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A good time to wear 11: Jayhawks wearing jersey No. 11 shined over the weekend

The 11th month on the calendar always packs powerful potential for sports entertainment on the University of Kansas campus because it’s when the fall and winter seasons overlap.

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Big 12 champs! KU volleyball beats Iowa State for first-ever league title

When coach Ray Bechard walked into the locker room to speak to the Kansas volleyball team he uttered the simplest of post-game remarks to his squad. “We are Big 12 Champs.” By Shane Jackson

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KU volleyball avoids West Virginia’s upset bid; Kelsie Payne injures ankle

The Kansas volleyball team survived a Wednesday night road match with its one-game lead in the Big 12 standings in tact, but it was far from easy and required five sets.

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Eight Kansas volleyball players earn all-conference academic honors

Kansas seniors Maggie Anderson, Tayler Soucie and Cassie Wait, junior Kayla Cheadle and redshirt freshman Patricia Montero received first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors, the conference announced Tuesday. Juniors Ainise Havili, Tori Miller and Madison Rigdon earned second-team recognition.

KU volleyball moves atop Big 12 after beating TCU

Sometimes all it takes is a wake up call. The Kansas volleyball team got the message after dropping the first set to TCU, 21-25. The Jayhawks went on to win the next three sets (25-16, 25-16, 25-17) to extend their winning streak to 11 consecutive matches. By Shane Jackson

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

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.

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Kansas sweats out five-set volleyball victory at Kansas State

Win out and grab at least a share of the school’s first Big 12 volleyball title. That has become the battle cry of a Kansas team that made its first Final Four last fall and is looking to make more history. The battle cry still applies, but the Jayhawks had to sweat out a five-set victory Wednesday night in old Ahearn Field House, a mixture of modern seating, musty charm and hot, stuffy air.

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Kansas natives Cassie Wait and Tayler Soucie key to Jayhawks' dominant volleyball defense

A pair of seniors who competed for Kansas high schools, both recruited by Kansas State, have a lot to do with those numbers. Cassie Wait, a libero, leads the Big 12 with 5.09 digs per set and middle blocker Tayler Soucie is second with 1.37 blocks per set.

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Kansas All-American Kelsie Payne named AVCA National Player of the Week

One day after Kansas junior All-American Kelsie Payne was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year for the sixth time in her career, the American Volleyball Coaches Association selected her as National Player of the Week.

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

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.

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Kansas volleyball returns to No. 4 in AVCA poll

The Jayhawks (20-2) returned to No. 4 in the AVCA poll released Monday in the wake of Saturday’s five-set victory that ended a 25-match losing streak to Texas.

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UT coach Elliott: Kansas victory good for Big 12 volleyball

Asked outside of the team bus about the impact of No. 2 Texas’ five-set loss to No. 6 Kansas Saturday night at Horejsi Family Athletics Center, UT coach Jerritt Elliott had nothing but positive things to say about the team he is now tied with atop the Big 12 standings. By Matt Tait

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KU volleyball notebook: Horejsi helps Jayhawks topple Texas

Asked after Saturday's thrilling victory over No. 2 Texas if they would rather have finally broken through against the Longhorns in Austin, Texas, or in Lawrence, the Kansas volleyball team discussed the role their home fans and wild on-campus arena played in the big win.By Matt Tait

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Sixth-ranked Kansas volleyball knocks off No. 2 Texas in 5-set thriller

It took five sets and traveled through dozens of peaks and valleys, but the Kansas volleyball team finally knocked off Big 12 king Texas in five sets (17-25, 25-11, 27-25, 12-25, 15-10) at Horejsi Family Athletics Center on Saturday night. By Matt Tait

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Red-hot KU volleyball team eager for weekend showdown with No. 2 Texas

Saturday night, at 6:30 p.m. inside rocking Horejsi Family Athletics Center, the No. 6-ranked Kansas volleyball team will get its shot at revenge against No. 2 Texas and the excitement and anticipation leading up to the match is as big as ever. By Matt Tait