KU volleyball signs seven

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Kansas University volleyball team has signed seven recruits to replace its seven graduating seniors, KU coach Ray Bechard announced Friday.

The recruits, who signed letters of intent this week, are: defensive specialist Addison Barry (Topeka Hayden), defensive specialist Claire Carpenter (Rockwall, Texas), middle blocker Kayla Cheadle (Columbia, Mo.), setter Ainise Havili (Fort Worth, Texas), defensive specialist Tori Miller (Derby High), middle blocker Kelsie Payne (Austin, Texas) and outside hitter Madison Rigdon (Pflugerville, Texas).

“As all Jayhawk volleyball fans know, we have a very large class that is departing,” Bechard said, “so we need a very quality — not only in numbers, but also in each position — class to come in.

“Obviously the setter position was a need, middle blocking is a need, we’re losing a lot of quality DS’s and we needed some help on the pins — so we needed some help everywhere. We found the roster we need to replace the group that’s leaving.”