Payne named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
IRVING, Texas – For the second-straight week, Kansas took home Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors as senior All-American right-side hitter Kelsie Payne was chosen for the award on Monday afternoon. Last week, senior All-American setter Ainise Havili was honored.
Payne was named MVP of the Wolverine Invitational, averaging 4.80 kills per set on a .389 hitting percentage as Kansas worked its way to a 6-0 start for the third-straight season. Payne started the tournament with 18 kills – the most by a Big 12 player in a three-set match this season – on a .516 hitting percentage in just three sets against Utah Valley on Thursday. She notched her third 20-kill performance of the season with 20 kills against Long Beach State on Friday, adding eight digs and three blocks. On Saturday, Payne contributed 10 kills, six digs and two blocks in KU’s sweep of Montana.
The Austin, Texas, native leads the Big 12 in kills per set (4.65) and points per set (5.13).
KU’s sweep over No. 13 Kentucky on Monday will be included in next week’s Big 12 Player of the Week considerations.
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