The Kansas volleyball team (1-0) opened up its 2015 season with a bang, sweeping Army (0-1) in three sets (25-14, 25-14, 25-20).
Senior outside hitter Tiana Dockery hammered out 15 kills over the match. Sophomore right-side hitter Kelsie Payne added 11 kills for the Jayhawks. Sophomore setter Ainise Havili paced the Kansas squad with 33 assists.
On defense, junior libero Cassie Wait led the Jayhawks with 16 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Madison Ridgon followed her up with nine digs.
“I was really happy with the way we came out first and foremost in the first set," coach Ray Bechard said on KUAthletics' postgame radio show. "The first two sets were really clean. Third set got a little bit like volleyball does, some unpredictable bounces, calls don’t quite go your way. We got a nice stretch there late in the third game to put it away.”
Dockery, Payne, Havili, Ridgon, junior middle blockers Janae Hall and Tayler Soucie rounded out Kansas' starters. Wait served as Kansas' libero for the entirety of the match.
Both senior transfers Ashlyn Driskill (outside hitter) and Anna Church (defensive specialist) saw game time, with Driskill adding two kills and one dig.
Next up for Kansas is McNeese State. The Jayhawks face the Cowgirls Saturday at 1 p.m. After that match, Kansas faces Arkansas at 7 p.m.