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Thursday, October 15, 2020

KU’s Caroline Crawford named Big 12 rookie of the week

KU's Caroline Crawford (9) and Anezka Szabo (8) elevate at the net for a block attempt during the fourth set of the Jayhawks' five-set loss to the Mountaineers on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 at Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.

KU's Caroline Crawford (9) and Anezka Szabo (8) elevate at the net for a block attempt during the fourth set of the Jayhawks' five-set loss to the Mountaineers on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 at Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.

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Kansas middle blocker Caroline Crawford, the Big 12's preseason pick for conference freshman of the year, was named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week earlier this week.

A freshman from nearby Lansing, Crawford appeared in all 10 sets of KU's back-to-back losses to West Virginia last week, playing a key role in the team's offensive and defensive game plans.

Crawford recorded a career-high 10 blocks, including five solo blocks, while adding five kills in a five-set loss to the Mountaineers on Oct. 9.

One day later, she delivered a career-high 13 kills in KU's second match with West Virginia. She also added another six blocks, to finish the weekend with 18 kills and 16 blocks.

Crawford and the Jayhawks (1-5) will return to action Friday night, in Norman, Okla., where they will look to snap a five-game losing streak against the Sooners.

Friday's match will start at 6 p.m. and KU and OU will return to action at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Comments

Dirk Medema 1 week, 2 days ago

Hopefully she’s 8 & not 9. I’ve only ever played recreationally but seem to recall hearing how the hands are supposed to be together for a block.

Matt Tait 1 week, 2 days ago

She's definitely No. 9, and volleyball coaches at all levels have really started to study blocking more and teach a variety of approaches these days. While common sense makes you think it's best to keep your hands together, you can actually cover more ground (and cut down on more angles) by spreading them out and working with your teammate to set the block the way you want for that particular moment/point/swing.

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