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Kansas Volleyball defeats Iowa State Cyclones in 5 sets, clinches first ever Big 12 title.

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Despite missing star junior Kelsie Payne, Kansas closes out a tough Iowa State squad to clinch at least a share of the Big 12 championship.

KU Volleyball Final Four Omaha
KU Volleyball Final Four Omaha

On Senior Day, the Jayhawks gave their departing stars the best gift possible: the first Big 12 championship in school history.

A big thanks to the Kansas Volleyball Twitter account (@KUVolleyball) for their help on this recap.

First Set

Kansas was without one of their stars, who was out with an injury suffered in the last match with West Virginia:

Iowa State jumped out to a quick lead and stayed ahead for most of the first set, but couldn't quite pull away from the Jayhawks:

After Iowa State took an 18-15 lead, Madison Rigdon took charge and powered Kansas to a set victory:

Second Set

Iowa State got off to a hot start again, but Kansas battled back quickly to take charge:

There wasn't much in the way of attractive volleyball in the second set, with multiple errors and defensive plays galore:

Kansas finished off the set and you could hear the excitement for what looked like a commanding Kansas victory:

Third Set

This set was all Iowa State, and I'll let the tweets speak for themselves:

Fourth Set

Iowa once again jumped out to the early lead, but Kansas came right back to set up a hotly contested 4th set:

Kansas took another lead in the set thanks to Rigdon:

But Iowa State quickly retained the lead and then traded points the rest of the way:

Fifth Set

Kansas finally gets off to a good start:

Iowa State went on a bit of a run, and you could hear the tension, even over the radio:

But Kansas came out of the timeout on a tear, and they ride that wave of emotion to the victory:

I wasn't able to get good audio of the senior speeches, but I'll see what I can do. For now I'll leave you with this: