Sports update


Soccer entered its Nov. 6 Senior Day match against Iowa State ranked No. 12 in the country, thanks in large part to senior midfielder Ceri Holland, who was named National Player of the Week and Big 12 Player of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal in the season opener against Texas. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Peters recorded her 21st career shutout in the match, earning the Big 12’s first Goalkeeper of the Week award. …

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Ceri Holland  | Photo courtesy KU Athletics

Volleyball coach Ray Bechard on Oct. 29 won the 400th match of his 23-year KU career with a four-set victory over Kansas State in Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena. “It means I’ve been living my dream job for a long, long time,” Bechard said afterward. … Freshman Kara Church won the 1,000-yard freestyle at swimming and diving’s first dual meet—a 187-122 victory Oct. 17 over TCU—and followed that with a victory in the 500 free. …

A highlight of the fall tennis season was a second-place finish Oct. 25 at the ITA Central Regional Championship by junior Malkia Ngounoue. She earned a spot in the final with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over TCU’s Mercedes Aristegui, but lost the final in three sets to Missouri’s Bronte Murgett. … Track and field opens its indoor season with the Dec. 6 Bob Timmons Challenge. … Women’s basketball is set to tip Nov. 25 in Allen Field House against Northern Colorado. … Udoka Azubuike, c’20, on Oct. 30 recorded a 37-inch vertical leap, the highest mark among centers in the history of the NBA’s pre-draft combine.