No. 9 Volleyball hosts Senior Day on Saturday
|No. 9 Kansas vs. Texas Tech
Horejsi Family Athletics Center
Saturday, Nov. 27, 2015
12 p.m. CT
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No. 9 Kansas will put the final touches on the most successful regular-season in program history when it plays host to Texas Tech on Saturday. First serve is scheduled for 12 p.m., in front of the 12th sold-out crowd at Horejsi Family Athletics Center this season.
The match will be televised locally by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in the state of Kansas and the Kansas City area, and nationally by ESPN3. Audio coverage of the action can be heard online at KUAthletics.com/radio.
• Horejsi Court Rally Towel giveaway
• Senior Day (KU’s three seniors will briefly address the crowd after the match)
• SENIOR DAY: Saturday’s Senior Day will recognize fourth-year senior Tiana Dockery and senior newcomers Anna Church and Ashlyn Driskill. The last four years has been the most fruitful in Kansas volleyball history, netting a .790 overall winning percentage (98-26), a .746 conference winning percentage (47-16), and a .855 home winning percentage (53-9). Four of KU’s top-six winningest seasons have come in the last four years, including a program-record .926 winning percentage this season. Dockery will go down as the winningest Jayhawk in program history and the first to be a member of four NCAA tournament teams all four years with the program. The three Jayhawks and their families will be introduced before the match. After the match, the group of seniors will briefly address the crowd.
• KANSAS-TEXAS TECH SERIES: Kansas leads the all-time series with Texas Tech, 23-16, including a 13-6 mark in Lawrence. The Jayhawks enter Saturday’s match with a 10-match winning streak against the Lady Raiders.
• SECOND IN THE BIG 12: Kansas has clinched sole possession of second-place in the Big 12 Conference standings for the third consecutive season, entering Saturday with a 13-2 conference record. A win on Saturday would place the Jayhawks one match behind of first-place Texas.
• SOLD OUT: Kansas has sold out 12 homes matches this season at Horejsi Family Athletics Center, including seven advance sellouts. The Jayhawks average 1,396 fans per home contest in the 1,300-seat capacity Horejsi Family Athletics Center.
• HOME FINALE: Kansas has won six of its last seven regular-season home finales, including four consecutive. Saturday marks the fourth time Kansas will meet Texas Tech to close its regular-season home schedule; Kansas won the previous three meetings. The Jayhawks are 10-6 in regular-season home finales since Horejsi Family Athletics Center opened in 1999. A Kansas win on Saturday would give the Jayhawks its best home winning percentage in program history.
• NCAA SELECTION SHOW: The NCAA Volleyball Championship Selection Show will air on ESPNU this Sunday at 8 p.m. Central. The teams seeded top-16 in the field of 64 are given priority to host the first and second rounds. The rounds of 16 and eight will be played at four sites – Austin, Texas; Des Moines, Iowa; Lexington, Kentucky; and San Diego, California. The final four will be played in Omaha, Nebraska.
• TOP 10: Kansas remained at No. 9 in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll released on Monday. The Jayhawks have been ranked in the top-25 for a program-record 12-consecutive weeks, including eight-consecutive weeks in the top-10. KU reached a program-high No. 7 ranking on Oct. 19. In the latest NCAA RPI rankings KU is ranked No. 8.
• WAIT DIGS DEEP: Junior libero Cassie Wait recorded36 digs during KU’s four-set win at K-State on Wednesday. It marked the second-most digs ever from a KU student-athlete in a four-set match, and the most in a four-set match during the rally-scoring era (since 2001). Jodi Oelschlager holds the all-time four-set digs record with 37 against Iowa State in 1989. Wait was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Big 12 in digs per set (5.7) last week. This season, Wait ranks second in the Big 12 in digs per set (5.0). The Gardner, Kansas native now has 1,245 career digs to remain in fifth place on KU’s all-time digs list.
• SOUCIE REACHES 100 BLOCKS, AGAIN: Junior middle blocker Tayler Soucie recorded seven blocks at West Virginia last Saturday to reach 100 total blocks for the third consecutive season. Soucie totals 109 blocks this season and 370 blocks in her career, which ranks seventh on KU’s all-time blocks list. In the last two matches, Soucie has recorded 14 total blocks.
• PAYNE TRAIN ROLLING: Four-time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week sophomore right-side hitter Kelsie Payne is the only player at the NCAA Division I level to rank top-50 in the nation in hitting percentage (36th) and kills per set (29th). With 23 kills at K-State on Wednesday, Payne is coming off her fifth 20-kill performance in the last seven matches.
• FOUR-STRAIGHT WEEKLY AWARDS: Wait’s Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week nod is the fourth-consecutive Big 12 weekly honor for KU after sophomore right-side hitter Kelsie Payne earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for three-consecutive weeks.
• HIGH-OCTANE OFFENSE: KU is enjoying the best season in program history as one of the best offensive teams in the country. The Jayhawks rank top-5 in the nation in kills per set (2nd), hitting percentage (4th), and assists per set (2nd). Sophomore setter Ainise Havili ranks second in the nation in assists per set.
• 20-WIN SEASON: The 2015 Jayhawks are the fastest team in program history to reach 20 wins in a season (21 matches), edging 1991’s squad which reached 20 wins in 23 matches. Kansas has reached 20 wins in four consecutive seasons and 15 seasons overall.