KU Volleyball

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 ...

No. 11 Jayhawks ‘outplayed,’ ‘outhustled’ and ‘outworked’ in win over OU

Ray Bechard couldn’t hide his emotions.As he walked to the media tables following No. 11 KU volleyball’s match against Oklahoma, the coach's eyes were fixed on the floor. He shook his head, wearing an expression bordering on despondence. What he saw was unacceptable. “Got outplayed. Got ...

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 ...

Ainise Havili nearing program history as Texas match looms

When Ainise Havili checked the record books as a freshman, that number — 4,772 — never really seemed within reach.Now, barring a dramatic turn of events, the senior setter will not only pass that mark, but shatter it. “It’s weird,” Havili admitted. “I can’t believe it.”Entering ...

KU volleyball tops Oklahoma

Kansas’ volleyball team improved to 5-0 in the Big 12 with a 25-18, 25-19, 24-26, 25-11 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday night in Norman, Okla.Kelsie Payne led the Jayhawks with 13 kills, and Ainise Havili had 46 assists and 14 digs.KU, 16-2 overall, will host Texas on Wednesday night.

Havili named Big 12 player of the week

For the second time this season, Kansas senior setter Ainise Havili was named the Big 12's Offensive Player of the Week, announced Monday. Havili led the 11th-ranked Jayhawks (14-2) to conference wins against Iowa State and TCU with 12.38 assists per set and a .302 hitting percentage. Against ...

Ainise Havili’s play, hustle leads No. 11 KU volleyball to sweep over TCU

After a pair of intense, hard-fought matches to open Big 12 play, No. 11 Kansas volleyball wasn’t letting this one go five sets — or four, for that matter. Ahead by four points in what would be the final set, senior Ainise Havili tracked after a ball toward center court. Havili, who just ...