Headlines 2017
PINNED  Cats for Cans Match
Wednesday, Nov. 22 is the date of Volleyball's annual Cats for Cans match, with canned food being collected for the Flint Hills Breadbasket. Bring a canned food item and receive a $3 discounted ticket.
November 15, 2017  K-State loses to #19 Baylor
K-State's results in Waco varied considerably by set. The Cats had a strong second set, but ultimately the match ended with scores of (KSU-BU): 14-25, 25-20, 16-25, 19-25.

K-State had low hitting percentages in sets one (–.125) and three (.094), while the winning second set came in at a solid .286. The team has struggled with consistency in offense. Macy Flowers led with 13 points and 7 kills, hitting .000. Brynn Carlson had 11 points and 8 kills, hitting .133. Kylee Zumach had 7.5 points and 8 kills, with .156 hitting. It was great to see Cheyenne Hooper on the court! She had 5 points and 4 kills, and hit 1.000! Sarah Dixon had 23 assists, and Brooke Smith had 16 assists.

Baylor had some ridiculous numbers on offense. Yossiana Pressley led with 24.5 points and 24 kills, hitting .347. Tola Itiola hit .778. Hannay Lockin hit .714. Baylor led in hitting, .264 to the Cats' .123.

The Cats will finish at home, with OU on Nov. 18 and WVU on Nov. 22. Rob Voelker mentioned a new tournament this season, which might offer an opportunity for K-State.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .123 42 56.5 10.5 53
Baylor .264 59 68.0 7.0 67
November 14, 2017  62 Honored on Academic All-Big 12 Volleyball Team
K-State Volleyball consistently does well in academics. Nine Cats are represented on the 2017 All-Big 12 Team. Here are the Big 12's release and K-State's release. Cats with First Team honors are: Sarah Dixon, Macy Flowers, Zsofia Gyimes, Elle Sandbothe, Alyssa Schultejans, Bryna Vogel and Peyton Williams. Cats who made the Second Team are Devan Fairfield and Kylee Zumach. First Team honors are for 3.200+, and Second Team honors begin at 3.000. Finally, here's a PDF of Big 12 Volleyball Players you want helping you with your homework.
November 11, 2017  Kansas State loses to TCU in five
As we've seen numerous times this season, the Cats have played an opponent very close, and ultimately lost. Tonight's loss was by two points in set five (or three points for the win). Set scores (KSU's first) were: 25-22, 14-25, 20-25, 25-17, 14-16. Kansas State dropped to 9-17, 2-11 (Big 12) for the season, has won 1 of the past 12 matches, and now sets at the bottom of the Big 12 standings. Kansas State's next opponent, Baylor in Waco, beat KU tonight, thereby moving into 2nd place in the Big 12.

Kylee Zumach led with 19.5 points and 18 kills, hitting .239. Alyssa Schultejans had 14.5 points and 11 kills, hitting .118. Both Peyton Williams and Macy Flowers had 11 points, and Elle Sandbothe had 9.5 points. Sarah Dixon had 37 assists. Zumach and Schultejans had double-doubles, and Peyton Williams just missed having one.

Macy Flowers had a nice evening on blocks, with 8 assists, and Elle Sandbothe had 7. Reilly Killeen led in digs, with 18, Devan Fairfield had 12 and Kylee Zumach had 9.

The Cats gave their fans high hopes after a 25-17 win in set four, and were extremely close to winning the match, but the 9 tied scores and 3 lead changes in set five ultimately ended in favor of the Froggies. Hitting .160 isn't going to win many matches. Hang in there, Cats!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .160 52 70 13 68
TCU .181 61 83 14 75
November 9, 2017  Abigail Archibong, Holly Bonde and Gloria Mutiri sign
K-State Volleyball has announced signing three new players for the 2018 season.

  • Abigail Archibong is a 6' 1" OH/MB from Shawnee, where she played for Mill Valley High School and Club North. At Mill Valley, she lettered three years, her team went to sub-state, and this past season, she was named First Team All-Conference. Abby was named Offensive Player of the Year and Best Teammate. Coach Fritz reports that she is a quick learner, and very driven to improve. Here's her highlights video.

  • Holly Bonde is a 6' 2" OH from Minooka, Illinois and Minooka High School. She recorded 3 kills/set as a senior, and hit a spectacular .450! Her team was runner-up in the state tournament in 2016. Coach Fritz says she is well-rounded and athletic, has filled many roles and has faced strong competition. Here's a brief highlights video.

  • Gloria Mutiri is a 6' 2" OH from Sand Springs, Oklahoma. She played for Charles Page High School. She was named to the Under Armour High School All-America Second Team. She was named All-State, and Volleyball Player of the Year by the Tulsa World. Suzie says Gloria has a fast arm, is explosive, and can score and block. She has strong leadership and communication skills. Here's her highlights video.
November 8, 2017  Kansas State loses to the #11 Squawks in Four Sets
Any self-respecting K-State fan is steamed when we lose to KU, but in fairness, K-State played the poultry very, very close. For example, in terms of earned points (excluding opponent errors), K-State outscored KU 61 - 58 in the loss. KSU: kills (47 pts.), service aces (8 pts.) + blocks (6 pts.) = 61 points.   KU: kills (48 pts.), service aces: (3 pts.) + blocks (7 pts.) = 58 points.

KU surpassed KSU in points from kills, 48 to 47, and in points from blocks, 7 to 6. KSU had an edge in service aces, 8 to 3. KU had a slight edge in hitting percentage, .196 to .182. Ultimately, KU led in set points over the four sets, 89 to 83.

Kylee Zumach, in her junior season, recorded kill number 1,000 this evening, as well as a double-double. According to the media guide, Kylee's only the 18th K-State player with 1,000 kills, and she did it in part of three seasons!

On offense, Kylee led with 16 points and 15 kills, hitting .286. Bryna Vogel had 10 points and 8 kills, hitting .194. Elle Sandbothe had 7.5 points, 7 kills and .286 hitting. Macy Flowers had 7.5 points, 6 kills and .294 hitting. Good job by the Cats on service aces, leading KU 8 to 3 in that category.

On defense, Reilly Killeen led with 20 digs, and Bryna Vogel added 18. Blocks were distributed among the team. Peyton Williams, Brynn Carlson and Macy Flowers each had 3 block assists.

The first set was impressive, with KSU outscoring KU 25-14, and outhitting KU .243 to .000. The Cats played KU strong in sets two and four, also, losing 21-25 in set two, and 22-25 in set four.

Very unfortunately, Bryna Vogel suffered apparently a serious injury in set four. She was in considerable pain, and was assisted off the court. Tonight's match may well mark the end of Bryna's excellent K-State career, which included Second Team All-Big 12 in 2016. I wish her the best in recovering from this accident, and extend my thanks and admiration for a very fine career as a Wildcat.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .182 47 61 6 64
KU .196 48 58 7 66
November 1, 2017  Cats within five points of beating #3 Texas
Kansas State pushed Texas to five sets tonight, giving both teams a match to remember. The Cats won the first two of five in a 25-21, 26-24, 18-25, 15-25, 11-15 outcome, leaving Texas atop the conference standings, and moving K-State to the bottom. With six Big 12 matches to play, there is a very reasonable chance that Texas will go undefeated in the Big 12 in 2017.

The Cats would not be intimidated by the national powerhouse. They were playing with great focus and determination, taking a team with only two season losses to within four points in set five.

Kylee Zumach led with 21.5 points and 19 kills. Bryna Vogel had 12.5 points and 11 kills, on strong .290 hitting. Peyton Williams and Macy Flowers had 10.5 points, 9 kills and .217 hitting. Brynn Carlson had 9 points and 8 kills. Elle Sandbothe had 7.5 points and 7 kills. Sarah Dixon had 30 assists, and Brooke Smith had 26, along with an ace. Texas led with hitting, .264 to .192.

On defense, digs were distributed perhaps more than usual: Bryna Vogel with 19, Reilly Killeen with 18, Sarah Dixon with 12, Devan Fairfield with 9 and Brooke Smith with 6. Texas outblocked K-State 14 to 6.5, which certainly was a factor in the win. Macy Flowers, Kylee Zumach and Peyton Williams each had 3 block assists.

Regardless of anything else, the Cats' fans walked out of Ahearn Field House tonight feeling very proud of their performance!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .192 63 74.5 6.5 79
Texas .264 71 88.0 14 90
October 28, 2017  Texas Tech prevails 3-2 in Lubbock
I'm starting this recap with some simple research I did tonight. The Cats fell to TTU tonight, 18-25, 25-17, 25-17, 23-25, 12-15, dropping to 9-14 overall. Six matches remain, with two of those vs. #3 Texas and at #11 KU. If you call four remaining matches wins, 13 wins won't get you in the NCAA tournament, especially with our current RPI of 100.

OK... here's the point. Five of the Cats' losses were sooo close! Arkansas: 2-point loss, Georgia Tech: 2-point loss, KU: 2-point loss, WVU: 3-point loss, TTU: 2-point loss. Add five more wins to nine wins, and you're at 14-9, with six matches left to play, and four reasonably winnable. This is one of those seasons that just got away from us. In his post-match interview, Coach Grove focused a great deal on a lack of consistency. Look at the hitting percentages from today's match: .067, .159, .341, .119, .261. That's kind of all over the place.

Here are numbers from today vs. Tech: The Cats had 83 points. Tech had 66. The Cats hit .179, and Tech hit .100. The Cats had 19 blocks, and Tech had 7. The Cats had 109 digs, and Tech had 100. The Cats had 60 kills, and Tech had 52. Why on earth didn't we we win that thing???

Kylee Zumach led with 18.5 points and 12 kills, for a double-double. Macy Flowers had a fine night, with 16 points and .381 hitting. Brynn Carlson had 15 points and 11 kills. Peyton Williams had 13 points, .269 hitting and 10 kills, for a double-double. Bryna Vogel had 12.5 points and 12 kills, for a double-double. Sarah Dixon and Reilly Killeen each had 29 digs.

Macy Flowers led in blocking, with 12 block assists + 1 single, for 7 points to add to her 9 kills. Add to that her .381 hitting, and I'm calling it a blockbuster night for her!

Brynn Carlson was next with 8 block assists. Kylee Zumach had five assists + a single. Peyton Williams had four assists + a single.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .179 60 83 19 109
TTU .100 52 66 7 100
October 25, 2017  #22 Iowa State gets by K-State
This was one that just got away, as Iowa State (15-4) won it in three, 25-18, 26-24, 25-23 in Ahearn tonight. Iowa State was strongest in the first set, as they hit an excellent .364, to the Cats' .235. K-State kept every set score respectable, losing sets two and three by only two points, but never had a leading score until set three.

Only Kylee Zumach had double-digit scoring, recording a double-double with 12 points and 10 kills. Coach Fritz talked about Iowa State's excellent defense in her postgame. Brynn Carlson added nine points and nine kills, with good .273 hitting. Macy Flowers had 6.5 points and six kills, with .250 hitting. Peyton Williams' six points came from outstanding .400 hitting. Ultimately, ISU hit only .226, and KSU hit an unimpressive .182.

K-State, coming off 18 blocks in a five-set match vs. West Virginia, was held to four blocks tonight, and Iowa State wasn't much better, with six. No Cat had more than two block assists. Reilly Killeen led with 16 digs, helping K-State to a 56 - 50 advantage on team digs.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .182 36 44 4 56
ISU .226 44 56 6 50
October 21, 2017  Cats outblock, outhit and outscore WVU, but lose in five
Great things happened in this match, but the home team unfortunately prevailed, 16-25, 25-19, 25-22, 19-25, 15-11. The Cats left with 76 points to West Virginia's 72, but we all know that how points are distributed is what ultimately counts. I wasn't able to follow the match, except via tweets, as I was in the Octagon at the MBB hurricane benefit, and Football was on the radio. Here's the official recap.

K-State started strong, winning set one 25-16, hitting .292 to WVU's .071, and with 58% sideouts to WVU's 37%. West Virginia would turn the tables in set two, hitting .290 to the Cats' .250, and recording 80% on sideouts.

I don't know what on earth took place in set three. (Well, obviously there were lots of errors.) According to the box score, KSU hit –.029 and WVU hit –.022, with poor sideout numbers for both teams, but WVU won it 25-22.

But... K-State caught fire in set four, hitting .500, with 84% sideouts, with a set score of 25-19.

Peyton Williams led with 16 points, from 8 block assists, 12 kills and .375 hitting! Kylee Zumach had 13.5 points and 9 kills; however, she was not hitting at a high percentage. Bryna Vogel was next with 12 points and 11 kills. Macy Flowers had 11 points, from 8 block assists + 1 single. Ellie Sandbothe contributed 10 points, from 6 block assists + 1 single, and 5 kills.

Have I mentioned that K-State had 18 blocks, to WVU's 6? Bryna Vogel had 13 digs, Reilly Killeen had 13, and Sarah Dixon had 10. Sarah, with 26 assists, brought home a double-double, as did Bryna Vogel.

Keep fighting, you K-State Wildcats. We love you, and we'll be there for you!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .220 51 76 18 55
WVU .133 60 72 6 69
October 14, 2017  #25 Baylor 3, K-State 1
A fine crowd of 2,532 turned out for Pack the House Night 2017, after a bizarre day of Football, with three lightning delays. The TCU Football game, supposed to kick at 11:05 a.m., didn't start until 2 p.m., and 03:56 of lightning delays probably exhausted many fans who would have made the Volleyball turnout even better. The Volleyball outcome was 22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 11-25.

I said numerous times during this match that Baylor has a very good Volleyball team. Coach Fritz agreed postgame, saying, "They're really, really good. "They've got three great pin hitters. [Shelly] Fanning is really good in the middle, as well. They are very balanced offensively and they play really, really fast." Time after time, the Cats would send a really nice attack over the net, and somehow Baylor would dig and pass and save the play. Baylor is now 16-4, 6-1 in the Big 12, and in second place behind Texas.

The Cats had some players who were very efficient on offense. Peyton Williams led with 14.5 points, 11 kills and awesome .476 hitting. Kylee Zumach had 14 points, 13 kills and excellent .303 hitting. Macy Flowers had 10 points, 8 kills and .273 hitting. Bryna Vogel had 8 points, and Brynn Carlson had 7.5. The Cats ended the evening with only .209 hitting, however. Brooke Smith had 25 assists, and Sarah Dixon added 18.

Peyton was solid on blocking, with 5 assists and a single. Her 3.5 blocks accounted for half of the Cats' 7 blocks, while Baylor had 10. Bryna Vogel had a big night on digs, leading with 22, and Reilly Killeen had 16. Baylor had 71 digs, to KSU's 66.

Here's the highlights video. In conclusion, although set four was lopsided, the Cats were very competitive in the other three sets, winning one, and losing two sets by only three points. The Cats have a week off, before a trip to Morgantown.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .209 50 62 7 66
Baylor .297 64 80 10 71
October 11, 2017  #23 Cyclones sweep the Cats in Ames
I don't know what to make of this. The Cats hit .015 vs. Iowa State. In fairness to the team, Iowa State statistically has the best defense in the Big 12. The Cats, 17 days ago, took a Top Ten KU team to five sets.

The Cats' defense was competitive in digs, as Sarah Dixon had 17, Brooke Smith had 16, Bryna Vogel had 15 and Reilly Killeen added 11. Brooke Smith had a double-double, with her 16 digs and 11 assists, along withe two aces.

We all know about Hilton Magic, and this was our Cats' 10th straight loss in Ames. On the other hand, K-State has beaten Iowa State five straight in Ahearn. Let's turn out and be ready for their return visit on October 25!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .015 23 29 3 74
ISU .241 50 60.5 8.5 79
October 7, 2017  Cats beat Texas Tech in Five Sets / Wildcat Block Party
We've had some close ones with TTU, although the Cats had two sweeps in 2016 and 2015. In 2014, however, there was a sweep and a 3-2 win. Today some good things happened, in a 25-15, 23-25, 17-25, 25-18, 15-11 outcome.

Bryna Vogel led the offense with 21 points and 16 kills, hitting .324. Peyton Williams had some awesome plays. She had 15.5 points, 11 kills and excellent .474 hitting! Kylee Zumach was next with 14.5 points, 11 kills and excellent .345 hitting. Brooke Smith had 27 assists, and Sarah Dixon had 19.

Now to the block party. Two matches back, vs. Texas, the Cats recorded 0 blocks. This afternoon, they had 18, beginning strong in set one. How strong? K-State held Texas Tech to .000 hitting in set one, and to .163 for the match. Bryna Vogel had 8 block assists, and 1 single. Peyton Williams had 7 block assists, Elle Sandbothe had 5 assists and 1 single, and Macy Flowers had 4 assists.

Meanwhile, TTU prevailed in digs, 85 to 79. Reilly Killeen led with 26 digs, Devan Fairfield had 14 and Sarah Dixon added 13. Kylee and Brooke had 8 digs each. Sarah Dixon's 13 digs and 19 assists = 1 double-double for her!

The Cats face a tough one at #20 Iowa State (11-3, 2-2) on Oct. 11. While opponents must never underestimate Iowa State in any sport, their fans will be even more fired up after today's Football win over #3 Oklahoma. Or... maybe they'll be overconfident.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .214 57 79 18 79
TTU .163 63 75 8 85
October 4, 2017  Frogs prevail in a hard-fought match
This four-set match took longer than the five-set battle royal against KU in late September, which can be explained by the set scores of 30-18, 17-25, 29-31, 21-25. The Cats were certainly competitive, but at times let TCU put together strings of points (or get a deciding set point). Set one, with a score of 30-28 in favor of the Cats, foretold what was to come.

Bryna Vogel led with 20.5 points and solid .275 hitting. Kylee Zumach added 17.5 points, hitting .244. Brynn Carlson had a good match, with 10.5 points, hitting .308. Setters Brooke Smith and Sarah Dixon had 24 and 22 assists. Unfortunately, some players were less productive on offense, even while having some great moments. A bright spot was 7 service aces.

On defense, K-State, unable to get a single block vs. Texas, tied TCU at 12 blocks for the match, and was in range of TCU in digs, 80 to 88.

K-State has played some excellent teams close this season. I'm not giving up on them. Let's have a good crowd in Ahearn at 1 P.M. on Oct. 7.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .189 57 76 12 80
TCU .255 71 87 12 88
October 4, 2017  Dixon, Smith Growing in Ability to Run 6-2 System
Corbin McGuire's Sports Extra released today is focused on a change to using two setters, Sarah Dixon and Brooke Smith. Over the previous four seasons, All-American Katie Brand virtually never came off the court. K-State played 119 sets in 2016, and Katie was on the court in all of them. Brand had 1341 of the Cats' 1562 assists, and our other setter, Kylie Penning, had 0. Sarah was in her redshirt season, so this divided duty for setters is new. As the season has progressed, so has the team's offensive effectiveness.
September 30, 2017  Texas defeats K-State in Three
Hopefully some good experience was gained from this match. Our Cats recorded 0 blocks. Kylee Zumach led with 15 points from 14 kills and .270 hitting. Alyssa Schultejans had 8 points from 8 kills, and Bryna Vogel added 6 points from 6 kills, on solid .308 hitting. Meanwhile, Texas locked up the match with spectacular .494 hitting.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .147 32 34 0 40
Texas .494 46 55 9 44
September 24, 2017  Squawks Squeeze by the Cats in Five Sets
Dev Nelson, who called countless games in Ahearn, would have called this one a "double-barrel, double-dip, deep-dish dilly," as #12 KU managed a two-point win, 25-20, 21-25, 22-25, 25-15, 16-14, before a crowd of 3,325.

Strong hitting by KU, .370 to the Cats' .154, allowed a set one victory, but it was clear that K-State would not be intimidated by their ranked opponent. It's safe to say the Cats had seen an awesome, newly-released hype video from Athletics, narrated by Katie Reininger, which called both fans and players to action. (link)

K-State and KU shared equal .424 hitting in set two, with the Cats posting a 25-21 victory. In set three, the news was even better, as K-State outhit KU .341 to .156, and took a 2-1 lead after three sets. I believed K-State stood an excellent chance of winning at that point, but the Bluebirds had had enough, and outhit the Cats .433 to .179 in set four, posting a 25-15 win.

The Cats had a slow start in set five, but took the lead after scoring 7 of 8 straight points. The deciding set was tied at 14-all, but KU won the final two points.

Peyton Williams had an awesome match, leading the team with 15.5 points, 14 kills and .462 hitting. Coach Fritz said of Peyton, "I think she gets better with every match. She's just a very, very fast learner. The more she plays and the more opportunities she has, the more comfortable she gets, and the faster she improves. She's becoming a bigger and bigger part of our offense with every match." Bryna Vogel had 15 points and 13 kills for a double-double. Alyssa Schultejans added 14.5 points. Elle Sandbothe was very efficient, with .429 hitting, and she had 10 points. Kylee Zumach had 11 points.

On defense, Bryna Vogel led with 15 digs, and Reilly Killeen had 12.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the rematch on Nov. 8, in The Shanty. Up next for the Cats is #6 Texas, on Saturday.

Finally, be sure to watch this Ahearn Gameday Tradition Video, narrated by Katie Reininger, and probably scripted by her. It is awesome.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .278 64 75 7 55
KU .342 68 80 7 63

Shortly after the match, Kylee Zumach tweeted the following:

September 20, 2017  K-State opens Big 12 play with a 3 - 2 victory over OU
This match was all over the place, but the Cats ended strong in a 19-25, 25-16, 25-21, 13-25, 15-8 outcome over the Sooners, hitting .438 in the fifth set. (And... OU hit 0.00 in the fifth set.)

The stats show a nice distribution of kills. Alyssa Schultejans led with 12, Kylee Zumach and Peyton Williams (with .391 hitting) had 11, Bryna Vogel (with .412 hitting!) and Elle Sandbothe (with .467 hitting!) had 9. Sarah Dixon had 30 assists, and Brooke Smith added 22.

Sarah Dixon had 11 digs, and Bryna Vogel had 10. Peyton Williams had 7 blocks, and Alyssa Schultejans had four.

In this back-and-forth match, ultimately K-State scored 74 points, to the Okies' 71.

Let's all get out to support the Cats vs. the #12 Squawks at high noon on Sunday, Sept. 24 in Ahearn!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .279 59 74 9 50
OU .270 67 71 3 60
September 16, 2017  K-State wins a close one over Northern Iowa
It's safe to say that the Cats went into this one with their eyes open. Northern Iowa (10-4) had beaten #10 Nebraska hours earlier, and #19 Iowa State four days earlier. They had already beaten four ranked teams, but K-State (7-6) needed to get back on track, and took this one to five: 25-22, 24-26, 29-27, 23-25, 15-6, to complete their stay in Omaha 2-1.

So many stats in this match were close! As K-State's recap noted, there were 45 tied scores and 18 lead changes. Hitting percentages, digs (99 to 97) and kill s were close. The biggest difference in stats was the Cats' 15 blocks, to UNI's 7.

There was a nice distribution in scoring, which helped keep us less predictable. Kylee Zumach and Bryna Vogel led with 19 points each. Peyton Williams and Alyssa Schultejans added 12 each, and Brynn Carlson had 10 points. Elle Sandbothe contributed 9.5 points, on a fine evening of blocking (4.5). Macy Flowers hit .375, Williams and Vogel hit .333 and Zumach hit .222, leading with 17 kills.

Bryna Vogel had 6 block assists, and Elle Sandbothe had her hands on 6 blocks, with four assists for Williams and Carlson. Reilly Killeen had 27 digs, Vogel had 23 and Brooke Smith had 15.

Rob Voelker, on play-by-play, caught a scoring error in set four. He knew the Cats had earned a two-point lead when the score was in the 20s, but the game officials had the score tied. I doubt that he was close enough to the scorer's bench to catch officials' attention, but eventually someone besides Rob saw the discrepancy, and a few minutes later, the score was set to what Rob had reported, so nice going on that!

K-State was never behind in set five, and ended the match with a 7-1 scoring run!

Defense won the match, as supported by the Cats' 15 to 7 blocking advantage. The Cats held UNI to .000 hitting, when there was only one tied score.

Bryna Vogel made the all-tournament team.

Thanks much to the Volleycats for giving us a bright spot, after the disappointing Football loss in Nashville!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .217 69 89 15 97
UNI .176 73 81 7 99
September 15, 2017  Nebraska strikes again
I couldn't find radio or Internet play-by-play of this match, so I don't have much to report on this 22-25, 11-25, 16-25 loss to #10 NU. Watching live stats, there we times when the Cats led NU, but ultimately lost ground toward the end of the set.

Nebraska dominated in total points, 59-36, in blocks, 9-4, in digs, 51-29, and certainly in hitting percentage, .323 to .101. As a result, the Cats remain in next-to-last place in the Big 12, and tomorrow face Northern Iowa (RV), who beat #19 Iowa State three days ago.

Kylee Zumach led the Cats in scoring tonight, with 12.5 of a total 36 points. She led with 10 kills and .296 hitting. Bryna Vogel had 6.5 points, and she hit .222.

Reilly Killeen led with 9 digs, and Bryna Vogel had 8.

The tables really turned in this match. K-State actually outhit NU in set one, .231 to .229. Then set two happened. NU hit an outstanding .467, to the Cats' .029. In set three, NU hit .294, to the Cats' .029 (again). On the other hand, the set scores (excluding set two) make it appear that the match was much more even (NU scores first): 25-22, 25-11, 25-16. Blocking was a major difference, with NU prevailing, 9-4 in team blocks.

September 14, 2017  Cats begin their final invitational with a win
I haven't been writing about recent matches, because Athletics stopped producing proper box scores when the web pages changed to Sidearm Sports. Tonight a good box score was available!

Our Cats defeated the host school, Nebraska Omaha, who for some reason like to be called Omaha, 25-22, 25-18, 18-25, 25-18.

On offense, K-State was led by three with 13.5 points each: Peyton Williams (hitting an awesome .556), Bryna Vogel (hitting .357) and Kylee Zumach (hitting .095). Alyssa Schultejans had 8.5 points. Brynn Carlson and Zsofia Gyimes each added six points. The Cats are spitting setter duties between Sarah Dixon, who had 19 assists, and Brooke Smith, who had 22. The Cats were plagued with errors tonight. Brooke Smith, who was on fire vs. UMKC, had four service errors. Kylee Zumach, although a scoring leader, hit 0.095. Macy Flowers hit -.375. Ultimately the Cats hit a modest .196 to Omaha's .136.

Defense was distributed. Reilly Killeen led with 21 digs, Bryna Vogel had 16 and Brooke Smith had 12. Sarah Dixon and Devan Fairfield each had 10 digs. Peyton Williams led in blocking, with 2.5. Bryna Vogel and Kylee Zumach each had 1.5 blocks. Omaha had nine blocks, to the Cats' eight, while the Cats led in digging, 83 to 82.

Kansas State, now 6-5 this season, and with the second-worst record in the Big 12, faces #10 Nebraska (yes, that Nebraska) at 4:30 P CT tomorrow. Good luck, Cats!

August 26, 2017  Cats Sweep Idaho
Good things happened in K-State's 25-23, 25-18, 25-15 win in Corvallis, including some impressive individual numbers.

Kylee Zumach led with 14 points, hitting .321, and her 11 digs got her an opening weekend double-double. Bryna Vogel, recovered from an off-season operation, added 9.5 points, and Peyton Williams (in her first VB appearance) and Brynn Carlson each had 8 points. We have to mention efficiency: Peyton hit .700 in her first match, and Brynn hit .533. Zsofia Gyimes, who had 6.5 points, hit a spectacular .750, and she had two aces. Setter Sarah Dixon recorded 33 assists. K-State outscored Idaho 59 to 37.

Idaho outblocked the Cats 8 to 5. The blocking that occurred was distributed around the team. On the other hand, K-State was digging all over the place, with 51 to Idaho's 28. Reilly Killeen led with 16 digs, and Kylee Zumach added 11.

The first set left fans nervous, considering the two-point win. The Cats' .357 hitting would seem to be enough, but Idaho hit a respectable .286. The second set was a different story. While K-State hit a modest .175, Idaho managed only –.026. Then K-State hit an awesome .469 in set three, to Idaho's .171, with a set score of 25-15.

Macy Flowers, who left last night's match in the second set with some sort of injury, did not play. It was great to see Peyton Williams in action today. She'll have an extra season of Volleyball, after her tour of duty with WBB has ended.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .320 48 59 5 51
Idaho .116 23 37 8 28
August 25, 2017  It's Volleyball season!
The 2017 season began vs. Pacific in Oregon... a 3-1 win that had its ups and downs, with a final score of 15-25, 28-26, 25-13, 31-29. I didn't hold much hope for us at the end of the first set, after hitting .074, compared to Pacific's .419... quite a wake-up call.

The Cats clawed back in set two, improving to .317 hitting, but there were 17 tied scores. Set three was the Cats' best, with .500 hitting, and 92% on sideouts.

Kylee Zumach led with 19 points, hitting .385, followed by Alyssa Schultejans with 15 points, and Bryna Vogel with 13. Our new setter, Sarah Dixon, had 42 assists, with .444 hitting. K-State had respectable .317 hitting in the end, just slightly below Pacific's .324.

Reilly Killeen had nine digs, and Kylee Zumach and Devan Fairfield each had seven. Pacific turned in a whopping 65 digs, to K-State's 36. On the other hand, the Cats led in blocks, 13.5 to 7. Bryna Vogel had 3 blocks, and Elle Sandbothe had 2½.

Up next for the undefeated Cats, it's Idaho at noon CT, and Oregon State at 9:00 P.

August 18, 2017  Elle Sandbothe conducts Media Day interviews
As the video opens, Elle is in possession of the microphone, a role filled by Kylee Zumach, or Zoomy, as Elle calls her, and hilariously handled by Katie Brand in the past.

Kylee recorded several assists during the interview, and Elle had one kill. I was impressed to hear Elle use the term Dynamic Duo, which of course was Batman and Robin, back in the 1960s.

You can watch all four minutes of this fun for free via Twitter, or download it for your collection by right-clicking right here.

August 18, 2017  #9 Creighton gets by K-State (RV) in Exhibition
Based on the score alone, this was a very good test for both teams. Creighton took the match, 3-2, but going into set five, each team had 98 points! In addition, fans were treated to a some epic rallies... some of the longest I've ever seen. I don't know that I've ever seen Coach Grove, defensive coordinator, smiling the way he was after some of our efforts in extending rallies.

Alyssa Schultejans led with 18 points, Kylee Zumach had 15, Brynna Vogel had 12.5 and Macy Flowers had 12. Macy was most efficient on offense, hitting .421, but Bryna Vogel hit .364, and Zsofia Gyimes hit .357. Vogel and Flowers each had 11 kills. Creighton led K-State on hitting, .299 to .247. I felt that our new starting setter, Sarah Dixon, did a very nice job.

On defense, Bryna Vogel, a returning All-Big 12 player, had 11 digs, and 2.75 blocks per set.. Sarah Dixon and Reilly Killeen each had 10 digs. Elle Sandbothe had five block assists, and led in efficiency with 1.67 blocks per set.

Creighton has an excellent team. They advanced to the Elite Eight in 2016, ultimately losing to Texas after beating KU and Michigan, and were #9 in the final AVCA poll. Their 15-year coach, Kirsten Bernthal Booth, has been National Coach of the Year three times. K-State has met Creighton in one capacity or another in 2014 through 2017, from co-hosting a spring clinic to early fall competition.

The Cats begin their season in Oregon, in an afternoon match vs. Pacific on August 25.

August 16, 2017  K-State Volleyball Newcomers Learning Quickly
"Fail fast, learn fast," says Suzie Fritz about early fall training. Jeff Grove likens it to drinking from a fire hose. With the most newcomers in a while, there is a lot to learn. Read all about it in Corbin McGuire's latest Sports Extra. Don't miss the exhibition vs. Creighton on Friday, August 18 at 6:00 P.
August 10, 2017  Injury Helps Vogel Become Vocal Leader, Fill Needed Role for K-State VB
In Corbin McGuire's Sports Extra, Brynna Vogel looks back at missing playing all spring in 2016, and how she focused on leadership from courtside.
August 8, 2017  K-State Volleyball Opens 2017 with Official Practices
A K-State Volleyball release today includes a look at the team roster, and early-season action.
August 4, 2017  Carlson Gains Valuable Experience at USA Women's Junior A1 National Team Training Program
In Corbin McGuire's Sports Extra, Brynn Carlson describes the extra training she was allowed to get.
August 2, 2017  Brynna Vogel: Preseason All-Big 12
Our All-Big 12 OH senior, Brynna Vogel, has been named Preseason All-Big 12, the conference announced today. Brynna had 324 kills and 318 digs in her junior season, and she has been solid throughout her career. Here's the release from K-State.
July 28, 2017  Single-Match Tickets on Sale July 31, Promotions Announced
2017 season excitement begins with a free-admission exhibition match vs. Creighton on Friday, August 18. Be sure to check out this link!
July 25, 2017  Cats been lifting some heavy stuff
Don't mess with the Cats! They tweeted this glamour photo earlier today. It looks like Elle's meditating while the others are flexing. You've gotta do what works for you! Here's a 2048px version.

July 24, 2017  Volleyball's Seventh Straight AVCA Team Academic Award
This award, announced by the AVCA, honors teams that as a group had a 3.30 or higher in the past academic year. Katie Brand and Kersten Kober were CoSIDA All-District, and as noted below, Maureen Schick and Elle Sandbothe made the Big 12 Academic All-Rookie Team. (K-State release)
July 2017  Brynn Carlson Training with the US Women's Junior A1 Team
Brynn was in MHK last week during Volleyball Camp. Now she's in Florida, training with the A1 Team. Follow the adventures of our freshman OH via her blog on kstatesports.com. Developments will be posted here. In her first blog, Brynn says they will be training for five days, and playing in a tournament for five days.
blog entries    match live streams    schedule
June 30, 2017  Brooke Heyne: National Volleyball Athlete of the Year
K-State Volleyball has announced that freshman Brooke Heyne has been selected as the National High School Coaches Association Senior Volleyball Player of the Year! Her Skutt Catholic team turned in a perfect 44-0 record, its second straight state title and a No. 2 national ranking by PrepVolleyball.com in her senior season.

Brooke is a 5' 11" OH from Omaha. She turned in 474 kills, 362 digs and 40 aces in her senior season. Here's the announcement from the NHSCA.

June 27, 2017  Katie Brand is nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year
K-State Volleyball has announced Katie's Woman of the Year nomination by the NCAA. Here's a list of all nominees.

The award is meant to recognize female athletes whose eligibility has ended, who have distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers. Katie was an academic star, leaving with a GPA of 3.649. She is a three-time All-America honoree, and was named First Team All-Big 12 three times.

Our Volleyball superstar is in the first year of the physician assistant program at UMKC... class of 2019. The award ceremony will be on October 22, in Indianapolis.

June 15, 2017  Maureen Schick, Elle Sandbothe named to Big 12 Academic All-Rookie Team
Maureen has a 4.000, and Elle Sandbothe was also named to the All-Rookie team, as announced by K-State today.
June 9, 2017  Elle Sandbothe Selected to USA Women's Junior National Training Team
Elle's going back to Colorado to train for the Junior National Team, from July 2 to 12. At the completion of training, 12 of 16 will be named to the team. The team, as well documented here, won the gold medal in the Pan-American Cup last month. Laurie Corbelli, head coach at Texas A&M, will be the coach. (K-State release) (USA Volleyball release)

June 9, 2017  Sandbothe Savoring USWJNT Experience in Costa Rica
Corbin McGuire's latest Sports Extra has more details about Elle Sandbothe's experiences on the undefeated U.S. Women's Junior National Team. Elle will return to Colorado Springs on July 2 to compete for a position on the U.S. team in the FIVB Junior World Championships, on July 14-23, in Cordoba and Boca del Rio, Mexico.
May 2017  Elle Sandbothe's U.S. Women's Junior National Team Blog
   • #1 - May 6 to May 10
   • #2 - May 11 to May 14

Elle's U.S. Junior National Team opportunity is a perfect example of John Currie's goal to provide a world class athlete experience. Of course, while this has been a goal of the department for several years, Elle has this opportunity because she was talented and hard-working enough to make the team, which she tried out for in February.

May 31, 2017  Brooke Smith transfers from Nebraska
K-State has announced the transfer of Brooke Smith. She's a 5' 11" DS/setter from Weatherford, Texas. She specialized in serving.
May 29, 2017  
It's a sweep, with the announcement that Landry Weber will walk on to the K-State Football team, as we read in The Kansas City Star. And, of course, McKenzi Weber enters her second season with K-State Volleyball.
May 13, 2017  Women's Junior National Team Wins U20 Pan Am Cup Without a Loss
The team will play in the World Championship series in Mexico, July 14 - 23. Good luck, Elle! (story)
May 13, 2017  Congrats to KSUVB's spring 2017 grads!
Kylee Zumach, Mattie Batchelder and Brooke "The Assassin" Sassin got their bachelor's degrees today!

May 13, 2017  Women's Junior National Team defeats Argentina / wins U20 Pan American Cup gold
Elle Sandbothe and teammates are headed to the World Championship. (tweet) (team stats)

May 12, 2017  WJNT Advances to U20 Pan Am Cup Gold Match
The U.S. had four players reach double-figure scoring as it defeated Cuba 25-17, 25-23, 30-32, 25-20 Friday evening in the U20 Pan American Cup semifinals in San Jose, Costa Rica. The event is a qualification tournament to the 2017 FIVB Women's U20 World Championship with the top finishing team from NORCECA and the top team finishing team from South America earning bids. The U.S., now 4-0 in the tournament, moves into Saturday's championship match (8:30 p.m. CT) and will face Argentina, which defeated Puerto Rico 25-21, 25-11, 25-9 in the second semifinal. Elle Sandbothe (Lee's Summit, Missouri) rounded out the scoring with two aces. (recap)
May 12, 2017   Women's Junior National Team earns spot in @FIVB Women's U20 World Championship
#USAVwjnt earns spot in @FIVBWomensU20 World Championship with Argentina's 3-0 win over PuertoRico in the #U20PanAmCup semifinal. (tweet)

May 11, 2017  Women's Junior National Team to Semifinals
The U.S. Women's Junior National Team moved closer to qualifying for the 2017 FIVB Women's U20 World Championship by defeating Uruguay 25-10, 25-19, 25-17 in the quarterfinals. Middle Elle Sandbothe (Lee's Summit, Missouri, Kansas State University) provided three kills on four errorless attacks, one block and one ace for five points. (recap)

Up next, in the semifinals on May 12, is a physical Cuba team. First serve is at 6:30 P CT.

May 10, 2017  Women's Junior National Team Defeats Dominican Republic

Elle Sandbothe had three points. (stats link)

May 9, 2017  Women's Junior National Team Defeats Argentina in Four
The U.S. Women's Junior National Team used a balanced offense to defeat Argentina 25-23, 25-19, 15-25, 25-21 in its U20 Women's Pan American Cup opening pool play match Tuesday evening in San Jose, Costa Rica. Elle Sandbothe got an ace. Next up is the Dominican Republic at 6:30 P CT on May 10. (recap)
May 8, 2017  Women's Junior Team Begins Quest for Bid to the 2017 FIVB Women's U20 World Championship
Elle Sandbothe is in Costa Rica now, as a member of the U.S. Women's Junior National Team. According to the Team USA page, competition begins on May 9 at 8:30 P CT, vs. Argentina. The team will then play the Dominican Republic on May 10 at 6:30 P CT.
April 30, 2017  Katie Brand: 2016-17 Female Athlete of the Year!
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee named Katie K-State's Female Athlete of the Year tonight... a fine choice! And, by the way, Katie won K-State Scholar Athlete of the Year! (link)
April 14, 2017  Coach Fritz Announces Commitments of Heyne, Smith
Brooke Heyne is a 5-11 OH, and the 2016-17 Gatorade Nebraska Volleyball Player of the Year! She led Skutt Catholic High School to a perfect 44-0 record, a second-straight state title and a No. 2 national ranking by PrepVolleyball.com. In her senior season, Brooke had 474 kills, 362 digs and 40 aces. Coach Fritz describes her as a very versatile player, strong as attacker, passer and defender.

Jacque Smith, a 5-7 libero, lettered all four years at St. Teresa's Academy in KCMO. She was named to the Missouri-Kansas All-Star Team this year, after setting the single-season digs record of 545. Jacque received all-state, all-district and all-region honors in her junior and senior season, and St. Teresa's made the state tournament both years. As Kersten Kober has completed her eligibility, Jacque has the opportunity to play an important role on the team. (K-State Sports release)

April 12, 2017  Elle Sandbothe to the USA Women's Junior National Team!
USA Volleyball and Kansas State announced today that K-State's own freshman middle blocker, Elle Sandbothe, made the USA Junior Women's National Team. She'll play in the Pan American Cup in Costa Rica in K-State's Final Week.

Elle, along with three other Cats, journeyed to Colorado in February to try out. (story) Jerritt Elliott, UT's head coach, will be the head coach of the USA team. Elle will be one of 12 players on the team. She was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team in November, 2016. Elle led the Cats in blocks per set in 2016.

This is awesome!

April 11, 2017  Five Core Values Emphasized in Spring to Build Culture
Cobin McGuire's latest Sports Extra looks at K-State Volleyball's Five Core Values.
March 8, 2017   Heightened Experience, Knowledge from USWNT Tryout
Sandbothe, along with Sarah Dixon, Alyssa Schultejans and Brynn Carlson, participated in the annual U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryout over the weekend. Jeff Grove was there as an evaluator, and Rhino came by! Corbin McGuire has all the details in this Sports Extra.
February 27, 2017  Women's National Team Tryouts
Four Cats will take part in the USAVolleyball tryout for the Women's National Team. (link