Kansas Volleyball Earns 11th NCAA Tournament Berth

Via Kansas Athletics

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas Jayhawks are headed to the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament for the 11th time in program history and second consecutive time. KU will head to Lincoln, Nebraska to take on the seventh seeded Miami Hurricanes (19-10) in the first round. The match is set for Thursday, Dec. 1 at 4:30 p.m. CT in the Devaney Center.

Kansas ended the regular season 18-10 overall and 8-8 in Big 12 play. At 8-8, Kansas finished fifth in the 2022 Big 12 standings. Texas (15-1) won the league, followed by Baylor (12-4), TCU (11-5) and Iowa State (10-6).

The Jayhawks are headed to the tournament for the second consecutive season. In 2021, Kansas went to the Sweet 16 after defeating Creighton in 3-1 in Omaha, Nebraska in the second round. It was the first time since 2015 Kansas made a Sweet 16 appearance.

No. 7 Miami finished the season 19-10 overall and 12-6 in the ACC. Miami finished their regular season at home in Coral Gables, Florida and was swept by Florida State 3-0. The loss in the finale to the Seminoles snapped a six-match winning streak for the Hurricanes, who picked up wins during the streak against No. 10 Georgia Tech, Duke and two wins apiece against Clemson and Syracuse.

Similar to Kansas, Miami is making its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Last year, Miami made the postseason for the first time since 2017 and advanced to the second round, before falling to Florida. Miami is coached by Jose β€œKeno” Gandara.

Kansas is one of five Big 12 teams to be selected for the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks are joined by No. 1 Texas, TCU, No. 6 Iowa State and No. 4 Baylor.

Television information for the first-round match against the Hurricanes will be announced later this week.

“It took awhile for our name to come up, last bracket, but we were confident that it was going to happen. It is a reflection of the work this team has put in and the staff. Started last summer, throughout this fall and culminates with an NCAA tournament bid. We’re excited to represent the University of Kansas, the Jayhawks and the Big 12 Conference.”

HEAD COACH RAY BECHARD

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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