Position Breakdown: Defensive Specialists
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The position with the most depth entering the 2019 slate for the Jayhawks is the defensive specialists. Four returners, including starting libero Allie Nelson, join newcomer Kennedy Farris.
"There are five quality defensive specialists and it is a pleasant surprise during camp. The late addition of Kennedy Farris has been very helpful in addition to Lacey (Angello), Audri (Suter), Jacqui (Mostrom) stepping up for us. Allie (Nelson) has really separated herself as the libero and is playing at a really good level. "Ray Bechard
Angello played in 27 matches with 20 starts last season, while recording 258 digs and 60 assists. She started the final 19 matches last and was second on the team with 2.37 digs per set.
Mostrom played in all 27 matches with three starts, finishing the season with 95 digs and 15 services aces. Mostrom tallied a career-high 14 digs in the match against Auburn and finished with 10 matches of five-or-more digs.
Nelson returns for her senior season with the Jayhawks and ranks 19th in the Kansas record books in career digs with 928. Nelson led KU in digs and has served as the primary libero the past two seasons. The Chicago, Illinois native had a team-high 3.65 digs per set and posted double-digit digs in 18 matches in 2018.
Suter played in 26 matches with two starts and recorded 97 digs, eight assists and five service aces last season. Suter finished with a season-14 digs in her first career start at Baylor.
Farris joined the Jayhawks shortly before the start of fall camp and was a four-year starter at Lansing High School. She helped the lions to four unbeaten conference season and 143 total wins in her high school career. Farris graduated with a school-record 1,222 career digs and 234 aces.