KU volleyball suffers 1st loss of 2019 season

Kansas volleyball dropped a 3-1 decision to South Carolina on Saturday in the second match of the three-day UCF Challenge in The Venue at UCF.

After a back-and-forth first set, the Jayhawks fought to a 27-25 victory following a kill by junior Sara Nielsen and a block by Nielsen and redshirt-freshman Kailea Carrier. KU then dropped the ensuing three sets (27-25, 25-18, 25-13) to South Carolina.

Ashley Smith and Zoe Hill did their best to keep the Jayhawks within striking distance of the Gamecocks. Smith finished with a team-high 14 kills and Hill added 13. Freshman Gracie Van Driel notched 11 kills on the night for her third match of the season in double digits.

Kansas will complete the UCF Challenge against tournament-host UCF at 3 p.m. Sunday in The Venue at UCF.

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Layne Pierce

I listened to the whole match, and frankly I am puzzled by what Coach Bechard is doing. What is going on with Rachel Langs. She was All-freshmen team last year, and she is not even starting? :Last year Rachel and Camryn Ellis got a lot of experience to use this year. They are hardly playing? In essence we are in rebuilding mode and why?

This team had better improve or we will be in the bottom third of the conference. We always end up in the middle and end of the match with hitting into blocks, over and over again. Is it the setters? Do we need a different offense? Why not use 2 setters. It worked until Ennis got hurt. I like Nielsen, but even she faded at the end.

Why does this keep happening? We fell apart in the second half of the last two seasons. It may not take that long this year. Hope I'm wrong, but ....

RCJH

2 months ago

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