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Saturday, September 17, 2016

KU volleyball sweeps Southeastern Louisiana

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— Kansas’ volleyball team swept Southeastern Louisiana in its final nonconference match of the regular season Saturday in Purdue’s Stacey Clark Classic.

The Jayhawks (11-1) claimed a 25-15, 25-17, 25-12 victory and returned to the victory column following their loss to Purdue on Friday,

KU was led by a balanced offensive attack of nine kills from freshman Jada Burse and junior Madison Rigdon, while senior Tayler Soucie and junior All-American Kelsie Payne contributed eight kills each. KU’s eight team blocks and a match-high 17 digs from senior libero Cassie Wait helped hold Southeastern Louisiana (1-11) to a hitting percentage of -.011.

“I thought we performed pretty well today,” KU coach Ray Bechard said. “The hitting efficiency left something to be desired and certainly that is something we are going to have to clean up prior to Wednesday. But we served well and was pretty physical at the net at times and I really like us when we went on some long runs. That was good to see.”

Kansas opens Big 12 play at home at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Oklahoma.

KU setter Ainise Havili and outside hitter Rigdon were named to the all-tournament team.

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