KU Volleyball

Ainise Havili’s vision on display as KU bests K-State in five sets

MANHATTAN — After setting up her teammates all day, Ainise Havili nearly took one out of the game. Or perhaps it was the other way around.As the fourth set carried on in No. 12 Kansas' five-set win over Kansas State in Ahearn Field House (25-20, 21-25, 22-25, 25-15, 16-14), Havili and senior ...

KU volleyball closes out nonconference play with win

After suffering a five-set loss to Santa Clara on Friday night, the Kansas volleyball team bounced back Saturday afternoon with a four-set victory over Idaho (25-23, 21-25, 25-15, 26-24) to conclude nonconference play at Leavey Center in Santa Clara, Calif. Senior right side hitter Kelsie Payne ...

KU volleyball swept by Creighton for first loss of season

After picking up wins over nationally-ranked opponents in No. 13 Kentucky and No. 17 Purdue earlier in the week, the No. 7 Kansas volleyball team had plenty of confidence that it could exact some revenge No. 9 Creighton to round out the Kansas Invitational on Saturday at the Horejsi Family ...

Madison Rigdon tallies 1,000th career kill as KU volleyball downs Purdue

Madison Rigdon spiked the ball off a Purdue defender and turned back to her team.She quickly and nonchalantly slapped hands with a pair of teammates. Her stoic expression remained as she returned to her spot on the floor. Rigdon had done that exact thing a countless number of times in ...

Setting a good example: KU’s Havili continues to cherish leadership role

Ever since arriving on the University of Kansas campus as a freshman, senior setter Ainise Havili has never let her grade level determine how she would utilize her leadership skills on the volleyball court.Havili was selected as the Big 12 Setter of the Year in her sophomore and junior ...

Kelsie Payne receives Big 12 offensive player of the week honors

For the second straight week, a Kansas volleyball player was named the Big 12's offensive player of the week, announced Monday. KU senior right side hitter Kelsie Payne earned the honor after averaging 4.8 kills per set in the Wolverine Invitational last weekend in Orem, Utah with a .389 ...

No. 7 KU volleyball overcomes heat, No. 13 Kentucky to move to 7-0

Kelsie Payne walked out of the Kansas locker room and to the hoard of cameras and reporters behind the bleachers in Horejsi Family Athletics Center. Payne and the No. 7 Jayhawks had just finished off their sweep (25-23, 25-20, 25-20) over No. 13 Kentucky, moving to 7-0 and giving them their ...

KU volleyball coasts past Montana, wins Wolverine Invitational

Orem, Utah ? The University of Kansas volleyball team made quick work of Montana in a 25-9, 25-22, 25-16 victory over the Grizzles on Saturday, which secured the Wolverine Invitational title for the ninth-ranked Jayhawks.Three Kansas players were selected to the all-tournament team in sophomore ...

KU volleyball tops Long Beach

Kansas volleyball beat Long Beach State 3-1 on Friday at Lockhart Arena on day two of the Wolverine Invitational (17-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-23).Senior outside hitter Kelsie Payne contributed 20 kills and 3 blocks. This was her third 20-kill performance so far this season. Senior outside hitter ...

KU volleyball sweeps Utah Valley, improves to 4-0

Kansas senior setter Ainise Havili recorded her fourth double-double and the KU volleyball team rolled past Utah Valley in straight sets, 25-20, 25-19, 25-23, on Thursday in Orem, Utah. Havili helped the Jayhawks to a season-high .310 hit percentage with 39 assists, 12 digs and seven kills. The ...

KU volleyball improves to 3-0

Senior Kelsie Payne had 23 kills, 15 digs and five blocks, and Kansas’ volleyball team defeated Missouri State, 25-23, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19, in the Wolfpack Invitational on Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.The Jayhawks also defeated North Carolina State, 26-28, 25-17, 22-25, 25-17, 15-8 to jmprove to ...

KU volleyball wins regular season opener over NC State

One mark of the 2016 Kansas volleyball team was its proclivity to find itself in — and win — five-set matches. Thanks to a key ace by Madison Rigdon, the 2017 version was able to avoid that very thing in its opener.The Jayhawks defeated North Carolina State in four sets (25-20, 25-23, ...

After Big 12 title last season, KU volleyball searching for more

The seniors on the Kansas volleyball team are proud of the banners that the Jayhawks have been able to hang over the past two years, but they're not content.With the Final Four set to be played at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. the No. 8-ranked Jayhawks are well aware that the dots could ...

KU volleyball unveils banner, survives jitters in exhibition sweep over UMKC

Some 20 feet off the back right corner of the court and another 20 feet in the air, the banner representing KU volleyball’s first ever Big 12 championship hung from the ceiling, covered by a thin blue plastic sheet. At its base, an inauspiciously hidden white cord draped down, tucked into the ...

KU volleyball ranked No. 8 in preseason poll

With a powerful senior lineup that includes three All-Americans, the Kansas volleyball team will enter the season ranked No. 8 in the AVCA coaches poll, released Wednesday. The Jayhawks, who have eight seniors, are led by Big 12 preseason player of the year Kelsie Payne, setter Ainise Havili ...

Kelsie Payne repeats as preseason Big 12 player of the year

Kelsie Payne, a senior All-American, was named the preseason Big 12 Player of the Year for the second straight season on Wednesday, voted by the conference's coaches. Payne was the first player in program history to win conference player of the year honors at the end of last season. The ...

KU volleyball adds Arizona State transfer

Looking for more depth in the middle of the court, the Kansas volleyball team added transfer Mmachi Nwoke, KU coach Ray Bechard announced Tuesday in a press release. Nwoke played at Arizona State, registering 54 kills and 45 blocks in her freshman season."The timing couldn't be better for both ...