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2015 Kansas Volleyball: Season in Review

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Jayhawks finish the 2015 season with the highest ranking in program history.

The official Twitter hashtag from KU Athletics for this year's volleyball team was #Unprecedented, and that's exactly what we saw this year.

Kansas set program records for: Wins, Win %, Highest overall ranking, Highest final ranking, Consecutive weeks ranked, Highest RPI, and Farthest advance in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament.

The Jayhawks only lost three games all season, with all three losses coming at the hands of the two teams that played for the championship.

Kansas took a huge step forward this year thanks to the development of the recruiting class from 2014, which at the time was ranked 15th in the country by PrepVolleyball.com.  Those girls will be juniors next fall, which means the near-future for Kansas volleyball looks extremely promising. Included in the junior-to-be class are first team NCAA All-Americans setter Ainise Havili and hitter Kelsie Payne. Payne was the only player in the 2015 NCAA Tournament to make the All-Tournament team who didn't play in the championship match.

In fact, the Jayhawks are losing only three seniors from this year's squad.  Two of those seniors, Anna Church and Ashlyn Driskill, transferred into KU just prior to this season.  Driskill played sparingly, while Church saw time as a service and defensive specialist.

Meanwhile, senior Tiana Dockery became the first player in program history to participate in four NCAA Tournaments.  Dockery saw significant playing time in her junior and senior years.  She leaves a big hole to fill, as she played all the way around - front row and back row.

With Cassie Wait, Tayler Soucie, Janae Hall, and Maggie Anderson all returning as seniors next year to go along with the rest of the squad, the Jayhawks seem to have all the pieces with which to make a run at Texas in the Big 12 and make another Final Four run.

Look for KU to be a fixture in the top-10 for at least the next two years, minimum.  Even though head coach Ray Bechard has brought in some highly regarded prospects over the last two years, it remains to be seen if the Jayhawk volleyball program will be able to develop into a perennial power. At this point, however, you definitely have to like the way things are going over at the Horejsi Center.