Volleyball's Top-10 Pictures of 2015

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As the 2016 calendar year approaches, KU Athletics staff photographer Jeff Jacobsen takes a look back at 2015 by hand-picking his top-10 images that defined Kansas Volleyball’s unprecedented season:

PrepVolleyball.com National Coach of the Year Ray Bechard is doused with water during the locker room celebration after No. 9-seed Kansas defeated No. 1-seed USC, 3-2, in the NCAA Championship regional finals. The win advanced KU to its first-ever Final Four appearance.

First-Team All-American setter Ainise Havili led the Jayhawks to a program-record .299 hitting percentage (fourth in the nation) and 15.1 kills per set (second in the nation).

KU played in front of 14 sell-out crowds at Horejsi Family Athletics Center this season.

The emotion was palpable at Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego after KU’s comeback to defeat No. 1-seed USC and advance to the program’s first-ever Final Four. The Jayhawks trailed 13-9 in the fifth set before going on a 6-0 run to clinch the victory.

“Trust in your sister to your left and your right,” was a mantra during the 2015 season that started during preseason training.

All-Big 12 Second Team performer Madison Rigdon flies for an attack during the Sweet 16 against Loyola Marymount.

First-team All-American right-side hitter Kelsie Payne’s attack was nearly unstoppable during the 2015 season as she set a program record for total kills (496) and led the Big 12 in kills per set (4.4). She recorded a 30-inch vertical during KU’s NCAA semifinal match against Nebraska – the highest of any player during the Final Four.

The only three losses that Kansas (30-3) suffered this season were against the two teams that played for a national title – Texas (pictured) and Nebraska.

PrepVolleyball.com All-American libero Cassie Wait digs deep to save a ball during KU’s miraculous comeback against No. 1-seed USC.

Senior outside hitter Tiana Dockery prepares to swing against Nebraska in the Final Four, played in Omaha’s CenturyLink Arena. Dockery became the first Jayhawk to play in four NCAA tournaments during all four years of her collegiate career.