LAWRENCE (KSNT) – KU volleyball freshman Addie Barry spent several years on volleyball courts in Topeka but she’s never played at the Kansas Expocentre.
Barry and the Jayhawks get that opportunity on Friday, and possibly Saturday, for the NCAA volleyball regional at Landon Arena.
“I’m so excited I have a big fan crowd and everything but the focus is how we play and not who is there,” Barry said. “I’m still really excited to play in front of family and friends and everything.”
The Kansas Expocentre is host to the Class 5A/6A volleyball tournaments each year but Barry traveled to Salina for the Class 4A tournaments with the Hayden Lady Wildcats.
She was a standout volleyball and soccer player at Hayden where she earned last year’s Centennial League MVP award in volleyball. Barry was named to the all-state squad as a junior and senior. Plus, she was a Scholar Athlete of the Week as well.
“That’s pretty cool,” Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard said. “When we recruited her we didn’t tell her we would come over to the Expocentre and play. She’s excited and she’s done many great things in her high school career in Topeka and it’s kind of cool to see that transition into her college career.”
Barry appeared in every match this season for the Jayhawks and she is ready for the opportunity to play in her hometown.
“Oh yeah for sure,” Barry said. “I think we’re all really excited to be playing in a great atmosphere because our fan base is absolutely incredible it will be so much fun but also keeping the focus on what we can do on the court is a big thing we’re working on too.”
16-seed Kansas begins the NCAA Regional on Friday against Arkansas-Little Rock at 6:30 p.m.