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Kansas Volleyball places 3 on Preseason All-Big 12 Team

Kelsie Payne named Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year.

Junior Kelsie Payne has been selected as the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, the first time ever that award has gone to a Kansas Jayhawk.

Senior Taylor Soucie and junior Ainise Havili joined Payne on the Preseason All-Conference team.

Last year, Payne was a key cog in KU's Final Four run.  Her postseason honors included first team All-American, first team All-Big 12, and NCAA All-Tournament team.

Havili was also a first team All-American last year.

It's the third year in a row that Soucie has been named in the preseason awards, and each of the past two years she has finished the season on the All-Big 12 First Team.

The Preseason All-Conference team names 15 players but doesn't delineate first, second, or third team.  (Why 15, I don't know).  Texas led the way with five; Kansas had the next-highest with three.  Iowa State and Oklahoma each had two.

With five returning starters, the Jayhawks look to make another run at a Final Four in 2016.  The Big 12 coaches poll is expected to be released on Thursday; it will be interesting to see if KU takes any first-place votes away from Texas.  Both squads are loaded and it should be a fun two-team race for control of the Big 12 this fall.