With a season record of 9-17 and only one nonconference win played outside of Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena, the University of Kansas volleyball team looks to bounce back this season. The team’s hitting percentage was just 0.184 for the season, and as a team, KU had 50 more serving errors than its opponents. In its strong conference, KU finished in the bottom four teams. After graduating Zoe Hill, Jacqui Mostrom, Allie Nelson and Ashley Smith, Coach Bechard has reloaded with seven freshmen, including outside hitter Ayah Elnady from Cairo, Egypt, and transfers Anezka Szabo and Paige Shaw. Szabo had success at Nebraska as a blocker and attacker, while Shaw played in 107 sets as a sophomore at Mississippi State finishing with 161 kills and 62 blocks. These players will join returning senior setter Sara Nielsen, junior middle blocker Rachel Langs, sophomore middle blocker Gracie Van Driel and sophomore libero Kennedy Farris. Get your Kansas Jayhawks women's volleyball tickets at StubHub.
Where does the Kansas Jayhawks women's volleyball team hold its home competitions?
In 2019, the Kansas Jayhawks women's volleyball team played its first matches in the brand-new Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena on the KU campus in Lawrence. The 30,000-square-foot arena features a Taraflex playing surface, hospitality mezzanine with loge seating overlooking center court and a new Hall of Fame corridor to improve the fan experience at KU.
Have the Kansas Jayhawks ever played in the NCAA Tournament?
Coach Ray Bechard has led Kansas volleyball to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, most recently in 2017 when it made its sixth straight tournament appearance. KU appeared in the tournament in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The team’s highest finish was in 2015 when No. 9 KU beat No. 1 USC in five sets to advance to the NCAA Championship Semifinal. Nebraska defeated Kansas 3-1 in the semifinal round.
Who are the notable players from recent KU Jayhawks volleyball teams?
Kelsie Payne, Madison Rigdon and Ainise Havili all received AVCA All-American honors in 2017 with Havili being named AVCA Region Player of the Year. Zoe Hill, Rigdon, Payne and Havili were named to the AVCA All-Region Team also in 2017. Cassie Wait (2016-2017) was named Kansas City Sports Commission Sportswoman of the Year.
Which matchups in the Big 12 are key for the University of Kansas Jayhawks women's volleyball program?
Has the University of Kansas Jayhawks volleyball team won a conference championship?
Kansas volleyball won its first and only Big 12 conference regular-season title in 2016. The Jayhawks finished the season with a record of 27-3 and a conference record of 15-1. The team finished the year ranked 12th in the AVCA. Coach Ray Bechard was named conference Coach of the Year for the fourth time in five years. Kelsie Payne was named Big 12 Player of the Year, Cassie Wait was selected as Libero of the Year and Ainise Havili earned Setter of the Year honors in the conference.
Where can I get tickets to KU volleyball both at home and away?
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