The Kansas University Lady Jayhawks Volleyball squad made their way to the regional portion of the Divison I NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament for the first time in school history.
The Jayhawks traveled to sunny Los Angeles, California where they would meet the #3 seeded Washington Huskies in their Sweet Sixteen match-up, as reported by kusports.com.
Kansas, who hadn’t allowed themselves to be swept all season (the last coming in 2012 against Texas), came in riding high hopes of progressing even further in the tournament, making KU history as they went.
Unfortunately, the Jayhawks expectations didn’t hold up as the #3 Washington Huskies broke out their brooms, dropping KU in 25-18, 25-13, and 26-24.
“We hadn’t been beaten by a team 3-0 all year, and we’re probably one of the few teams in the country that can say that,” KU coach Ray Bechard said. “So that’s very disappointing.”
Senior Brianne Riley had 12 digs on the night and Junior Erin McNorton tallied 29 total assists. Sara McClinton had a game high eight kills while Caroline Jarmoc and Catherine Carmichael each contributed seven kills of their own.
Nonetheless, Senior Brianne Riley had many positive things to say about her teammates as well as her program:
“Our program has come a long way,” Riley said. “Our whole team is talented, but, more than anything, we play with more heart than anybody. We might not match up with other teams talent-wise, but we play with a lot of fire.”
Despite the fact that the dream ride is over for the Lady Jayhawks, they’ve had a year that anyone could be proud to hand their hat on.