Baylor has been tabbed by Big 12 coaches as the favorite to win the conference title this season, with the Bears returning four starters from a team that likely would have been a No. 1 seed if there had been an NCAA Tournament last spring. In the preseason poll released Thursday, the Bears received seven first-place votes from the coaches, who weren’t able to vote for their own teams. Kansas got the other three first-place votes and was second.
Throughout the past 33 days and seven matches, Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard insisted that all his young team needed to get on track was to close out a match and feel good about themselves again. There’s nothing like knocking off Sunflower State rival Kansas State in four sets (25-11, 25-23, 11-25 and 25-22) to deliver that type of vibe.
It’s easy to remember the big game Christian Braun had against Kansas State last season and to think of that as the highlight of his freshman year. But to do that would be underselling the impact Braun made during his first season with the Jayhawks. Particularly during the Big 12 portion of KU’s schedule.