KU Volleyball

KU volleyball defeats Drake to wrap up nonconference play

Darrin McBroom, coach of the Drake Bulldogs, kept pacing himself late in the fourth set. Kansas had just snapped a three-point run at set point, claiming a fourth-set win and the match to deal the Bulldogs their second straight loss. Confused about the point going to the Jayhawks, the ...

KU junior Patricia Montero to miss yet another volleyball season after injury

The injury-plagued career of Kansas volleyball player Patricia Montero has taken another hit. Montero, a junior outside hitter from Ponce, Puerto Rico, who already has endured a pair of season-ending knee injuries during her time at KU (2015 and 2017), once again fell victim to the injury bug ...

Following hurricane, Jayhawks welcome UNC Greensboro volleyball for competition, fun

Though the scoreboard might have told a different story, the UNC Greensboro volleyball program kept cheering as the Spartans kept a close third set Saturday night. It signaled the end of a two-game series that wasn’t even supposed to happen. The University of Kansas volleyball team was set ...

KU volleyball drops 2 matches in Kansas Invitational

With deep family roots in Kansas, it only made sense that Loyola Marymount's star setter, Tess Reid would play well in front of some of her family who had performed well in the same gym she stood in. Reid’s cousin, Emily Brown, played volleyball at Kansas under head coach Ray Bechard from ...

‘My dream came true’: Bowen in 1st season as KU volleyball assistant

As the Creighton volleyball team rushed the court at Horejsi Family Athletics center in 2016, it finally sank in that Maggie Anderson had served in her final match. Following the match, the University of Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard started to tell a story with a shaky voice and ...

KU volleyball notches 2 victories

Kansas opened the Bluegrass Battle in Lexington, Ky., with a pair of wins on Friday ahead of its matchup with No. 16 Kentucky on Saturday. For its second win of the season, Kansas rallied back from a 2-1 deficit to win its second five-set match of the season against Dayton, 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, ...

KU volleyball falls to Arkansas in home opener

In the midst of a back-and-forth fourth set, Kansas finally had Arkansas on the heels of a true deja vu from Friday. Down two sets to none, Kansas had claimed a 25-21 third set to force a fourth set. At set point, a ball from junior outside hitter Patricia Montero sailed out of bounds to tie ...

KU volleyball’s new lineup ready for challenging 2018 schedule

After the University of Kansas volleyball team posted a 30-3 record en route to a Final Four appearance in 2015, head coach Ray Bechard had a hard time putting together a schedule for his team. Scheduling got much easier for the 2018 campaign, however, after the Jayhawks lost plenty of their ...

KU volleyball notches comeback win at Arkansas

Behind career-high kill totals from juniors Patricia Montero (16) and Zoe Hill (14), the Kansas volleyball team rallied from a two-set deficit to defeat Arkansas. The Jayhawks claimed a 3-2 victory (21-25, 23-25, 25-20, 27-25, 15-8) Friday night inside Barnhill Arena. "I think they served for ...

Kansas volleyball defeats UMKC in exhibition match

The Kansas volleyball team opened the 2018 season with a four-set exhibition victory over UMKC Saturday afternoon at Horejsi Family Athletics Center. In the win, the Jayhawks were led by junior outside hitters Patricia Montero and Ashley Smith, who combined for 37 kills on a .394 hitting clip. ...

Jayhawks excited for start of fall sports

For the first time in awhile, the Kansas volleyball team will have a new setter this season. Ainise Havili, who netted three consecutive Big 12 Setter of the Year honors, has since graduated. Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard, who spoke to reporters at Fall Sports Media Day on Thursday in ...

KU athletic department content with equipment policies in wake of UNC suspensions

The recent suspension of 13 North Carolina football players who sold exclusive, team-issued Jordan III shoes has college athletic departments across the country, including at the University of Kansas, on high alert. “You don’t have to be a Jordan school to be alerted,” said Jim ...

KU volleyball promotes former setter to assistant coach

Kansas volleyball head coach Ray Bechard has promoted director of operations Maggie (Anderson) Bowen to assistant coach for the 2018 season. Bowen replaces former assistant coach Kelly Files, who resigned for personal reasons after coaching spring practices. "With the comfort level that our ...

KU volleyball coach Ray Bechard pleased with new AD

Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard did his homework on his new boss. As soon as Kansas hired Jeff Long as the university’s new athletic director, Bechard reached out to people that have worked with Long. Bechard heard nothing but positive things about his new athletic director, which he saw ...

Plans for a new KU volleyball home pushed back a year

Kansas volleyball's plans to open a new arena in 2018 have been pushed back a year. Associate athletic director Jim Marchiony told the Journal-World that the volleyball portion of a $350 million fund-raising campaign to upgrade KU athletics facilities, including Horejsi Family Athletics Center, ...

Tough Ending: KU volleyball falls to Missouri in five sets

WICHITA — It was three years ago when freshmen Kelsie Payne and Ainise Havili took the floor together in their first NCAA tournament together. Kansas was the 16-seed, playing host to Arkansas Little Rock, and it was the third straight time Ray Bechard’s team had made its way to the ...

Missouri-KU clash leading to reunion for KU volleyball’s Taylor Alexander

Taylor Alexander needed KU just like KU needed Taylor Alexander. As the Jayhawks took the floor in the first round of the 2016 NCAA tournament, they had every reason to want to make a statement. Despite winning their first Big 12 title in program history, they were seeded fifth overall. Texas, ...

Havili again named Big 12’s setter of the year

For the third straight season, Kansas senior Ainise Havili was chosen as the Big 12's Setter of the Year by the league's coaches, announced Monday. She was one of five KU volleyball players to earn all-conference honors. Havili, from Fort Worth, Texas, is the only player in Big 12 history to be ...

Kansas faces Missouri in first-round NCAA volleyball tournament match

Athletes who assemble for NCAA tournament selection-show watch parties tend to stay pretty close to the script. First-round matchup appears on the TV screen and the players cheer, sometimes in hollow fashion.Yet, Sunday night in the Naismith room in Allen Fieldhouse, nothing felt scripted about ...

‘Didn’t want to cry’: KU volleyball falls short on Senior Day

The cheers, clapping and tears after the match were to be expected.Mele Havili, mother of KU senior setter Ainise Havili, strolled the sideline. Fans approached her simply to tell her how much they appreciated her daughter. The holdovers in Horejsi Family Athletics Center chatted amongst ...