Sunday, September 8, 2019

Kansas volleyball drops UCF Challenge finale


Kansas volleyball fell in straight sets (25-15, 25-21, 25-15) to tournament-host UCF on Sunday inside The Venue at UCF to close out the UCF Challenge.

The Jayhawks were in striking distance in the second set, coming from behind to get within 1 point as the Knights held a 22-21 advantage. However, UCF was able to finish the set strong by rallying off three straight points to take a two-set lead in the match.

KU was led by freshman Rachel Hickman who had a team-high eight kills and finished second on the team with eight digs. Senior Allie Nelson led the defensive effort for the Jayhawks with spectacular plays to give the Jayhawks a chance against the potent UCF attack and finished as the team leader with 10 digs.

Kansas (3-2) hosts Morehead State on Thursday.


Layne Pierce 2 years, 10 months ago

Apparently Rachel Langs will be back some time, the sooner the better, our middle blocker defense is week. Our blocking does not seem as good even as last year.

I challenge all of my good KU friends to listen or watch a KU match, and you will be concerned. Did Jada Burse have a reason for transferring to Arizona St? She would have helped so much this year. Rachel Hickman will be great in time, but to throw her to the wolves right away with no other alternative is unfair to her and the team. Van Driel also has tremendous potential, but she is not ready to start as a freshman. Audri Suter is not playing, Jacqui Mostrom, so we basically are rebuilding the team.

Le'ts keep our collective fingers crossed that by the time we get into conference play the team will at least be competitive. That is a big question. They also seem to give up rather easily.

And of course there is the question of why so many of our shots get blocked. Obviously we are not gettting the ball to the right people at the right time. The same thing happened last year. Since we have changed setters and result is similar, it must be the offensive system.


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