Saturday, September 25, 2021

Kansas volleyball caps off sweep of Texas Tech

KU freshman Caroline Bien fires away for one of her season-high 16 kills during the Jayhawks' five-set win over Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021.

KU freshman Caroline Bien fires away for one of her season-high 16 kills during the Jayhawks' five-set win over Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021.


For the second night in a row, the Kansas volleyball team went five sets with Texas Tech, and for the second night in a row it was the Jayhawks who delivered down the stretch.

KU’s win on Saturday night in Lubbock, Texas — 19-25, 14-25, 25-22, 25-15, 15-9 — gave the Jayhawks their eighth consecutive victory and the season sweep of the Red Raiders.

As the final scores indicate, KU got stronger as the match went on, starting off slowly and finishing with a dominant showing in the fifth and final set. With the fifth set tied at 9, KU scored the final six points of the night to win the match.

“We played a very quality team that was lights out the first half of the match tonight,” KU coach Ray Bechard said. “And then we settled in and got things going. I was really encour-aged by the ability of our team to stick to the game plan. It was back-to-back nights of us find-ing different ways to win.”

Freshman outside hitter Caroline Bien led the Jayhawks with career hights in kills (16) and aces (5), super-senior Jenny Mosser recorded her second double-double of the season, which included 12 kills and a season-high 17 digs, and the team recorded a season-best 11 aces.

Sophomore Caroline Crawford also reached double-digits in kills, with 12. Sophomore setter Elise McGhie led all players in the match with 41 assists.

“Everyone was great and Elise was great running the offense,” Bechard said. “Crawford was great coming off the bench. Our serving was outstanding and our passing was consistent. The bench on the road was really, really a bright spot. When things weren’t going well, the bench was enthusiastic and kept us going.”

The win moved KU to 10-3 on the season and 2-0 in Big 12 play. Next up, Kansas will play host to Iowa State at 4 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday.


Bville Hawk 1 year ago

Another even-more-unbelievable-than-the-night-before volleyball match. I'm not sure how good this team is. At times (last night 1st set, tonight 1st and 2nd sets) we look horrible. They do seem to be a tenacious bunch and that will sometimes carry you quite a ways no matter your skill level.

Gerry Butler 1 year ago

these ladies never quit. - -You could see them getting better as the match went on. You could see doubt growing on the Tech ladies faces. - -Couldn't ask for a better start 2-0 in league , they get after it. Not gonna get any easier Iowa State up next. - 8 Matches in a row - -AWESOME ladies stay after it. - -ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

Layne Pierce 1 year ago


Totally agree that team is inconsistent, but are tough enough to turn it around. As we have said previously there is plenty of talent here. And if it is unsuccessful there is only one person to look at.

I especially like the fact that a lot of the talent is homegrown. Crawford, Mcghie, Bien, ,Schmidt, whetstone. And we have a lot of other players who can play. If we cannot win with that talent, then a change is needed.

That being said, last year, I don't think this team would have come back that way. Also getting Mosser was a god send. She is tough, and dependable. Bien looks like a coming All American, her game is total, and she uses all of it.


Bville Hawk 1 year ago

Hi Layne, my main beef with Bechard was the large number of high quality player transfers we lost over a 2 or 3 year period and the only transfer-in we have gained is Mosser. I like the fact that with Mosser and Bien both being 6 position players that we always have someone on the back row we can attack with, I just wish we'd do it a little more often.

ISU this weekend looks to be as good or better than TT so we need to keep improving. It'll be interesting to see if we can play with Texas in 2 weeks.

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