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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Kansas volleyball drops rematch with Iowa State in 4 sets

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After winning their first road match of the season on Friday night, the Kansas volleyball team took the first set from Iowa State on Saturday but then dropped three straight to fall, 25-20, 23-25, 16-25, 14-25 in Ames, Iowa.

The result of the match moved both teams to 3-9 on the season.

“Both teams responded well at the start of the match and the first two sets were good volleyball,” KU coach Ray Bechard said after the match. “Iowa State gained momentum in the third set and didn’t let go. We need to do a better job of responding to that.”

Junior middle blocker Rachel Langs logged 10 kills for the third consecutive match, while senior outside hitter Jenny Mosser finished with a season-high 17 digs for Kansas.

Junior libero Lacey Angello also added 12 digs for KU, finishing with double-digit digs for the third straight match.

“Lacey has been great and a great boost with her serve-receive and her back court defense,” Bechard said. “That has been a bright spot.”

The Jayhawks will return to Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena next weekend for their final two home matches of the 2020 season, Thursday and Friday against Texas Tech.

Kansas will close the pandemic-shortened season two weeks later, Dec. 3-4 at TCU.

Comments

Chris Condren 1 week, 3 days ago

Win one, lose one. That is about the best this team can do. So much for the glory days of Kansas Volleyball. Another bummer is that with the monetizing of ESPN3 into ESPNPlus it costs another fee to watch the team. I am not going to pay more for sports content. on cable so the Big 12 decision to take this stamp has squeezed me out as a viewing fan. Getting old is hard.

Bville Hawk 1 week, 3 days ago

I didn't get to watch the first set (ESPN+ doesn't have DVR capability, what's up with that?), but we could get absolutely NOTHING going offensively in sets 3 and 4. Don't know if our problem was coaching, conditioning, or just bad luck.

Chris Condren 1 week, 3 days ago

These are the coach’s players. He calls the shots. It is his program. He bears all the responsibility.

Layne Pierce 1 week, 3 days ago

I have watched this happen so much the last 5 years, and frankly it seems that other teams are able to make adjustments to what we are doing successfully in the first 2 sets, we neither adjust to what they are doing, nor do we change what we are doing. The result is we look incredibly helpless and frustrated and we lose.

Have you ever seen us make a significant adjustment back? Frankly no. Sad thing is, does this coaching staff have the moxie and smarts to keep up with better staffs. Staffs that maximize their players and improve them over time, and do the xxs and oos that good coaches can do. Otherwise Bechard's stick with the gameplan, we win or we lose with it, just doesn't seem to be cutting it any more.

This is doubly depressing because we do have talent on this team.

RCJH

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