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Saturday, August 29, 2015

KU volleyball wins twice

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— Kansas University’s volleyball team picked up wins over McNeese State and Arkansas on Saturday in the Arkansas tournament to stay perfect at 3-0 on the season.

The Jayhawks began the day by sweeping McNeese State (25-9, 25-14, 25-10) in straight sets before edging Arkansas, 3-1 (21-25, 27-25, 25-15, 25-15), in the nightcap to win the tournament.

Sophomore Kelsie Payne had a team-high 11 kills in KU’s victory over McNeese State, while sophomore setter Ainise Havili dished out 32 assists.

Payne was joined by junior Tayler Soucie and sophomore Madison Rigdon with double-digit kills in the Jayhawks’ comeback win over the Razorbacks. Payne led the way again with 19, and Soucie and Rigdon recorded 15 and 13, respectively.

Havili tallied 48 more assists and chipped in defensively with 14 digs. Junior Cassie Wait, libero/defensive specialist, totaled 32 digs Saturday to pace the Jayhawks.

KU will return home for the Kansas Invitational for matches against Western Illinois and Duke on Friday before taking on Missouri-Kansas City on Saturday.

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