KU Volleyball

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 ...

Tom Keegan: Selection committee biggest loser in NCAA volleyball tournament

The NCAA volleyball tournament resumes Friday with Sweet 16 matches and without Kansas. Send your letters of thanks for that to members of the selection committee for a job horrendously done.Even if you wrongheadedly grant the committee a pass for giving Big 12 second-place finisher Texas a ...

KU volleyball falls short in five-set, NCAA Tournament loss to Creighton

The closer a team comes to winning only to lose, the tougher it is to digest.It’s difficult to imagine a team in any sport coming much closer to victory only to fall just short than Kansas did in the second round of the NCAA volleyball tournament Friday in Horejsi Center.Creighton survived ...

Creighton volleyball coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth grew up a KU fan

Win or lose in tonight’s second-round NCAA tournament volleyball match against Kansas, 14th-year Creighton volleyball coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth knows what’s on the family play list for the holidays.“At Christmas, on my mom’s side, we do Christmas Carols and one of the Christmas ...

Bluejays expect scrappy Jayhawks in Round 2 rematch

A lot has transpired in the world since Creighton’s volleyball team faced another one of the nation’s best, Kansas, on a Thursday night in September. So sophomore Bluejays outside hitter Jaali Winters gets a pass for not recalling many of the finer details of the last meeting between the ...

Jada Burse makes NCAA volleyball tournament debut memorable in sweep of Samford

Kansas swept its way into the second round of the NCAA volleyball tournament Thursday night in Horejsi Center, but the coach on the receiving end of the broom didn’t sound overly impressed with the Jayhawks.Samford, a private school from Homewood, Ala., that plays out of the Southern ...

KU volleyball sweeps Samford in NCAA Tournament opener

A year after the program’s first trip to the Final Four, Kansas volleyball opened up the 2016 NCAA Tournament Thursday night with a three-set sweep of Samford on the Jayhawks’ home floor at Horejsi Family Athletics Center.Freshman Jada Burse put away a team-high 14 kills for KU (27-2) and ...

Kansas volleyball happy to be playing at home sweet Horejsi

The road to Columbus, site of the NCAA women’s volleyball Final Four, starts Thursday for Kansas in a 6:30 p.m., first-round match against Samford at Horejsi Center.By the time the Jayhawks take the court, they will know which September opponent they will play in a rematch Friday, either ...

Kansas volleyball a fifth-set phenom since 2015 Elite Eight match

Match point, Kansas up 14-13 vs. No. 1 seed USC, the winner advancing to the Final Four.KU coach Ray Bechard flashed the hand signals to let Cassie Wait know that he wanted her to serve it to Zone 5, the right corner, where national player of the year Samantha Bricio stood.Wait followed orders ...

Kelsie Payne named Big 12’s Player of the Year

After leading the Kansas volleyball team to its first Big 12 title in program history, junior outside hitter Kelsie Payne was picked as the conference's Player of the Year, highlighting a long list of Jayhawks to earn postseason honors, announced Monday. Payne is the first KU player in program ...

KU volleyball clinches outright Big 12 title in 5-set win

Waco, Tex. ? It took another five-set match, but the No. 4-ranked Kansas volleyball team clinched sole possession of the Big 12 Conference title with a thrilling road victory against Baylor on Saturday, 25-20, 25-15, 16-25, 22-25, 15-9. After winning the first two sets, the Jayhawks saw the ...

Admiration for Ainise: Havili leads KU volleyball in many ways

The Kansas volleyball program continues to reach new heights, clinching its first-ever Big 12 title Saturday.One of the biggest reasons for the Jayhawks’ success is their do-it-all, All-American setter Ainise Havili. Kansas coach Ray Bechard called Havili, “the heart and soul of our ...

Soucie earns Big 12 honor

University of Kansas senior middle blocker Tayler Soucie was named Big 12 co-Defensive Player of the Week after leading KU to its first Big 12 volleyball title and extending the fourth-ranked Jayhawks’ winning streak to 13 matches. It is Soucie’s fourth career Big 12 weekly honor.Soucie had ...

A good time to wear 11: Jayhawks wearing jersey No. 11 shined over the weekend

The 11th month on the calendar always packs powerful potential for sports entertainment on the University of Kansas campus because it’s when the fall and winter seasons overlap.Even by November standards, a stretch of slightly less than 24 hours starting Friday night and ending Saturday ...