Fun Kansas fact of the day: Sarah Rome, an outstanding outside hitter for the Jayhawks in the mid-2000s and a Minnesota native, once told me her parents NEVER missed a match of hers - it's 475 miles from Minneapolis to Lawrence, KS!
Head coach Ray Bechard always tried to schedule a match near each one of his players' hometowns, and did that for Rome in '03 when they played the University of Minnesota in a tournament in Minneapolis. I'm sure the Romes appreciated the fact they didn't have to travel to Kansas or anywhere else for that matter to attend that match. I believe KU won in 5 against the Gophers.
From a journalistic perspective, Rome was a great player and teammate. I hope she is doing well now.