Jayhawks Bring Spring Season to Lawrence

April 8, 2013

LAWRENCE, Kan. – After weeks of 6:30 a.m. practices in the Horejsi Family Athletics Center, the Kansas volleyball team finally got the opportunity to face another team in front of a home crowd Saturday afternoon.

Kansas took on Central Missouri State and the Heart of America Havoc, a professional, region-based indoor women’s league sanctioned by USA Volleyball and a member of the Premier Volleyball League. Made up from players in the Kansas and Missouri area, four former Jayhawks returned to the HFAC to play against the current squad: Jenna Kaiser, Emily Brown, Molly Haggerty and Molly Nichols.

“It was a good day of competitive volleyball and of course it was great to have some former Jayhawks on the floor,” Kansas head coach Ray Bechard said. “We had about an hour and a half training session in the morning with both them and Central Missouri State, which was also good for us.”

KU played six total sets on Saturday, winning four of the six while continuing to work with different lineups to get the most roster-wide benefit out of the spring. Bechard was pleased with the offense yet still pinpointed areas his team can sharpen its focus.

“I thought we hit with a higher percentage this weekend,” Bechard said. “We had goals for the pin and outside attackers and they did a great job for the most part. Caroline Jarmoc was really good. One area we were disappointed in was our passing percentage so we’ll continue to have goals we need to address and work on.”

Saturday gave Bechard and his coaching staff the chance to work in different systems, while still getting the majority of the roster equal playing time. Aside from successes on the court, Bechard was also happy with what he saw in the stands and invites Jayhawk fans to come out and watch Kansas host UMKC and Missouri State on Saturday, April 13.

“We had a great crowd on Saturday and would love to have them back.” Bechard said. “It will be an informal setting, but if they’d like to come out and see a little spring volleyball we’d be happy to have them come out.”

Competition is set to start around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and fans can attend free of charge.

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