ESPNU Appearance Highlights Jayhawk Volleyball Television Slate

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Record sell-out attendance numbers and three-straight seasons of hosting the NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds makes a compelling case for tuning in to watch Kansas volleyball. Thanks to continued television coverage, tuning in gets easier all the time.

 The dynamic duo of Jill (Dorsey) Hall and Leif 
Lisec are back on the sidelines for every broadcast.The highlight of Kansas’ expansive television schedule this season is a national appearance on ESPNU. That takes place when the Jayhawks travel to Ames, Iowa, for a showdown against preseason No. 21 Iowa State. For the third-consecutive season, every Kansas volleyball home match will air on ESPN3, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel or both. Kansas Athletics’ partnership with Time Warner Cable and ESPN3 brings fans closer to the Jayhawks with each passing season. Now in its third year, the volleyball broadcasting crew has hit its stride in connecting with fans and putting together a high-caliber broadcast. TWCSC’s Leif Lisec provides the play-by-play voice, while former KU standout Jill (Dorsey) Hall is the experienced color analyst.
“What a great platform to give those Jayhawk fans that can’t be in attendance a way to watch the action,” head coach Ray Bechard said. “The telecasts are so well done. If you can’t be there, it’s the next best thing. They give you a pretty vivid picture of the energy in the gym. We are fortunate. Leif is as good as it gets from the play-by-play side, while Jill has been there, done that and has so much expertise. They complement each other so well.”
ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app will exclusively air KU’s matches in the Kansas Invitational, when the Jayhawks take on Western Illinois (9/4), No. 25 Duke (9/4), and UMKC (9/5). ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app also will exclusively air two of KU’s matches during the Jayhawk Classic: South Dakota State (9/18) and Gonzaga (9/18).
The Jayhawks play host to Missouri State on Sept. 19, kicking off the final string of nine home matches – all of which will air across the state on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. That slate includes Kansas State (9/23), No. 3 Texas (11/11), No. 21 Iowa State (10/10) and Oklahoma (10/21), which proved to be the Jayhawks’ most memorable home match of the year in 2014. KU rallied from a late deficit and stormed back for a five-set win on Senior Day.
“I hear great things about it as the season goes on,” Bechard said. “But even in the offseason, when I run into people that I don’t usually see, they’ll stop me and say, ‘Hey we saw you on TV. That was awesome, great win.’ So I get to relive those moments even after the season is over.”

Friday Sept. 4 Western Illinois 11:30 a.m. ESPN3
Friday Sept. 4 Duke 7 p.m. ESPN3
Saturday Sept. 5 UMKC 4 p.m. ESPN3
Friday Sept. 18 South Dakota State 12 p.m. ESPN3
Friday Sept. 18 Gonzaga 6:30 p.m. ESPN3
Saturday Sept. 19 Missouri State 7 p.m. TWCSC*
Wednesday Sept. 23 Kansas State 6:30 p.m. TWCSC*
Saturday Oct. 3 West Virginia 1 p.m. TWCSC*
Saturday Oct. 10 Iowa State TBA TWCSC*
Wednesday Oct. 21 Oklahoma 6:30 p.m. TWCSC*
Saturday Oct. 31 Baylor TBA TWCSC*
Wednesday Nov. 11 Texas 6:30 p.m. TWCSC*
Saturday Nov. 14 TCU 1 p.m. TWCSC*
Saturday Nov. 28 Texas Tech TBA TWCSC*

*Also available on ESPN3
Kansas will officially open the season against Army at the Arkansas Tournament in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Aug. 28-29. The Jayhawks will also face McNeese State and host, Arkansas, over the course of the weekend. The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund contributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.