Globe-Trotting Jayhawks: Kylee Kopatich

From Aug. 8-18, the Kansas women’s basketball team and staff will embark on a 10-day foreign tour through France and Switzerland, as the Jayhawks aim to build team chemistry and grow together on and off the hardwood. Throughout the tour, which includes four games, a different player on KU’s 2016-17 roster will share what the team was up to each day while abroad.

Day 7 – Montreux, Switzerland

Bonjour!

Waking up early is never fun but when you get to wake up to tour around a 1000-year-old castle, it makes it well worth it. The big talking point that we discussed during the tour was the Bernese period and how they lived. We traveled through their dining room, bathroom, and their prison.

It was very interesting to see what they believed was right to do. For example, as we toured the bedroom, the bed was extremely small and the tour guide told us that it was made for three people. She said they slept sitting straight up because they believe that sleeping straight up brought you closer to god. It was very interesting comparing beliefs.

Next on the agenda for the day was traveling to the first and only game in Switzerland. Even though it was about 45 minutes away, the scenery going there had me speechless. Even when we got there the mountains surrounding the gym were just incredible. This was the first time I actually wanted to play a game on an outside court. Leaving with yet another victory, we headed back to the hotel and had some free time.

After getting back to the hotel, some of us decided we wanted to do something adventurous, so we decided to go paddle boarding on Lake Geneva!  It was just beautiful and peaceful with the mountains in front of us. I am excited to say that I did not fall off once and this is impressive because it was my very first time. Paris was fun but Switzerland was so breathtaking and I am so excited that I could show you how much fun I had today!

Rock Chalk!
Kylee
 
Historical Spotlight
Chateau de Chillon – The castle receives more visitors than any other historical building in Switzerland and sits in a stunning location on Lake Geneva. The castle is still in excellent condition and dates from the 11th century. It has undergone modification and enlargement since then. The castle features a tower, courtyards, dungeons and numerous other rooms.
 
Jayhawks’ offense tops Sion Select, 87-22
In its largest margin of victory of the 2016 foreign tour, Kansas women’s basketball improved to 3-0 after defeating Sion Select, 87-22, on Sunday afternoon in Montreux, Switzerland.

The Jayhawks’ potent offense saw 13 different scorers, with redshirt sophomore McKenzie Calvert leading the way, after scoring 14 points. She also registered a steal, an assist and a rebound. With the ball being passed around and equal scoring among the Jayhawks, Calvert was the only double-digit scorer for Kansas.

Senior Caelynn Manning-Allen and sophomore Tyler Johnson each tallied eight points while senior Jada Brown and sophomore Aisia Robertson netted seven points. Johnson ended the afternoon with five boards, second-most on the squad behind senior Sydney Benoit’s seven rebounds.

Up next Aisia Robertson and Jessica Washington share the Jayhawks travel through Italy to Nice, France.
 
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