Payne Named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
IRVING, Texas – Sophomore right-side hitter Kelsie Payne was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after career performances that helped lift No. 10 Kansas to become the fastest team in program history to reach 20 wins.
Payne led the Big 12 in offensive production with 37 kills (5.3 kills per set) during wins against two RPI top-40 teams last week – at Iowa State and against Baylor. She led the league on the week in kills per set and points per set (5.64).
Payne’s week started with a career-high 26 kills on Wednesday, helping KU come back from a first-set loss to defeat Iowa State on the road and reach 20 wins. Payne’s 26 kills are the most of any Big 12 student-athlete during league play. The Austin, Texas, native polished off the week with a match-high 11 kills during a dominating straight-set victory over Baylor on Saturday, extending KU’s home winning streak to 17 matches.
Payne ranks second in the Big 12 in both kills per set (4.1) and hitting percentage (.400) this season. She is the only student-athlete at the NCAA Division I level to rank top-50 in both kills (41st) and hitting percentage (24th) nationally.
Payne also took home Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 7 this season.
Kansas (21-1, 8-1 Big 12) returns to action on the road against Baylor on Wednesday at 12 p.m. CT.
Kansas 2015 Big 12 Offensive Players of the Week
Kelsie Payne – Sept. 7
Ainise Havili – Sept. 21
Madison Rigdon – Oct. 5
Ainise Havili – Oct. 12
Kelsie Payne – Nov. 2