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Friday, September 13, 2019

KU volleyball falls to Arizona

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Kansas volleyball was unable to secure its second victory of the Kansas Invitational on Friday night as it fell in straight sets to the visiting Arizona Wildcats inside Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.

After falling behind 2-0, the Jayhawks were in need of a rally to pull off the come-from-behind win. The set went down to the wire with both teams tied at 23. However, it was the Wildcats who would be able to score the final 2 points to secure the 25-23 set and match victory.

A trio of Jayhawks led the way on the night, with seniors Zoe Hill and Ashley Smith along with sophomore Rachel Langs, each finishing with six kills. Junior Sara Nielsen did her best to distribute the ball to her trio, ending with 26 assists.

Comments

Bville Hawk 2 months ago

This is so frustrating!!! Why are the coaches treating these games like exhibitions??? Last night against Arizona we had 3 freshman on the floor much of the 3rd set when we are already down 2-0. We have 3 very good seniors (Hill, Smith, Nelson) and 2 sophomores who distinguished themselves last season (Langs, Ennis). Do our coaches have an agenda or are they just stupid? This game was very reminiscent of our terrible showing against UCF last Sunday.

Camryn Ennis showed last night in the 3rd set (when the coaches finally inserted her into the game) that she is probably our most versatile player. She can block, serve, hit, and dig. She is also the best setter on the team, for the life of me I can't understand why she is playing behind Sara Nielsen, a mediocre setter who transferred to KU this season after 2 lackluster seasons at Minnesota. Ennis should be a 6 position player (like she was last year before she got hurt) and be on the floor 95% of the time.

Rachel Langs should be getting as many swings at the ball as we can get her. She too should be on the floor as much as possible, she is a great hitter and great blocker. She was selected last year to the All Big 12 Rookie Team as a freshman.

Layne Pierce 2 months ago

Bville

I totally agree, and something needs to change, because right now, we are last or next to last in the Conference stats in nearly every category. It is hard to understand what is going on, and we had better start improving immediately, or this is going to be a long season.

I thought that Ennis would at least be a regular. She only played at the end of the 3rd set. I love Van Driel, Hickman, and Chiston, but they cannot be ready to simply take it all on their shoulders as freshman. It is like Bechard is just writing this season off.

Carrier also has great potential. But she is still very green.

The other thing that drives me crazy is our passing, it is atrocious. You watch other teams and they get the ball to the scorers in positions for success, we just don't do that. What gives?

Also, I don't understand why Bechard does not do some two setter formations, it worked great last year until Ennis got hurt. I think NIelsen is ok, but she is not as good of all around player as Ennis, and they both need to be playing.

Let's keep talking, apparently you and I are the only two people who care. It will be a shame if the first year in the vball digs is a stinker, but unless things change, that is where we are heading.

RCJH

Bville Hawk 2 months ago

And so today versus Syracuse (who lost to Morehead State on Friday) we start and finish the first set with 3 freshman on the floor along with our Big 10 castoff setter and lose the first set enroute to getting swept in 3 by Syracuse. Definition of insanity???

To be fair Bechard did play a few more veterans today after the first set but not a lot.

Can I get a refund on the remainder of my season tickets???

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