KU Volleyball

Plans for a new KU volleyball home pushed back a year

Kansas volleyball's plans to open a new arena in 2018 have been pushed back a year. Associate athletic director Jim Marchiony told the Journal-World that the volleyball portion of a $350 million fund-raising campaign to upgrade KU athletics facilities, including Horejsi Family Athletics Center, ...

Tough Ending: KU volleyball falls to Missouri in five sets

WICHITA — It was three years ago when freshmen Kelsie Payne and Ainise Havili took the floor together in their first NCAA tournament together. Kansas was the 16-seed, playing host to Arkansas Little Rock, and it was the third straight time Ray Bechard’s team had made its way to the ...

Missouri-KU clash leading to reunion for KU volleyball’s Taylor Alexander

Taylor Alexander needed KU just like KU needed Taylor Alexander. As the Jayhawks took the floor in the first round of the 2016 NCAA tournament, they had every reason to want to make a statement. Despite winning their first Big 12 title in program history, they were seeded fifth overall. Texas, ...

Havili again named Big 12’s setter of the year

For the third straight season, Kansas senior Ainise Havili was chosen as the Big 12's Setter of the Year by the league's coaches, announced Monday. She was one of five KU volleyball players to earn all-conference honors. Havili, from Fort Worth, Texas, is the only player in Big 12 history to be ...

Kansas faces Missouri in first-round NCAA volleyball tournament match

Athletes who assemble for NCAA tournament selection-show watch parties tend to stay pretty close to the script. First-round matchup appears on the TV screen and the players cheer, sometimes in hollow fashion.Yet, Sunday night in the Naismith room in Allen Fieldhouse, nothing felt scripted about ...

‘Didn’t want to cry’: KU volleyball falls short on Senior Day

The cheers, clapping and tears after the match were to be expected.Mele Havili, mother of KU senior setter Ainise Havili, strolled the sideline. Fans approached her simply to tell her how much they appreciated her daughter. The holdovers in Horejsi Family Athletics Center chatted amongst ...

At your service: KU volleyball littles prepare for senior day

Tori Miller never expected to be here — in just about every sense.The senior defensive specialist never expected to play Division I volleyball. She also never expected to be staring down the barrel of a senior day, let alone one at which she'll be honored."Every senior night, like, we never ...

Kelsie Payne preparing for program history on KU volleyball’s senior day

Kelsie Payne's first successful swing on Saturday will bring about an anticlimactic conclusion to one of the most momentous achievements of her career.Payne, who along with fellow seniors Tori Miller, Kayla Cheadle, Ainise Havili, Madison Rigdon and Addison Barry, helped KU achieve its first ...

Payne ties KU’s kills record, Jayhawks top Texas Tech

Kansas All-American senior Kelsie Payne tied the program's career kills record and the volleyball team ended a two-game losing streak with a four-set road victory over Texas Tech at United Supermarkets Arena, 27-25, 25-14, 22-25, 25-22. Senior Madison Rigdon had a team-best 19 kills, while ...

KU volleyball swept at Texas

Madison Rigdon returned to the court for the first time in three games, but the Kansas volleyball team was swept by second-ranked Texas (25-23, 25-22, 25-16) on Wednesday at Gregory Gymnasium. The Longhorns (22-2, 14-0 Big 12), who posted a .337 hitting percentage, clinched at least a share of ...

‘Wake up’: KU volleyball swept by Baylor, ‘ripped’ in locker room

As the No. 11 KU volleyball team huddled, Larry Hare sprung into action.Midway through the first set of No. 23 Baylor’s sweep over the Jayhawks (25-17, 25-21, 25-18) at Horejsi Family Athletics Center on Saturday, the Bears challenged a point in the midst of what would become a 7-1 run. The ...

Little by little: KU volleyball shuffles rotation, defeats K-State in four sets

Addison Barry and Allie Nelson couldn’t help but smile.As the two best friends and littles — back row players — on the No. 11 KU volleyball team stood together outside the locker room following a four-set win (14-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-22) over K-State, they simply started to laugh.Barry, ...

KU volleyball tops TCU in four sets

Playing without All-American outside hitter Madison Rigdon, the Kansas volleyball team rolled past TCU in four sets Saturday (25-23, 25-17, 18-25, 25-17) at University Recreation Center. The 12th-ranked Jayhawks improved their record to 20-4 overall, 9-2 in the Big 12, the sixth straight season ...

KU volleyball falls to Iowa State

The Kansas volleyball team had its six-match winning streak snapped Saturday in a four-set loss to No. 22-ranked Iowa State (25-18, 25-19, 19-25, 25-23) at Hilton Coliseum. The No. 11-ranked Jayhawks dropped the first two sets, watching the Cyclones (16-4, 7-3 Big 12) produce a .356 hit ...

KU volleyball cruises past Texas Tech

Madison Rigdon recorded 14 kills and the Kansas volleyball team rolled past Texas Tech on Saturday for a straight-set victory (25-22, 25-18, 25-14) at Horejsi Family Athletics Center. Rigdon posted a .407 hit percentage while Kelsie Payne added eight kills and Mmachi Nwoke had six. Setter ...

KU volleyball sweeps Baylor

The Kansas volleyball team earned its program-record fourth win of the season against a ranked opponent, cruising past No. 24-ranked Baylor (25-14, 25-22, 25-14) on Wednesday at Ferrell Center.The No. 11-ranked Jayhawks (17-3, 6-1 Big 12) own a 4-2 record against teams ranked inside of the Top ...

Keegan: KU volleyball’s loss to Texas a learning experience

It’s always better to win than lose. It feels better. Your supporters head home happy. Your confidence soars. It always beats losing. Always.But some losses are bigger deals than others. For example, it would have been a bigger deal had Kansas lost to Texas in Horejsi last season than losing ...