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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

KU-TCU volleyball series moved to next spring

KU senior Jenny Mosser prepares to swing during the Jayhawks' home match against Baylor on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 at Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.

KU senior Jenny Mosser prepares to swing during the Jayhawks' home match against Baylor on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 at Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.

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Four Big 12 Conference volleyball series, including one involving Kansas, have been postponed to next spring, conference officials announced Tuesday.

Dates and times have not yet been announced.

KU's 2020 season-finale series with TCU, previously scheduled for Dec. 3-4 in Fort Worth, Texas, will join Texas at TCU, Oklahoma at Iowa State and TCU at Oklahoma in being moved to 2021.

Kansas entered the week at 3-9 on the season, with two home matches versus Texas Tech on the slate for Thursday and Friday. Those matches will now mark the end KU's 2020 season.

The Horned Frogs, meanwhile, are currently 1-7 and the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the postponement of several TCU matches this season.

"We entered this fall season thankful for the opportunity to compete, knowing there would be a chance we would not complete our entire schedule," KU coach Ray Bechard told the Journal-World on Tuesday. "We look forward to traveling to TCU as part of our spring schedule."

This summer, the Big 12 revised its volleyball schedules to include five conference series at home and five conference series on the road for each team. While some of the COVID delays moved games to later dates this year, the conference now has decided to end all volleyball activity for the year with this weekend's matches.

As a result, the all-Big 12 volleyball awards and academic team will be announced in the spring once all conference matches are completed.

Top-ranked Texas, at 14-0, already has wrapped up the 2020 Big 12 title. The Longhorns have just two matches remaining and lead Baylor (11-3) by three games.

KU enters the final week tied for sixth place with Iowa State, two games behind Texas Tech for fifth in the nine-team volleyball standings.

MATCHES MOVED TO THE SPRING

Texas at TCU (was scheduled Nov. 28 & 29)

Kansas at TCU (was scheduled Dec. 3 & 4)

Oklahoma at Iowa State (no make-up date had been set)

TCU at Oklahoma (no make-up date had been set)

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