Thursday, October 10, 2019

KU volleyball defeats West Virginia to earn first Big 12 win


The Kansas volleyball team defeated West Virginia in five sets (25-20, 25-20, 25-15, 25-17, 15-13) Thursday night at Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.

KU lost the second and fourth set, but ultimately found a way to finish things off with a narrow win in the final set. The Jayhawks earned their first Big 12 win of the season with the thrilling victory over the Mountaineers.

Kansas snapped a seven-match skid with the win, earning its first victory since Sept. 12 against Morehead State.

KU (5-9, 1-3 Big 12) will travel to Texas Tech at 6 p.m. Wednesday.


Layne Pierce 1 year, 6 months ago

So Ennis plays all 5 sets and KU wins, hm, I think I see a pattern, oh by the way she had 14 kills and 12 digs, and 6 assists, and a number of blocks, and she had 2 or 3 serving aces.

Coach Bechard is too smart not to play Camryn!!!

Oh and by the way, KU's hitting percentage for the match was over .200 for the first time in weeks.


Bville Hawk 1 year, 6 months ago

Yep, Layne, I think you and I are vindicated for our pushing for more playing time for Ennis. I still think Coach Bechard has some explaining to do as to why thru 10/5/19 she had only played in 20 sets all season long.

We are playing more veterans more of the time and it shows. I still wonder though, tonight at 10-10 in set 5 he substitutes Christon and Farris in (2 freshman) and Christon immediately makes an error (either passing or service return, I don't recall which). Tied at 10 in set 5 doesn't seem like a good time to have freshman on the floor unless they are really exceptional players. Certainly not 2 freshman at the same time.

Camryn Ennis wasn't perfect tonight but she was damn good. He presence makes a HUGE difference. It was great to see her back on the floor and playing so well despite her lack of playing time so far this season.

Layne Pierce 1 year, 6 months ago

Bville I thought for the first time all year this team played hard and played as a team. Their enthusiasm was fantastic. Granted West Virginia is one of the worst teams in the conference, but still they have some players.

After the way they whipped us in the 4th set and started off ahead in the 5th set ahead 6-2, I would not have bet that we would win, but damned if they didn't.

Besides her all around skills, which are considerable, Camryn seems to bring out best in her teammates.

Don't you think we would at least be .500 now, if she would have been starting? And yet I still don't see how Nielsen is a better setter, but hey, I think they should both be starting every game. Nielsen's diving into the table to save a point, showed me some guts. I have to give her that.


Bville Hawk 1 year, 6 months ago

Layne, I don't think it's a stretch that if we had been playing Ennis 6 positions full time all season long AND limiting the number of freshman on the court at one time that we could easily be 9-5 now instead of 5-9. OU, South Carolina, Syracuse, and UNLV were all winnable matches with her playing little or not at all. She makes us better in so many ways.

For the first time since Morehead State I am excited for the rest of the season, though I feel bad for the team that our coaches let our record become so dismal before they finally woke up. I can't think we will make the post-season now and I felt like we had an outside chance before the season started. I wish the LJW would send a reporter over to the VB offices and do a story on Ennis or interview Bechard to hopefully find out what gives with her lack of playing time until now.

Camryn Ennis is the best and most versatile player on our team by a mile. I continue to be frustrated and perplexed as to why it took the 14th match of the season for the coaches to start playing her as such.

And I too had my opinion of Sara Nielsen changed a bit when she went all out to save that point.

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