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Hey Ma, guess what? KU volleyball stars Havili, Payne earn All-America honors

Kansas University sophomores Ainise Havili and Kelsie Payne on Wednesday were named first-team All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. By Matt Tait

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Janae Hall wins Elite 90 Award at NCAA Volleyball Final Four

Janae Hall, a junior at the University of Kansas, is the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2015 NCAA Volleyball Championship. Hall, majoring in Film & Media, currently carries a 3.95 GPA and has started all matches for the 9th-ranked Jayhawks.

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Coaches connection: KU volleyball coach Ray Bechard, Nebraska coach John Cook longtime friends

In 1998, Ray Bechard moved to Lawrence to become the head coach of the Kansas University volleyball program. Two years later, just up the road in Lincoln, Nebraska, John Cook took the reins at Nebraska. From that day on, for the next 13 years, Bechard and Cook had at least two showdowns on the volleyball court every year as members of the Big 12 Conference and now the two are reuniting at the Final Four in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Fourth-seeded Nebraska sizes up semifinal match-up with Kansas volleyball

The Nebraska Cornhuskers, seeded fourth and owning a 30-4 record, were the first team to take the podium at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, on Wednesday. Here's a quick look at some of their responses regarding Thursday's 8:30 p.m. semifinal showdown with No. 9 overall seed, Kansas (30-2).

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Hey Ma, guess what? KU volleyball stars Havili, Payne earn All-America honors

Kansas University sophomores Ainise Havili and Kelsie Payne on Wednesday were named first-team All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. By Matt Tait

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Three mid-year football transfers make KU commitments official

Months of hard work and pavement pounding began paying off early Wednesday morning, when Kansas University football coach David Beaty announced the signing of a handful of mid-year junior college transfers. By Matt Tait

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Pollard will be in Omaha to cheer Kansas

A pair of tickets to the 2015 NCAA Volleyball Final Four have been reserved for one of Kansas University’s biggest, make that tallest, volleyball fans — Scot Pollard. By Gary Bedore

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Kansas kids: Soucie, Wait provide Sunflower spirit

There were more than a couple of reasons why Kansas University juniors Cassie Wait and Tayler Soucie made sure to seek each other out as quickly as possible after surviving the dog pile that followed last week’s Elite Eight victory over top-seeded USC that earned KU the school’s first trip to the Final Four. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Kansas’ Husker faces the Huskers

To most, the Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball players look about the same as a decade ago, which is to say big and powerful, skilled and savvy. For Lincoln, Nebraska native Maggie Anderson, reserve setter for the Final Four-bound, 30-2 Kansas University volleyball squad, her view of them has changed. They have gone from idols to rivals. By Tom Keegan