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Tough Ending: KU volleyball falls to Missouri in five sets

It was three years ago when freshmen Kelsie Payne and Ainise Havili took the floor together in their first NCAA tournament together. Kansas was the 16-seed, playing host to Arkansas Little Rock, and it was the third straight time Ray Bechard’s team had made its way to the tournament.

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Missouri-KU clash leading to reunion for KU volleyball's Taylor Alexander

Melanie Crow and Taylor Alexander have shared the court before — as teammates. The two will be on opposite sides as the NCAA tournament begins. By Scott Chasen

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Havili again named Big 12's setter of the year

For the third straight season, Kansas senior Ainise Havili was chosen as the Big 12's Setter of the Year by the league's coaches, announced Monday. She was one of five KU volleyball players to earn all-conference honors.

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Kansas faces Missouri in first-round NCAA volleyball tournament match

Nothing felt scripted about the huge roar from the Kansas volleyball players when their first-round NCAA tournament match appeared on the screen. The spontaneous celebration gave those not watching the screen a pretty good guess as to the opponent: Missouri.

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'Didn't want to cry': KU volleyball falls short on Senior Day

The cheers, clapping and tears after the match were to be expected. There was only one thing missing. By Scott Chasen

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At your service: KU volleyball littles prepare for senior day

Although the trio of Ainise Havili, Madison Rigdon and Kelsie Payne will headline KU's senior day, senior back-row players Addison Barry and Tori Miller have also left their mark on the program — oftentimes with their serving. By Scott Chasen

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Kelsie Payne preparing for program history on KU volleyball's senior day

Kelsie Payne's first successful swing on Saturday will bring about an anticlimactic conclusion to one of the most momentous achievements of her career. By Scott Chasen

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‘I’m here now’: How KU volleyball’s Taylor Alexander honors, preserves memory of late teammate

Before transferring to KU, Taylor Alexander hit her lowest point. This is the story of how she learned to stop blaming herself for what happened. By Scott Chasen

Payne ties KU's kills record, Jayhawks top Texas Tech

Kansas All-American senior Kelsie Payne tied the program's career kills record and the volleyball team ended a two-game losing streak with a four-set road victory over Texas Tech at United Supermarkets Arena, 27-25, 25-14, 22-25, 25-22.

KU volleyball swept at Texas

Madison Rigdon returned to the court for the first time in three games, but the Kansas volleyball team was swept by second-ranked Texas (25-23, 25-22, 25-16) on Wednesday at Gregory Gymnasium.

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‘Wake up’: KU volleyball swept by Baylor, ‘ripped’ in locker room

It's possible no one on the KU volleyball team took care of business on Saturday with more urgency than a member of the KU Athletics staff. That left coach Ray Bechard with a bitter taste in his mouth after the match against Baylor. By Scott Chasen

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Little by little: KU volleyball shuffles rotation, defeats K-State in four sets

Addison Barry and Allie Nelson started to laugh as they looked back at each other outside the KU locker room. After surviving a hard-fought match against K-State, the two had plenty of reasons to smile. By Scott Chasen

KU volleyball tops TCU in four sets

Playing without All-American outside hitter Madison Rigdon, the Kansas volleyball team rolled past TCU in four sets Saturday (25-23, 25-17, 18-25, 25-17) at University Recreation Center.

KU volleyball falls to Iowa State

The Kansas volleyball team had its six-match winning streak snapped Saturday in a four-set loss to No. 22-ranked Iowa State (25-18, 25-19, 19-25, 25-23) at Hilton Coliseum.

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No. 11 Jayhawks 'outplayed,' 'outhustled' and 'outworked' in win over OU

Ray Bechard couldn’t hide his emotions. As he walked to the media tables following No. 11 KU volleyball’s match against Oklahoma, the coach's eyes were fixed on the floor. He shook his head, wearing an expression bordering on despondence. What he saw was unacceptable. By Scott Chasen

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