Layne Pierce 1 week, 6 days ago

I really wonder if Carrier is going to stay. I doubt it, and she is proof and evidence of the ability of our coaching staff to do nothing with what we have. I cannot believe that a 6-5 girl who can move cannot provide anything to this team.

Coach Booth or Coach Bird both sound good to me. Ennis is really the glue on this team, and the one player who can perform at a high level at kills, digs, serving, and setting and blocks.

Now supposedly VanDriel and Hickman also have multiple skills, so damn it, put them in a position to succeed. Nielsen is back, Ennis is back, Langs had a disappointing year, that also has to be solved. Christon is a force, but she has to raise her percentage, again coaching and strategy could do it.

Our recruits are good, but its what you do with them that matters.

RCJH

Bville Hawk 1 week, 5 days ago

Layne, regarding Ennis, she didn't play at all in our first Big 12 game (Baylor). I got to thinking maybe they were holding her out of Big 12 play and planning on redshirting her. I thought maybe that wasn't a bad idea, but then the very next match (a blowout loss at ISU) he puts her in to serve 1 point towards the end of the 3rd set. At this point I became convinced this coaching staff had NO plan, they were just grasping at straws. This was the point in the season where we were in the process of losing 19 of 21 sets and essentially blew up our season.

I have lost confidence in the ability of this staff to manage and develop the talent they have. I hope the AD doesn't just rubber stamp another year for this staff. Serious consideration need to be given to making a change.

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