Jayhawks Depart For Brazil

May 23, 2005


The University of Kansas volleyball team willtakeits first-ever international tour this month as its departs for Brazil Monday. The Jayhawks’ 10-day itinerary will include at least four matches with club teams, training, community service and of course, sightseeing.

The group will split time between the cities of Rio De Janeiro and Sao Paulo and travel in between by bus along the coast. Included in the travel party of approximately 28 are 15 student-athletes, including the 2004 seniors, coaching and support staff and KUAC administrators.

Three Jayhawks will also get the opportunity to visit their native country — Josi Lima (Sao Paulo), Paula Caten (Canarana) and Jana Correa (Macapa). KU is scheduled to play 19-and-under club teams including Pinheiros, the Flamingo Club and University of Sant’Anna — the alma mater of Lima and Correa.

“A foreign trip is important to the student-athlete experience here at Kansas,” head coach Ray Bechard said. “Not only will the team benefit from the competition, performance and training, but will also get an important cultural and educational experience as well.”

Log on to kuathletics.com for a trip diary, photos and video clips of the Jayhawks’ Brazilian tour.

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