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Friday, October 30, 2020

KU volleyball falls in 5-set rivalry rematch with K-State

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It took all five sets Friday night, but the Kansas State volleyball team avenged the previous day’s Sunflower Showdown loss at rival Kansas.

The No. 11 Wildcats prevailed (22-25, 25-21, 25-19, 17-25, 15-10) at Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena after building a quick 6-0 advantage in the decisive fifth set.

KU took the first set of the match but couldn’t keep the momentum alive.

Graduate transfer Jenny Mosser put away 21 kills for the Jayhawks in the rematch. Freshman setter Elise McGhie passed out 47 assists. Junior middle blocker Rachel Langs provided six blocks.

The Jayhawks, who put an end to a seven-game slide on Thursday, with a four-set victory over K-State, dropped to 2-8 on they year.

Next up for KU is a road trip to play Iowa State on Nov. 13 and 14.

Comments

Bville Hawk 1 month ago

Entertaining match this evening, I was pleased how we battled back to take it to a 5th set. Why we came out flat in the 5th after winning the 4th I don't understand. A slow 5th set start and a couple questionable calls and it's match over.

A couple observations: Molly Schultz either needs to get a lot better or play a lot less. I was surprised we used Kennedy Farris as libero in sets 4 and 5. As I was watching the entire match I was thinking I've never seen Farris play as well as she was playing and I thought she did a good job when she was switched to libero in set 4. I don't know why Schultz continued to play as much as she did after Farris took over for her at libero.

There is a lot a good, young talent on this team. I'm waiting to see how many transfer out after the season. Losing transfers has just killed the continuity in this program. I've watched 2 of undefeated Texas A&Ms matches this year. The announcers were raving about Cam Ennis at the end of their last match - how she makes a team better in so many ways. Yep. I know.

Chris Condren 1 month ago

It is almost a certainty the KUAD will let the current staff run the volleyball program into the ground and perhaps below ground before it considers making a change. The department strives for mediocrity at best in its sports teams. The team competed at a top ten level for a couple of years due largely to the efforts of an assistant coach. Back then the team recruited and kept great players. Now it lives on a roster that turns over annually and resides at the bottom of the conference standings. So sad.

Bville Hawk 1 month ago

Chris, hope you are wrong about the KUAD. Bechard is 62 years old and seems like he would be a good fit at the Williams Fund if AD Long wanted to make a change. I'm withholding judgment on Bechard until I see how many players we lose after this season to transfer. It's one thing to lose a few seldom used players to transfer, it's something entirely different to lose players of the quality of Cam Ennis, Jada Burse, Morgan Christon, et al.

Chris Condren 4 weeks, 1 day ago

I hope so too. Bechard results were mediocre at best prior to the conference title teams of just a few years ago. When his top assistant left for Texas A&M everything came crashing down despite now having a premier venue packed with fans.Since then his teams have been bottom feeding with constantly changing rosters. It will be a refreshing change if Long unseats a long tenured coach because of poor results.

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