Tuesday, October 13, 2015

KU’s Ainise Havili is national player of week


She may be in just her second season of college, but Kansas University setter Ainise Havili already has made quite a name for herself both on the national volleyball circuit and among some of KU’s all-time greats.

Tuesday, Havili was recognized as the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week, making her the fourth Jayhawk all-time to win the national honor, joining Caroline Jarmoc (2012), Karina Garlington (2008) and Josi Lima (2005).

Havili earned the honor by leading the unbeaten and ninth-ranked Jayhawks (17-0) to sweeps over Texas Tech and Iowa State.

During those matches, Kansas recorded a .326 hitting percentage, with Havili leading the charge with a 12.3 assists-per-set average, tops in the Big 12.


Kansas sophomore Ainise Havili (11) makes a set as Iowa State's Monique Harris readies herself to make a block during their volleyball match Saturday afternoon at the Horejsi Center. The Jayhawks swept the Cyclones, 3-0, to remain a perfect 17-0 on the year. The tenth ranked Jayhawks will next face Baylor on Wednesday evening in Waco.

For good measure, the Fort Worth, Texas, native also added four aces and six kills on 14 errorless swings.

Already armed with a pair of Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors (Sept. 21 and Oct. 12), Havili is the quarterback of a Kansas offense that leads the nation in kills per set (15.4) and hitting percentage (.323).

The Jayhawks, 5-0 in Big 12 play, will put their unbeaten streak — the longest in school history — on the line at 7 p.m. tonight against Baylor (13-5, 1-3) in Waco, Texas.

KU returns home Oct. 21 for a 6:30 p.m. clash with Oklahoma (7-10, 1-4) at Horejsi Family Athletics Center.


Gerry Butler 2 years, 9 months ago

been following the ladies for the past 4 yrs or so and have to say the women are getting to that very high level, very impressed with this years squad, and still pretty young. So many weapons on the offensive side Payne is a beast, Soucie, Dockery plenty of support just looks very solid. One match at a time ladies continue to take care of business, you represent the university very very well looking awesome, starting a big stretch got Iowa State down, now Baylor not even going to mentioned the next 2 but doing great ROCK CHALK LADIES you should feel very proud of yourselves, now go get them

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