KU volleyball falls to Texas Tech in five sets

The Kansas volleyball team fell to Texas Tech in five sets Wednesday night inside United Supermarkets Arena.

It was a back-and-forth affair from the second the match began. In the first set, both teams led by as many as four points. The Red Raiders tallied the final two points to earn a 25-22 set victory.

KU led by as many as 10 points en route to a 25-16 win in the second set. Senior Zoe Hill gave the Jayhawks a 2-1 lead by netting the final two points of the 27-25 win. Texas Tech recorded a win in each of the next two sets (25-13, 25-11) to pull out the win.

Sophomore Camryn Ennis led the way for Kansas with a team-high 13 kills. She was one of four Jayhawks to finish the night in double figures. Junior Sara Nielsen once again led KU in assists with 39.

Kansas (5-10) will play host to TCU at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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Bville Hawk

Sigh! It would have been awesome to have won this match tonight but it was nice to see us compete so well against a good team on the road.

Camryn Ennis continues to show that she is the best player on the team. Why or why it took the coaches 13 matches before they started giving her any playing time is a continuing source of frustration for me.

Observations: Lacey Angello is getting more playing time than she deserves. C'mon coach, give Suter or Mostram a serious opportunity. Tied tonight in set 5 at 8 or 9 and Farris and Angello combine for 4 (maybe 5) weak/poor service returns in the next 6 or 8 points to essentially eliminate our chances. C'mon coach, no freshman (Farris) on the floor at crunch time.

Did Carrier even play tonight??? The box score says she played 4 sets but she has all 0's in her line and I don't recall her playing at all (along with Mostram). Carrier, as a redshirt freshman, should be getting playing time ahead of the true freshman bigs, she has played well of late and doesn't help us sitting on the bench.

4 weeks ago

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Layne Pierce

Bville

I too was sorry about lost opportunity, but encouraged by effort.
I do have to agree though that the tendency of playing freshman so much is troubling.

Now I have seen Angelo do some good things, but what is the decisive factor? Is Angelo a better digger, a better server than Suter and Mostrom? And Ennis, sitting on the bench so long.

What rhyme or reason is there is this staff's thinking? If they keep on doing this they are going to drive away 3 or 4 good people.

I dread the thought of next year, unless this pointless exploitation of people comes to an end.

Now, it seems HIckman is not goingj to even get to play. She has talent, she should be playing in the right spots. Apparently the staff only thinks 7 to 9 players should play 5 sets.

I was angry about Ennis, and now I am unhappy about not using Hickman at all. This is no way to build a team.

4 weeks ago

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Layne Pierce

Bville

I would also add Carrier to the list. it is almost like if you do anything the staff doesn't like during the week, then you get no playing time. I fear a change is needed.

RCJH

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Bville Hawk

I'm worried about good people leaving as well. I haven't been able to find out why Annika Carlson (sophomore setter last season) is no longer on the team. We have discussed Jada Burse (junior outside hitter last season) transferring to Arizona State, but also how about Mmachi Nwoke (junior middle blocker last season) transferring to North Carolina State?

Why are good players and upper classmen leaving the program?

3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Layne Pierce

I am afraid that Coach Bechard is just using people not developing them not adjusting to the players and not creating a system for them to succeed. I would add the big middle blocker Alexander. She did graduate but she was not used properly.

There is a problem and it's starting to really show. The old question is does a team win because of a coach or inspire of ...
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