Saturday turned out to be a big day for KU volleyball.
The Jayhawks took care of business at home, taking care of TCU in four sets. Kansas actually dropped the first set to the Frogs, but it wasn’t because of a slow start, as KU led most of the way. TCU hung around and did enough late to take it, but after that, it was all Jayhawks. Kansas made the necessary adjustments and began to block seemingly everything while at the same time Madison Rigdon took over offensively.
Honestly, the final three sets weren’t all that close. After the wake-up call that was the first set, KU absolutely dominated, which is something we have been seeing more of lately out of Kansas. It couldn’t come at a better time, either, with only three regular-season matches left before the NCAA Tournament begins.
In addition, Texas lost on Saturday to Iowa State, meaning the Jayhawks are a game ahead of the Longhorns in the loss column. Should KU win out, they will win the Big 12 outright. The last team to win the Big 12 not named Texas was Nebraska in 2010, and the last current Big 12 member not named Texas to win the conference was (surprise!) K-State in 2003. In fact, since the formation of the Big 12 in 1996, K-State is the only school not named Nebraska or Texas to win the conference in volleyball.
I know I for one will be happy to take that away from the Wildcats, and with only three matches left, KU is in great shape.
And if you haven’t ordered your RCT KU Volleyball T-shirts yet, do it now! Kansas is well positioned for a great seed in the NCAA Tournament; if they win out, they will definitely be a host site for first and second round play and will have a great shot at hosting a Regional (Sweet 16/Elite 8).
Kansas travels to West Virginia on Wednesday, Nov 6, before returning home for Senior Night next weekend vs Iowa State on Saturday, Nov 19.
You can listen to both matches for free online at KUAthletics.com/radio. Additionally, the matchup against Iowa State will be available on the Jayhawk Television Network and ESPN3 (but subject to local blackout).