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KU volleyball gives coach Ray Bechard 950th win

September 20, 2012

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Ray Bechard claimed the 950th victory of his coaching career in Kansas University’s 27-25, 25-21, 21-25, 19-25, 15-13 victory over Creighton on Wednesday at Horejsi Center.

“Nine hundred and fifty means I’ve been coaching a long time and had a lot of good players,” said Bechard, improved to 950-264. “But to beat a really good team in a situation like that is the most important thing.”

Three Jayhawks set career-highs for Kansas (12-2) against Creighton (10-2).

Third-year junior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc had a career-high 22 kills, five more than her previous high.

Junior setter Erin McNorton also had a career night, finishing with 67 assists for the match.

Freshman outside hitter Tiana Dockery had the best all-around game of her career, recording her first collegiate double-double, with a career-high 15 kills and 15 digs.

“That’s a very, very good team, and when we needed to, we cleaned some things up in the fifth set,” Bechard said. “We made fewer errors and made winning plays. I was most disappointed with how we responded after winning the first two sets, but in the end we are happy with the outcome for sure.”

Sophomore outside hitter Sara McClinton finished the match with 17 kills, and senior middle blocker Tayler Tolefree also contributed a season-high 12 kills.

KU will open Big 12 play Saturday at Texas Tech.

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