KU volleyball upsets #19 Oregon in first round of NCAA Tournament

OMAHA, KS - December 2, 2021 - /vb during a game between the Oregon Ducks and the Kansas...
OMAHA, KS - December 2, 2021 - /vb during a game between the Oregon Ducks and the Kansas Jayhawks at D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha, NE. Photo by Aiden Droge/Kansas Athletics(Aiden Droge | Aiden Droge/Kansas Athletics)
Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 6:51 PM CST
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OMAHA, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas will advance to the second round of the NCAA DI Women’s Volleyball Tournament with a 3-0 sweep over No. 19 Oregon.

The Jayhawks took down the Ducks Thursday 25-21, 25-21 and 25-22.

“We’ve been playing pretty well as of late,” Ray Bechard, KU’s head coach of 24 years, told ESPN after the game. “The pass and serve game was good, had a good scouting report, and maybe got Oregon on a little bit of an off night. But certainly the Jayhawks stepped up to the occasion tonight.”

Caroline Crawford (12 kills, 4 blocks, 3 aces) and Caroline Bien (13 kills, 9 digs) led the way for KU, while freshman Camryn Turner, Seaman High School alum and All-Big 12 setter, had a game-high 30 assists.

“It was a joy to watch,” Bechard said. “We talked a little bit about pressure the last two weekends where we had to win to get in the tournament. Why would we worry about pressure now? I told them to go enjoy it. Very few teams get to experience this. I think the vibe has been really good since our name was put on the board.”

KU will take on No. 14 Creighton in the second round 7:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. The NCAA Tournament bracket is available here.

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