The Kansas volleyball team's dream of returning to the Final Four ended in a wildly suspenseful match when Kansas lost the fifth set to Creighton, 20-18, Friday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament. By Tom Keegan
Win or lose in tonight’s match against Kansas, 14th-year Creighton volleyball coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth knows what’s on the play list for Christmas.
A lot has transpired in the world since Creighton’s volleyball team faced another one of the nation’s best, Kansas, on a Thursday night in September. So sophomore Bluejays outside hitter Jaali Winters gets a pass for not recalling many of the finer details of the last meeting between the two programs ahead of the rematch — Friday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. By Benton Smith
Kansas swept its way into the second round of the NCAA volleyball tournament Thursday night in Horejsi Center, but the coach on the receiving end of the broom didn’t sound overly impressed with the Jayhawks.
A year after the program’s first trip to the Final Four, Kansas volleyball opened up the 2016 NCAA Tournament Thursday night with a three-set sweep of Samford on the Jayhawks’ home floor at Horejsi Family Athletics Center.
The road to Columbus, site of the NCAA women’s volleyball Final Four, starts Thursday for Kansas in a 6:30 p.m., first-round match against Samford at Horejsi Center.
The Jayhawks went 8-0 in five-set matches and won them by an average margin of 15-9.
After leading the Kansas volleyball team to its first Big 12 title in program history, junior outside hitter Kelsie Payne was picked as the conference's Player of the Year, highlighting a long list of Jayhawks to earn postseason honors, announced Monday.
Kansas (26-2, 15-1) drew the fifth overall seed, highest in school history, in the NCAA volleyball tournament and had legitimate reason to feel slighted. Texas (22-4, 14-2), which finished second to Kansas in the Big 12 standings, was seeded No. 4 overall, which means that if it wins its first two matches it will the be host school for the regional in which the Jayhawks are competing.
It took another five-set match, but the No. 4-ranked Kansas volleyball team clinched sole possession of the Big 12 Conference title with a thrilling road victory against Baylor on Saturday, 25-20, 25-15, 16-25, 22-25, 15-9.
The Kansas volleyball program continues to reach new heights, its latest step winning the school's first-ever Big 12 title. One of the biggest reasons for the Jayhawks’ success is their do-it-all junior setter Ainise Havili. By Bobby Nightengale
University of Kansas senior middle blocker Tayler Soucie was named Big 12 co-Defensive Player of the Week after leading KU to its first Big 12 volleyball title and extending the fourth-ranked Jayhawks’ winning streak to 13 matches. It is Soucie’s fourth career Big 12 weekly honor.
The 11th month on the calendar always packs powerful potential for sports entertainment on the University of Kansas campus because it’s when the fall and winter seasons overlap.
When coach Ray Bechard walked into the locker room to speak to the Kansas volleyball team he uttered the simplest of post-game remarks to his squad. “We are Big 12 Champs.” By Shane Jackson
The Kansas volleyball team survived a Wednesday night road match with its one-game lead in the Big 12 standings in tact, but it was far from easy and required five sets.