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.
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.