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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Jayhawks fall in three sets to No. 4 Texas

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Kansas volleyball fell in three sets against No. 4 Texas on Saturday afternoon inside Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena in the first of its two meetings with the Longhorns this season.

In the first set, the Jayhawks kept it close, keeping the Longhorns lead to under 5 throughout the set. Ultimately, KU fell in the set 25-19 after the Longhorns used a 7-0 run to close it out.

Kansas came into the second set looking to take an early advantage as both teams were tied at 16. It ended up as a back-and-forth battle all set long, but it was the Longhorns who came out on top, using a 9-2 run to take the 25-18 set win.

Texas carried that momentum into the third set, winning the set 25-15. KU's Ashley Smith led the team offensively, ending the match with a team-high 10 kills. Sara Nielsen's 31 assists on the afternoon were also a team-best.

Kansas hosts Oklahoma at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Comments

Layne Pierce 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Bville

Kansas looked better at times than they have all year, but the fact is this team as constituted has to play almost perfectly to beat any team with a tall front line. Just look at our hitting percentage it is terrible. Some of that is the setter, and miuch of it is simply that we do not have the inside game to keep people honest on the outside.

If I was Bechard, I would start playing Rachel Hickman at middle blocker, and also Kailie Carrier, this is what we are up against every match. We are simply too small too compete.

Not to mention as you have said so many times, that our defense leaves a giant hole in the middle of the floor. No one else is doing that.

Thirdly do we not recruit players who can field and set the volleyball. Our service return is horrible.

Other than that we played great.

Next year's lineup has to feature Hickman Carrier, Van Driel, Christon, Ennis and Langs rotating in and out with Ennis and Hickman both playing and moving around. There is no way we are going to get recruits as good as Hill, Smith and Nelson next year. So unless there is incredible growth and improvement, this team will probably be the worst team in the conference.

Sad but true

RCJH

Bville Hawk 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Layne, Sara Nielsen will be back next year as well.

Bville Hawk 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Last year on this date we were 6-3 in the Big 12 with a home 4 set win over Texas, this year we are 2-6 in the Big 12 and got smoked by Texas today. How have we fallen so far so fast? Why were there no sophomores or juniors on the roster to replace Jada Burse and Mmachi Nwoke who both transferred to other programs?

What has happened to Rachel Langs? Wasn't she on the all Big 12 rookie team last year? Is coaching the reason her productivity has fallen off so dramatically?

We competed fairly well today against Texas in sets 1 and 2, not so much in set 3. I was beginning to wonder in set 3 if we were going to have a negative hitting percentage for the match!

Layne Pierce 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Bville

I was referring to Allie Nelson, the only real defensive player we have. Yes, thank God, Nielsen will be back, that is something.

Rachel Langs is a good example of someone playing out of a system that is not taking advantage of her skills. She is a very good blocker, but she needs others to do their job, she is average as an offensive player, not great,and often KUs poor passing by defenders means that Nielsens options for 3rd pass are limited, hence we get a lot of blocks by other teams.

You are totally right that there is a question of how she is being developed that goes right along with how she is being used.

Good coaches, certainly great ones, don't recruit players without a purpose and a plan in mind, it is not as simple as recruit a good player, and success must follow.

I agree that by 3rd set, we were demoralized, because there seemed to be no way we could win. Again, there has to be a plan in place for how winning is going to happen.

Another gripe of mine is the long runs that other teams get against us, 5, 6, and 7 points in a row, I wonder how many times that has happened this year.

Lord, Bville, the list is long. Right now, the solutions seem to be few.

RCJH

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