KU Volleyball

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 ...

KU volleyball opens trip to UCF with win

The Kansas volleyball team opened its trip to Orlando, Fla., for the UCF Challenge with a three-set sweep of Albany on Friday. KU (3-0) cruised to a 25-16 win in set one before rallying off 5 consecutive points to close out the second set after trailing by 3. The Jayhawks finished it off by ...

Jayhawks sweep Mavericks to start 2-0

Kansas volleyball won its second-straight match to open up the season by sweeping the Omaha Mavericks, 3-0, Tuesday night inside Baxter Arena. KU won the first set by a 25-11 margin and then recorded a 25-16 victory in the second set. After going up 2-0 through the first two sets, where the ...

KU volleyball defeats UMKC in season opener

It was a strong showing to start the 2019 season. On two different occasions, Kansas volleyball had to answer UMKC during a five-set road victory in the season opener. The Jayhawks dropped the first set by a 25-13 margin before bouncing back with a 25-23 win in the second set. UMKC claimed a ...

KU volleyball tops Wichita State in exhibition play

The Kansas volleyball team earned a 3-2 victory over Wichita State inside Wichita's Koch Arena in the Jayhawks’ lone exhibition match of the 2019 season Saturday. After falling behind two sets to one, the Jayhawks rebounded by outscoring the Shockers 40-21 in the final two sets to take the ...

Kennedy Farris to join Kansas volleyball

Kansas head volleyball coach Ray Bechard announced the addition of Kennedy Farris to the 2019 roster. Farris, a Lansing High School graduate and Leavenworth, Kansas native, played four years for the Lions and helped Lansing to four unbeaten Kaw Valley League seasons. In her four years in the ...

Kansas Athletics shifts health care oversight from KU’s campus to medical offices

Forty Kansas Athletics employees specializing in sports medicine are now reporting to actual doctors and medical professionals instead of KU administrators. Through a collaboration with The University of Kansas Health System and LMH Health, Kansas Athletics on Wednesday morning announced the ...

Local volleyball athletes to participate in tryouts for national team

Ten volleyball student-athletes from Lawrence will participate in the 2019 U.S. Women’s National Team open tryouts, which are set to take place this weekend in Colorado Springs, Colo. Six current Kansas volleyball student athletes are each set to head to the U.S. Olympic Training Center for ...

KU volunteer assistant volleyball coach arrested on suspicion of burglary

Updated story - Charges allege that KU women’s volunteer volleyball coach burglarized homes, stole underwear for over a year A volunteer assistant coach for the University of Kansas women’s volleyball team was arrested and charged with a felony this week, not long after resigning his ...

Former UCLA assistant Kaitlin Nielsen joins KU volleyball

Kaitlin Nielsen, former assistant volleyball coach at UCLA, has been named assistant coach at Kansas, KU volleyball head coach Ray Bechard announced Wednesday. Nielsen replaces Maggie Bowen, who returns to her role as director of operations after a one-year stint as assistant coach. "We are ...

KU volleyball players earn Big 12 honors

Four Kansas volleyball players netted league honors, the Big 12 conference announced Monday afternoon. Jada Burse (first), Gabby Simpson (second), Ashley Smith (second) and Rachel Langs (rookie) were all recognized for their play this season. Burse led Kansas in kills (374), kills per set ...

KU volleyball drops five-set thriller to Sooners on Senior Day

On a day celebrating the careers of two Kansas seniors, Kansas volleyball fell 3-2 in a five-set thriller to Oklahoma inside Horesji Family Athletics Center. With the loss, KU closed out the 2018 regular season with a 15-12 overall record, including 8-8 in Big 12 Conference play. The Jayhawks ...

Kansas volleyball drops match to Iowa State

Despite a productive first set by Ashley Smith, the University of Kansas volleyball team suffered a sweep at Iowa State Wednesday evening. Smith logged 10 kills in the first set and made the Iowa State (15-13, 8-7 Big 12) defense look uncomfortable when the junior outside hitter would strike. ...

KU volleyball falls to TCU in Texas

Despite a competitive first set, Kansas volleyball suffered a 3-0 loss to TCU at the TCU Recreation Center Saturday afternoon. TCU claimed a 25-20 win over the first set, which featured 12 ties between the two teams. The Horned Frogs then notched a 25-19 win in the second set, while recording ...

KU volleyball surrenders 2-set lead in loss to Kansas State

Kansas coach Ray Bechard didn’t even need radio play-by-play broadcaster Jackson Schneider to finish his postgame question. “After a match like this, when you started off so well, you kind of faded towards the end,” he began. “How do you ...” “Faded?” Bechard interrupted. ...

FSHS senior Rachel Hickman signs to play for KU volleyball

Free State senior Rachel Hickman knew Wednesday was different when she woke up in the morning. Hickman has known since September of 2016 that she would eventually be playing collegiate volleyball at the University of Kansas, as that was when she announced her verbal commitment. Hickman has ...