KU Volleyball

Kansas volleyball defeats UMKC in exhibition match

The Kansas volleyball team opened the 2018 season with a four-set exhibition victory over UMKC Saturday afternoon at Horejsi Family Athletics Center. In the win, the Jayhawks were led by junior outside hitters Patricia Montero and Ashley Smith, who combined for 37 kills on a .394 hitting clip. ...

Jayhawks excited for start of fall sports

For the first time in awhile, the Kansas volleyball team will have a new setter this season. Ainise Havili, who netted three consecutive Big 12 Setter of the Year honors, has since graduated. Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard, who spoke to reporters at Fall Sports Media Day on Thursday in ...

KU athletic department content with equipment policies in wake of UNC suspensions

The recent suspension of 13 North Carolina football players who sold exclusive, team-issued Jordan III shoes has college athletic departments across the country, including at the University of Kansas, on high alert. “You don’t have to be a Jordan school to be alerted,” said Jim ...

KU volleyball promotes former setter to assistant coach

Kansas volleyball head coach Ray Bechard has promoted director of operations Maggie (Anderson) Bowen to assistant coach for the 2018 season. Bowen replaces former assistant coach Kelly Files, who resigned for personal reasons after coaching spring practices. "With the comfort level that our ...

KU volleyball coach Ray Bechard pleased with new AD

Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard did his homework on his new boss. As soon as Kansas hired Jeff Long as the university’s new athletic director, Bechard reached out to people that have worked with Long. Bechard heard nothing but positive things about his new athletic director, which he saw ...

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 ...