Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Kansas volleyball wins in Ames for second year in a row, 3-1


— Kansas has won more volleyball matches against Iowa State in Ames in the past 49 weeks than it had in the previous 10 years.

KU (14-2 overall, 3-1 in the Big 12, ranked No. 6 nationally) defeated the Cyclones, 3-1, Wednesday in Hilton Coliseum.

For the second year in a row, All-American Kelsie Payne led the Jayhawks to victory in Ames, this time with 18 kills, 16 digs, eight blocks and a .318 hitting percentage.

Payne’s all-around play enabled Kansas to bounce back from a first-set loss and prevail, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-19.

"Kelsie took the match over in the last set-and-a-half," Kansas coach Ray Bechard said. "Sixteen digs is a number that jumps out at you. She just took over and was very aggressive the last two sets. That's exactly what we need her to be."

Before Payne’s 26-kill night led Kansas to a four-set victory in Ames last season, the Jayhawks had won just once (2013) in their previous 10 tries in Ames.

Junior Ainise Havili, like classmate Payne, a first-team All-American last season, also had a big night Wednesday and contributed 37 assists and 18 digs. Senior libero Cassie Wait sparked the defense with 23 digs and KU held the Cyclones to a .143 hitting percentage.

Senior Tayler Soucie, a two-time, first-team Big 12 selection, and freshman Zoe Hill each contributed seven blocks from the middle blocker position.

"I was happy with the fact that we didn't play offensively at all, but we found a way to win," Bechard said. "Our blocking stepped-up. You look at Zoe with seven, Payne with eight, Soucie with nine. That was huge."

Kansas next plays Saturday at Horejsi Center at 4 p.m. vs. Texas Tech.

Iowa State (8-7, 1-3) resumes its schedule Saturday at first-place Texas.


Don Everett 4 years, 1 month ago

Way to go ladies!! It was great getting to watch you on TV. Keep up the hard work!!

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