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Kansas volleyball wins 2 at season-opening tourney

September 1, 2001

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— Kansas University's volleyball team opened its season with two victories on Friday at the Charlotte Invitational.

KU beat Middle Tennessee State, 30-15, 31-29, 30-25, and Providence College, 30-15, 30-22, 30-19.

"It is really great to get off to a 2-0 start," KU coach Ray Bechard said. "We played all of our kids in the second match of the day, and that's always a big plus when the newcomers can get their feet wet early in the season."

Sophomore hitter Abbie Jacobson and freshman hitter Lindsey Morris each had eight kills and senior setter Molly LaMere had 22 assists against Providence.

The Jayhawks held Providence College to a hitting percentage of .019 26 kills on 133 swings.

"There were times we got caught up in a tempo of play which does not suit our style," Bechard said. "However, it was good to see how the team would respond in those situations."

Earlier Friday, sophomore hitter Sarah Rome had 12 kills, while freshman Danielle McHenry had 10 kills in her first collegiate match. Each player also had a team-leading 10 digs. Sophomore Jordan Garrison had a career-best six block assists.

"Today's win was a good win for us," Bechard said of the MTSU victory. "The match was a little sloppy and a little uneven at times, but the win is still a nice one."

KU will face Virginia Commonwealth and Charlotte today.

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