The rising Kansas Jayhawk volleyball program finally notched a victory over Big 12 bully Texas in thrilling five-set fashion, 17-25, 25-11, 27-25, 12-25, 15-10.
The short recap goes like this: the first set was hard-fought, Kansas possibly came out tight. They rebounded in the second set and absolutely pummeled Texas. In the third set, KU had a decent early lead, and held on late. In the fourth set, not sure what happened. Texas clearly wasn’t going to just let KU take the match. But the fifth set was all KU.
If you want an actual recap of the action, I’m going to refer you over to Matt Tait’s post on KUSports.com while I continue editorializing.
Texas had won 25-straight matches against Kansas prior to Saturday night. The Jayhawks hadn’t beat Texas since 2003, but picked up their fifth-ever win against the Longhorns.
This was a HUGE step for a surging Kansas program. KU had finished second in the Big 12 to Texas each of the past four years. Now, both programs have identical 9-1 conference records, so the race is on. If either team stumbles, the other will likely win the conference.
Kansas proved it could compete with anyone when the Jayhawks knocked off top-ranked Southern Cal to advance to the Final Four last year. The Texas win on Saturday night only reinforces that the Jayhawks aren’t a one-year wonder.
Kansas still has all of its goals in front of it: a conference title, a Final Four, and even a national championship.
Up next, KU will travel to Manhattan on Wednesday evening for a matchup with K-State.