🏐 Jayhawks Add Szabo, Shaw

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas head volleyball coach Ray Bechard announced the addition of two transfers to the 2020-21 roster Monday. Bechard adds redshirt-junior right side/outside hitter Anezka Szabo from Nebraska and junior outside hitter Paige Shaw from Mississippi State.

Anezka Szabo | Redshirt-Junior | Right Side/Outside Hitter | Sioux Falls, South Dakota

  • Academic All-Big Ten (2018, 2019; Beach-2019)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017; Spring 2019)
  • Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award (2019)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018, 2019)
  • Appeared in 48 sets as redshirt-sophomore in 2019
  • Played in nine matches during her sophomore campaign prior to a season-ending injury
  • Tallied 15 kills and three blocks in her first season as a Husker, and logged 10 kills on .400 hitting in a win over Saint Mary’s on Sept. 2, 2017
  • Ranked the No. 34 overall prospect in 2016 by PrepVolleyball.com
  • Received Under Armour All-America honorable mention in 2016
  • Was a South Dakota first-team all-state selection as a senior after amassing 513 kills, 32 blocks, 56 aces and 347 digs
  • Pronounced β€œah-NESH-kah ZAY-bo”
  • Father, Brett Szabo, played for the Boston Celtics in 1996-97

"Anezka Szabo is a special talent that we recruited heavily during her high school and club career. She will add a great deal of physicality as a blocker and attacker. While at Nebraska she was a very valuable team member during a period where they had a great deal of success. We are elated she will attend the University of Kansas for her last two collegiate seasons."

Bechard on Szabo

Paige Shaw | Junior | Outside Hitter | Hoover, Alabama

  • Played in 107 sets her sophomore season at Mississippi State, finishing with 161 kills and 62 total blocks
  • Tallied a season-high 15 kills against Ole Miss Oct. 4, 2019 and registered four double-digit kill performances in 2019
  • Earned SEC Co-Freshman of the Week honors on October 1 after an 18-kill performance to help MSU defeat Auburn
  • Appeared in 29 matches (96 sets) with 21 starts during her freshman season for the Bulldogs
  • Tallied 258 kills to rank second on the team in kills and ranked third on the team with 42 total blocks in 2018
  • Rated the No. 1 player on the AL.com A-List prior to her senior campaign at Hoover High School
  • Helped the Hoover Buccaneers to the 2016 Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 7A State Championship match
  • Played club for Southern Performance, and led her team to the 17U AAU National Championship

"Paige Shaw is a dynamic six-rotation outside hitter that will elevate the level of athleticism in our gym. She is a very competitive and determined student-athlete that is excited about her opportunity to impact our volleyball program."

Bechard on Shaw