Kansas Volleyball Selected for 10th NCAA Tournament


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Courtesy of Kansas Athletics

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas Jayhawks are headed to the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament for the 10th time in program history. KU will head to Omaha, Nebraska to take on the Oregon Ducks in the first round. The match will take place on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m. CT in the D.J. Sokol Arena.

Kansas finished the regular season 16-11 overall and 8-8 in Big 12 play. At 8-8, Kansas finished tied for third in the 2021 Big 12 standings along with West Virginia and Iowa State. Texas (15-1) finished first followed by Baylor at 14-2. In their final series of the regular season, the Jayhawks swept Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas by scores of 3-1 and 3-2, to secure a bid in the tournament.

“Well, we’re thrilled to be a part of it, it’s certainly a select group. We’re thrilled that there are seven teams from the Big 12. I think that speaks to the level that our league played at this year. And we’re excited about representing the University of Kansas and the Big 12 as we move forward.”


Kansas is one of seven Big 12 teams to go dancing this year, including No. 2 Texas, No. 7 Baylor, West Virginia, Iowa State, Texas Tech, and Kansas State.

The Jayhawks are headed to the tournament for the first time since the 2017 season, which concluded a six-year run of tournament appearances. During that run, the Jayhawks had their longest postseason run, a Final Four appearance in 2015.

No. 19 Oregon finished the season 22-8 overall and 13-7 in the Pac 12. Oregon finished up their regular season in similar fashion to the Jayhawks, taking down their in-state rival, the Oregon State Beavers. Oregon defeated Oregon State 3-0 on Friday, Nov. 26 on enemy territory.

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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 2021 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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