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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Payne, Soucie reach milestones in comeback win for KU volleyball over Oklahoma

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— Senior middle blocker Tayler Soucie recorded her 500th career block, and right-side hitter Kelsie Payne notched her 1,000th career kill in the Kansas volleyball team's four-set comeback win over Oklahoma Saturday.

The Jayhawks (22-2 overall, 11-1 in the Big 12) dropped the first set, but rallied to win the next three to defeat the Sooners (23-25, 25-23, 25-20, 27-25). The win over the Sooners marked the 10th straight victory for the fourth-ranked Jayhawks.

Payne paced the Jayhawks with 21 kills, and Madison Rigdon joined her in double figures with 15. Soucie and Jada Burse added nine kills apiece in the balanced offensive attack for Kansas.

Three of Soucie's six blocks came in KU's furious rally in the fourth set. The Jayhawks trailed the Sooners, 17-12, but closed the set on a 15-8 run. Ainise Havili served up one the Jayhawks' six aces for match point.

The Jayhawks hold a half-match lead over Texas in the race for the Big 12 title. Kansas will return home to take on TCU at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.

Comments

David Kelley-Wood 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Down 17-12 to a quality team in the 4th set on the road, then going 15-8 to close it out is - wow! So many clutch players with ice water in their veins on this team!

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