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REVES SETS ALL TIME KILL RECORD

November 4, 1999

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Amanda Reves rifled 13 kills on Wednesday against Nebraska and moved into first place on the school's all-time kills list. Reves has 1,150 kills, four more than Judy Desch, whose mark stood 12 years.

Amanda Reves has come a long way in four years.

"There's a story of somebody nobody recruited, nobody really paid attention to and four years later she has more kills than anybody in school history.

"That's a direct reflection of her work ethic," Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard said Wednesday night after Reves moved into first place on KU's all-time kill list.

A 6-foot-1 former walk-on from Denver, Reves rifled 13 kills in the Jayhawks' 15-5, 15-9, 15-10 loss to powerful Nebraska before a record-crowd of 1,236 at KU's Horejsi Center.

Reves now has 1,150 kills, four more than Judy Desch, whose KU record stood 12 years.

"Amanda proves that regardless of what your clippings are, regardless of what your credentials are, when you come in, everybody has a shot to make a difference," Bechard said.

Reves banged her KU record-setting kill early in the third game of the lopsided loss to No. 13-ranked NU -- a team that has won 63 of 64 matches against the Jayhawks.

"Setting the record has something to do with blessings -- not having injuries all four years and having the opportunity to be on the floor a lot during my four years here," Reves said. "I think somebody else could do it if given those opportunities."

She believes her record will not stand 12 years.

"Hopefully it will be broken by somebody else before long. It does not say a lot for this program," she said. "We have not had a winning program. We've not had stellar performances. I'm not downgrading any teams in the past, but I think this program has something to look forward to."

Reves says she hopes her achievements -- she's also KU's career record holder in attack percentage and block assists -- will encourage high school athletes who are not highly recruited.

"I hope everyone coming up does not give up hope if they don't play club, four years of high school, middle school and devote all their lives to volleyball early on. They can still do it," said Reves.

She grew up competing in soccer, basketball and track in addition to volleyball.

On Wednesday, Nebraska (18-5, 10-3) breezed to victory against KU (15-9, 6-7).

"They score points pretty easily and they make you earn every point," Bechard said. "A lot of times their physicalness took over in the rallies and the ball placement. We didn't go away, though, that's for sure. We hung in there as long as we could."

Amy Myatt had 11 kills, while Molly LaMere had 37 assists for the Jayhawks, who will meet Texas Tech at 7 p.m. Saturday in Lubbock, Texas.

-- Gary Bedore's phone number is 832-7186. His e-mail address is gbedore@ljworld.com

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