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Monday, October 31, 2016

Kelsie Payne named Big 12 Offensive Player of Week for sixth time

Kansas middle blocker Tayler Soucie (10) and Kansas right side hitter Kelsie Payne (8) celebrate a point during the fifth set on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at the Horejsi Center.

Kansas middle blocker Tayler Soucie (10) and Kansas right side hitter Kelsie Payne (8) celebrate a point during the fifth set on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at the Horejsi Center.

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Kansas junior Kelsie Payne earned her second Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week recognition in three weeks and sixth of her career, the conference announced Monday.

Payne averaged 4.62 kills per set and had a .356 hitting percentage and seven blocks for the week in matches against Texas Tech and Texas. In the first match, she had 16 kills without a single attacking error and had 10 digs.

A native of Austin, Texas, Payne was not recruited by her hometown school. She didn't join the Longhorns, but she did beat them Saturday with 21 kills spread out over the five sets.

Payne is closing in on becoming the 15th Kansas player to reach the 1,000-kills milestone, entering Wednesday's 7 p.m. match at Kansas State with 967 kills.

In other volleyball news, first serve for the TCU-Kansas match in Horejsi Center on Nov. 12 has been set for 4 p.m.

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