The Kansas Jayhawks women's volleyball team earned a big win this past Wednesday where they upset No. 19 Iowa St. Cyclones three games to two. It looked like Kansas was going to go out and sweep Iowa State as they won the first two sets 25-19 and 25-16.
Iowa State picked up their game to tie the game at two games apiece by winning 25-23 in boh sets, and forced a fifth and final set to 15 points. Kansas was able to step up their game to win the final set 15-9.
Kansas was led by freshman outside hitter Tiana Dockery who recorded her second career double-double with 14 kills and 15 digs. Overall, their attack was balanced as middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc and outside hitter Sara McClinton each had 14 kills, and Catherine Carmichaeladded contributed with 13 kills of her own.
Kansas head coach Ray Bechard discussed the upset victory:
"We were really good the first two sets and then fought hard in the third and fourth. We didn't make one glaring mistake, just some little things that kept us from finishing it out," Bechard said after the win. "You have a team like Iowa State, that's been in the Elite Eight the last two or three years, they are going to come back at you. But boy, what a great response.
We got on a nice run with Bri (Brianne) Riley serving. That was good volleyball. That was really good volleyball. I hope the fans understood that it was pretty high level and obviously I'm excited. I wish we hadn't been out there for two hours and 15 minutes; an hour and a half would have been better, but in the end maybe that will help us too."
Kansas now improves to 2-0 in Big 12 play and are 14-2 on the year, and up next for Kansas is a road trip on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 5:30 p.m. CT, where they travel on the road to take on West Virginia.