Headlines 2017
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.
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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. (season stats)

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.
April 7, 2017  Michaela Franklin coaching Clemson
Michaela was on the 2003 Big 12 championship team, and after serving as an assistant here and there, she's been selected as Clemson's head coach. This Sports Extra looks back at her time here, her philosophy as a coach and Suzie's influence on her. "Championship behavior" is her theme.
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.