Headlines 2018
August 2, 2019  Missouri Exhibition in Ahearn
The Tigers will come calling on Saturday, August 24 at 3 p.m. in Ahearn Field House. This will be an exhibition match, and you're invited!
July 31, 2019  Loren Hinkle answers the tough questions we all need to know...
Check out this Twitter video!
July 16, 2019  Libero Dru Kuck Signs with the Cats
First, her name is pronounced like Cook, and she's been ranked as the #2 player in Wisconsin. Our freshman class currently ranks 20th in the nation! She joins setter Teanna Adams-Kaonohi (Honolulu) and a trio of Kansas natives in outside hitter Anna Dixon (Louisburg), middle blocker Faith Hammontree (Shawnee) and libero Loren Hinkle (Shawnee), says the Manhattan Mercury. Coach Fritz says, "She is, first and foremost, a fearless defender with tremendous speed and explosiveness."

That's what I want to see: a quick libero... like Angie Lastra, Big 12 Libero of the Year in 2004 and 2007!

May 30, 2019  Lauren Goehring to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
Big time congratulations to Lauren Goehring Cost! The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame has announced that she will be one of the 2019 inductees on October 6. In the Cats' 2003 Big 12 championship season, Lauren was #10 in Division I in hitting (.409), Big 12 Player of the Year and a First-Team All-American.
May 30, 2019  Bryna Vogel Returns to Volleyball
After a devastating knee injury, Bryna Vogel, while in Switzerland, decided to make professional volleyball her next goal, as we read in Corbin McGuire's excellent K-State Sports Extra.
April 1, 2019  Four Wildcats Named to Collegiate National Team-Anaheim Roster
Teana Adams-Kaonohi, Brynn Carlson, Anna Dixon and Gloria Mutiri were selected to the 28-player U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team-Anaheim roster. Here's K-State's announcement. They will train from June 23 to 29.
February 21, 2019  Open Scrimmage with Wichita State Friday
Fans can have their first opportunity to see the 2019 K-State volleyball team as it will be holding a free, open scrimmage and training session with Wichita State Friday at the upper gym inside Ahearn Field House.

The Wildcats and Shockers will hold a joint training session beginning at 4:30 p.m. before a team scrimmage starting at 6:30 p.m. Each segment is scheduled to last approximately an hour and a half and is free and open to all fans. (link)

February 14, 2019  Bench Celebrations 2018
This video's too short, at 00:28! I sit almost behind the Cats' bench, and always enjoy their sideline antics. In this video, we see the Faint and Catch routine that redshirt freshman Kenzie Smith perfected this past season, with Abigail Archibong catching her. All-Big 12 middle blocker Elle Sandbothe is always fun on the sideline, and we see a super-cool dance routine. Our volleyball team is cooler than your volleyball team.
January 21, 2019  Vogel and Zumach now playing professional volleyball
Here's a tweet from @KStateVB showing Bryna Vogel in Switzerland, and Kylee Zumach heading to Spain. Something she posted recently led me to believe she was going to the Canary Islands. Time will tell.
January 20, 2019  Kylee Zumach to play professional volleyball
Kylee has just tweeted her announcement that she will play professionally in the Canary Islands!
December 30, 2018  Kylee Zumach has signed with Elite Volleyball
Here's her profile. We look forward to announcing which team gets her!
December 23, 2018  Kylee Zumach wants to go pro
Kylee, owner of 1,379 kills as a Cat... and 2018 AVCA Honorable Mention All-American, wants to go pro. She has tweeted her intentions, and asks for retweets. Also, she's asking for likes on her Facebook volleyball page. I know she'll do great.
November 26, 2018  Gloria Mutiri: All-Big 12 Second Team!
Freshman opposite hitter Gloria Mutiri was recognized today by the Big 12 for a very impressive season. Gloria, quoting K-State Volleyball, "finished the season with 271 kills and 2.77 kills-per-set average, while hitting .263. For much of the season, she led the Cats in kills and kills per set in conference-only matches, as she finished with 164 kills (2.69 per set) in league play."

Here are the announcements from the K-State Volleyball and the Big 12 Conference.

The good news came on the same day the Big 12 named Gloria the Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.

November 26, 2018  Elle Sandbothe: All-Big 12 Second Team!
Junior Middle Blocker Elle Sandbothe, quoting K-State's release, "set career highs in kills (157), kills per set (2.04) and hitting percentage (.284). Her .284 hitting efficiency was second-highest on the team." Elle also led the Cats with 72 blocks. Her impressive hitting was thanks in no small part to her lightning-fast swing. Obviously, she's a very versatile player, and it's exciting to imagine what she'll accomplish in her senior season!

Here are the announcements from the K-State Volleyball and the Big 12 Conference.

In 2016, Elle was named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team.

November 26, 2018  Gloria Mutiri: Big 12 Rookie of the Week Again!
Gloria had quite an afternoon vs. TCU last week. She had 15 kills / .419 hitting, totaling 18 points. On defense, she added 11 digs, and four block assists. For good measure, she added an ace!

This follows her first Rookie recognition on Sept. 17. For the 2018 season, she totaled 271 kills and .263 hitting. Here are the announcements from K-State and the Big 12 Conference. (Stay tuned for more good news!)

November 25, 2018  Everything You Need to Know About the NCAA Tournament
Here it is, from your pals at the NCAA!
November 25, 2018  Only Two Big 12 Teams Made the NCAA Tournament
Texas (20-4) will start vs. Stephen F. Austin. Baylor (19-8) will play Hawaii. Kansas State (15-2) didn't make it. A few teams with 18 wins got in. San Diego (16-12) got in, with an RPI of 47. K-State's Nov. 18 RPI is 52. Baylor's RPI is 14. (Here's the interactive tournament bracket.)
November 25, 2018  K-State Volleyball: #2 in All-Time Big 12 Wins
Big 12 play for 2018 concluded last night, and I have updated my All-Time Big 12 Rankings chart. Season-by-season, it shows the Big 12 W/L records, and the schools' standings in conference play. K-State has a firm lock on second place! This chart spans 23 years, and isn't smart phone friendly.
November 25, 2018  Volleycats 8
Here's "Volleycats 8," the farewell video for our awesome K-State Volleyball seniors. Hear about each player's experiences as a Cat, and plans for the near future. Your fans will truly miss you. Thanks for your commitment and hard work! (video link)
November 21, 2018  NCAA Tournament Selection Show: Sunday, Nov. 25, ESPNU
The show starts at 7:30 P.M. Good luck, Cats!
November 21, 2018  Wildcats Wrap the Regular Season with a Win Over TCU
This was a close one! Just look at the set scores (KSU/TCU): 25-27, 25-23, 25-21, 25-21. There were 23 tied scores and 11 lead changes enroute to the KSU win. Rob Voelker, who called the match, believed the Cats (14-12) would make a good case for themselves by winning, given their RPI of 52, while TCU (15-11) had little chance, with their RPI of 65. Regardless of NCAA odds, both teams have 15-12 records. Here are the official game recap and box score.

In any discussion of NCAA tournament odds, it should be remembered that the Cats had their match at Minnesota canceled, because it was "too hot." They couldn't find another court to play on in Minneapolis? I still think Minnesota chickened out, because the Cats' record at that point was 10-1. Five days after that match was to be played, the Cats took #5 Texas to five sets.

Back to Nov. 21 now: The Cats didn't exactly hit the ground running, hitting only .148 in set one, but still came in two points behind TCU (and that was after being down by nine points). As mentioned, the match was close, and in set two, neither team led by more than three points. On the bright side, the Cats' hitting popped up to .306.

Confidence was gained by the third set, after being competitive with TCU, who had won the match in Fort Worth the past four years. Hitting in set three was an outstanding .517 (which came from 16 kills and only one error). It was still close, with an outcome in favor of the Cats, 25-21.

K-State closed the festivities by recording 20 kills in set four, hitting .410, and Kylee Zumach's total of 21 kills for the match was her season high.

Kylee Zumach led in offense, with 22.5 points, from 21 kills and .409 hitting. Gloria Mutiri had a fine match, with 18 points, 15 kills and .419 hitting! Brooke Heyne added 11.5 points and 11 kills. Macy Flowers had 10 points and 8 kills, with very good .294 hitting. Elle Sandbothe had 9 points and 7 kills, and she hit .235. Sarah Dixon had 56 assists and 2 aces!

Devan Fairfield had 16 digs, Reilly Killeen had 13 and Gloria Mutiri had 11.

It would be awesome to see the Cats back in the NCAA tournament.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .316 67 79 7 63
TCU .233 56 67 6 67
November 17, 2018  K-State Falls to Texas Tech on Senior Night in Four Sets
Fans came in hoping for an encore, two or three hours earlier, the Football Cats beat Tech 21-6, in an excellent defensive performance. It was close... very close, but not quite enough. Texas Tech hadn't won in Ahearn since 2004. Set scores were (KSU/TTU): 21-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-15.

The usual box score wasn't produced, so comments here will be limited. On offense, Brooke Heyne led with 11 kills, Kylee Zumach had 8 and Peyton Williams had 8. Zsofia Gyimes had 2 aces. Sarah Dixon had 37 assists.

K-State led in blocks, 9 to 7. Peyton Williams had 4 of them. Brooke Heyne led with 13 digs, Reilly Killeen had 11 and Devan Fairfield had 10.

Coach Fritz was concerned about the Cats' consistency, and ability to string points together.

If a proper box score is posted, I'll add to this write-up! K-State will finish the season at TCU on Sept. 21.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
TTU .226 59 69 7 71
KSU .142 40 53 9 56
November 14, 2018  K-State Prevails in Both Sunflower Showdowns in 2018!
There's so much good stuff to cover! From 2014 through 2017, KSU had only won once, in 2014. Things changed in October, as K-State came within 3 points of sweeping KU in Ahearn. This had to provide some confidence as the Cats did battle in Lawrence tonight. No doubt you'll want to read the entire, glorious recap from K-State Volleyball. Set scores were (KSU/KU): 22-25, 23-25, 25-12, 25-20, 15-9.

Looking first at offense, four players were double-digit contributors in points and kills. Brooke Heyne led the team with 18 points and 17 kills, hitting .311. Elle Sandbothe had a number of excellent plays, ending with 16.5 points, 13 kills and .308 hitting. Kylee Zumach, who played in four of the five sets, was great, adding 16 points, from 15 kills and .394 hitting. Gloria Mutiri had 14.5 points and 11 kills, hitting a solid .267. Peyton Williams was efficient, adding 7.5 points from 6 kills, and she hit .333. Sarah Dixon recorded 59 assists, a new career high, toward the Cats' victory.

Defense numbers were almost equal between the teams, with blocks at 11, and a modest 76 to 71 advantage in digs for the Bluebirds. Devan Fairfield led with 22 digs, Sarah Dixon had 10 and Reilly Killeen had 9.

Our Cats played KU close in sets one and two, losing by only 2 or 3 points, which made it clear they had what was needed to win. They outhit KU .324 to .000 in set three, .333 to .220 in set four, and finished strong, hitting .417 to the home team's .100. The big difference in the match was efficiency. The Cats hit .298 to KU's .191.

Coach Fritz gave shoutouts to Kylee Zumach for coming out of a slump, and had high praise for Brooke Heyne. "Heyne is such a creative attacker. She does some things sometimes that blow my mind, how she can create something out of nothing."

A fun fact in the official recap is that our victorious Wildcats never trailed in the final three sets!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
Cats .298 67 83 11 71
Birds .191 62 76 11 76
November 14, 2018  K-State Volleyball Inks Four for 2019 Season
Here's good news on recruiting. K-State Volleyball announced the signings of Téana Adams-Kaonohi (6' 1" setter), Anna Dixon (6' 2" OH), Faith Hammontree (6' 5" MB) and Loren Hinkle (5' 10" libero/setter) to National Letters of Intent on the first day of the fall signing period.


L to R: Téana Adams-Kaonohi, Anna Dixon, Faith Hammontree, Loren Hinkle

We've been seeing Faith at matches, now and then, for about three years, I think. She committed to Kansas State in 2016! Here's a tweet from her, two years ago.

November 14, 2018  Alyssa Schultejans Approaches Senior Day with Humor
Be sure to read the latest Sports Extra, a visit with senior outside hitter Alyssa Schultejans!

How about a look at Alyssa's newcomer video? Alyssa and Kylee Show, Part 1 | Alyssa and Kylee Show, Part 2 | Interview with Brian Smoller

November 14, 2018  Volleycats 7
The 7th Volleycats video has just been posted. It has a nice look behind-the-scenes, and staff who make the program go, including Chris Brown for Sports Information, Kenzie Holcomb, team manager and statistician, and Rob Voelker, who has done radio for 8 years now.
November 10, 2018  Baylor Sweeps K-State in Ahearn

Baylor beat the Cats in every statistical category except hitting attempts. Suzie Fritz said, "I thought we played as poor as we have all year." Set scores were (BU/KSU): 25-18, 25-17, 25-11.

Kylee Zumach led in offense, with 8 points and 7 kills. Brooke Heyne added 5.5 points and 5 kills, hitting .000. Gloria Mutiri had 5 points and 5 kills, hitting .053. Elle Sandbothe had 5 points and 4 kills. Peyton Williams had 4.5 points and 4 kills, and hit .222, so good for her. Sarah Dixon had 22 assists, and a service ace... our only ace of the evening. The Cats' efficiency was exceptionally low: .118 in set one, .135 in set two, and a shockingly low .038 in set three... a set in which Baylor hit .407.

Baylor was excellent on defense. They led in blocks with 10.5, to the Cats' 4.0, and had 45 digs, to the Cats' 30.

In conclusion, it's noteworthy that the Cats swept Baylor three weeks ago tonight. Hey... let's go over to KU on Wednesday, and take it out on them, thereby beating them twice this season!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
Baylor .322 43 59.5 10.5 45
KSU .103 28 33 4 30
November 7, 2018  #5 Texas Sweeps K-State in Austin
This was a tall order. The #5 Longhorns (16-4, 11-1 Big 12) are having a tremendous season. They have only lost once at home, to #2 Stanford. Set scores were (Texas/KSU): 25-19, 25-15, 25-19. Today's match had an attendance of 3,142. Texas has an astounding streak in this series, now having won the past 31 meetings.

Looking at two of the three set scores of 25-19, one might call it a fairly close match, but some of the statistics show the difference. Texas prevailed in set two hitting, .419 to .188, and hit .464 to .114 in set three, so their efficiency was considerable. Each team had four blocks, but Texas prevailed in digs, 46 to 34.

The Cats' scoring was more balanced than usual. Gloria Mutiri led with 8.5 points and 7 kills. Kylee Zumach had 8 points and 6 kills, but was held to .091 hitting. Peyton Williams added 6.5 points from 5 kills, and she hit .444! Elle Sandbothe had 5.5 points and 5 kills. Brooke Heyne, Big 12 Rookie of the Week, had 5 points and 5 kills. Sarah Dixon had 26 assists. Five players had an ace. K-State had a total of 10 service errors.

Again, the teams ended equal on blocks, at 4 each. Devan Fairfield had 13 digs, Gloria Mutiri had 6, Brooke Heyne had 6 and Kylee Zumach had 4.

Up next for our Cats is Baylor, at home in Ahearn after Football on Saturday, Nov. 10, with an early first serve at 6:00 p.m. Baylor currently stands in 3rd place in the Big 12, having beaten Iowa State 3-1 tonight, improving to 16-7, 8-4 Big 12. Baylor has won 6 of their last 7 matches, with their single loss in that stretch coming at home to K-State.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
Texas .386 43 55 4 46
KSU .180 31 40 4 34
November 5, 2018  Brooke Heyne: Big 12 Rookie of the Week Again!
On this Monday after K-State swept West Virginia, the Big 12 has announced that OH Brooke Heyne is Rookie of the Week for the second time in three weeks!

Brooke led the Cats in kills (11), hitting (.450) and digs (10). This was a fine encore to her performance vs. Baylor, with 15 kills, 15.5 points and .467 hitting, which led to her first Rookie of the Week honor on Oct. 22.

Here's the announcement from K-State Volleyball.

November 03, 2018  K-State Sweeps West Virginia
K-Staters filed into Ahearn Field House hoping to see something good, after Football lost to TCU by one point less than an hour earlier. The Cats made our trips worthwhile! Set scores were (KSU/WVU): 25-12, 25-17, 25-23.

Sitting there witnessing the win, I knew we opened strong in set one... more than doubling WVU's score. I didn't realize how much the Cats dominated in statistics. The Cats hit .520 to WVU's .172, and the Cats more than doubled WVU in sideouts, 76% to 37%. Have a look at the box score.

Offensive efficiency was extremely high... second-best of the season. Brooke Heyne had 12.5 points, with awesome .450 hitting and 11 kills. Alyssa Schultejans also had 12.5 points, with .308 hitting and 11 kills. Kylie Zumach was not able to play tonight. Gloria Mutiri had 9 points and 7 kills, hitting .333. Elle Sandbothe had 6 points, with .364 hitting. Sarah Dixon had 33 assists.

Look at these hitting numbers. Set 1: KSU .520 / WVU .172, Set 2: KSU .333 / WVU .000, Set 3: KSU .343 / WVU .244. Again, hitting for the match was KSU .393 / WVU .154.

Defense was more equal. The Cats had 5 blocks, and the Mountaineers had 4. The Cats had the edge in digs, with 41, and WVU had 35. Brooke Heyne led with 10 digs, and Dixon, Mutiri and Devan Fairfield each had 8.

After the match, Suzie Fritz was especially pleased with the Cats' consistency, which has been a goal. She also liked our shot selection, and she called our serving "tremendous" and "extremely disruptive." The Cats had 9 aces. Schultejans, Dixon and Gyimes each had 2 aces. Here's a short clip of Alyssa Schultejans' postmatch comments.

Next up for the Cats: the pesky Big 12 leaders, Texas, in Austin on Wednesday.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .393 40 54 5 41
WVU .154 36 42 4 35
November 1, 2018  Zsofia Gyimes Cherishing Final Season, New Role
Our serving specialist, Zsofia Gyimes, is the subject of today's Sports Extra, which takes a look at her path to K-State from Hungary, and becoming a valuable and reliable member of her team.
October 26, 2018  Iowa State Prevails 3 - 1 in Ames
The Cats had some good stretches, and took a set, but Iowa State's consistently strong offense was certainly a difference maker. Set scores were (ISU/KSU): 25-15, 21-25, 26-24, 25-15.

Elle Sandbothe was amazing on offense. Although she didn't lead in points or kills, she was extremely efficient, with .647 hitting, 11 kills and 0 errors! Kylee Zumach led with 15.5 points and 14 kills, Alyssa Schultejans had 13 points and 11 kills (from .270 hitting), and Gloria Mutiri added 10 points and 8 kills. Sarah Dixon had 43 assists.

On defense, Devan Fairfield led with 19 digs. Kylee Zumach had 17 digs, and Sarah Dixon and Gloria Mutiri each had 10 digs. The team combined for 6 blocks... pretty much evenly distributed... to ISU's 11. Elle Sandbothe had a spectacular one-handed block.

The Cats had a poor start. They hit .077 in set one, while Iowa State hit .333. I don't know what changed in set two, but the Cats won it, hitting .324. Then they gave ISU a good scare in set three, ultimately losing it, 24-26, after reaching set point. K-State couldn't get anything going in set four, hitting only .089, while Iowa State hit a spectacular .378.

This marked 11 straight visits to Ames without a victory. Hilton Magic is real. Cat fans should take notice of tonight's attendance of 2,882. Iowa State is currently #16 in Division I in attendance, with K-State averaging about 1,000 fewer per match. A great crowd can sometimes make the difference.

Next up for the Cats is West Virginia, after Football on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7:00 P in Mike Ahearn Field House.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
ISU .307 67 81 11 76
KSU .173 49 60 6 71
October 24, 2018  Oklahoma Defeats K-State, 3 - 1
I walked into the Field House tonight expecting a close match. The set scores (OU/KSU) of 25-23, 25-17, 23-25, 25-19 came out fairly close. On the other hand, OU beat K-State in every statistical category but service aces.

Brooke Heyne, this week's Big 12 Rookie of the Week, led with 15 points and 14 kills. Elle Sandbothe had a solid match, with 13.5 points and 10 kills from .250 hitting. Gloria Mutiri had 13 points, with 9 kills. That was pretty much it offensively for the Cats, but it should be mentioned that Sarah Dixon, this week's Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, had 39 assists. We should give a shoutout to Reilly Killeen, for her three aces.

Elle Sandbothe had some impressive blocks, leading with 7 block assists. Gloria Mutiri had 6 block assists. Sarah Dixon and Gloria Mutiri each had 14 digs, and Devan Fairfield had 11. Reilly Killeen and Kylee Zumach had 9 digs.

Certainly a big story of the match was OU's .256 hitting, to the Cats' .120. One wonders how KSU played OU to a 25-23 loss in set 1, when OU hit .316 to KSU's .116. It got worse in set 2, as OU hit .294 to KSU's .069. The Cats managed a two-point set 3 victory, but OU hit slightly better. There were stretches of hope in set 4, but OU prevailed. I'm stunned just now to see that OU outhit the Cats .238 to .075 in set 4.

To conclude, I expected a fairly close match, and in two of four sets, it was... at least by the scores. Oklahoma is good this season, and seem greatly improved. (They finished 2017 at 7-22, and 4-12 in the Big 12.) This was the first OU win in Ahearn Field House since 2012. To me, the two biggest factors in OU's win was their margin in blocking (OU 38 to KSU 20) and hitting (OU .256 to KSU .120). Of course, those two categories tend to be related, don't they? ESPNU will carry the match at 7 p.m.

Next up for the Cats is a Friday night meeting at ISU, currently 4-5 in Big 12 competition, to KSU's 2-7.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
OU .256 58 79 19 77
KSU .120 49 64 10 73
October 24, 2018  High-Flying Heyne Becoming a Force for K-State Volleyball
Be sure to read Corbin McGuire's Sports Extra on Brooke Heyne's development as an OH this year, after her redshirt season. She's this week's Big 12 Rookie of the Week.

An exceptional vertical jump, along with excellent vision, has opened the door for the 5' 11" Brooke to some great success. As they say, the game has noticeably slowed down for her.

Last week, she had the last swing in the match against KU. In the Baylor match, she had 15 kills, hitting .467. I wasn't aware that Brooke was the 2016-17 Gatorade Nebraska Player of the Year. That's a major accomplishment, as volleyball is a very big deal in Nebraska. She was a high school All-American!

This YouTube video ends with Brooke's big play to win the KU match.

October 22, 2018  Sarah Dixon and Brooke Heyne Receive Big 12 POW Honors
This afternoon the Big 12 Conference announced that setter Sarah Dixon is the Offensive Player of the Week. She recorded 47 assists in the Cats' sweep of Baylor. Honored for the first time by the Big 12 is OH Brooke Heyne, who had an outstanding match vs. Baylor, with 15 kills, 15.5 points and .467 hitting. Here's K-State's announcement.
October 20, 2018  Cats Sweep Baylor in Waco
I missed the first set on the radio, as I was in the Octagon for Tex Winter's memorial service. Goodness... look at the box score! As much as I hate to admit it, this was an extremely close match, in terms of statistics, as well as the set scores (KSU/BU): 25-23, 27-25, 28-26.

Let's start with some odds and ends of great news: This match was the second this week over ranked teams: #22 KU and #24 Baylor (a sweep). In set one, K-State recovered from Baylor's early lead of 10-4. Brooke Heyne is doing GREAT! She hit .467 this afternoon, and led with 15.5 points. Peyton Williams had 13 points, from .550 hitting! Kylee Zumach now has 1,301 career kills, adding 11 today. Sarah Dixon recorded 47 assists in three sets! Gloria Mutiri added 11 points. Elle Sandbothe led in blocks, and led in digs, with 15, and she brought set two to a close with a stuff block! The official recap has more good news. Finally, this was the first sweep of a ranked opponent by a K-State team since 2002!!

Let's pack 5,000 in Ahearn Field House on Oct. 24. The Sooners are coming to see us, and they've recently beaten WVU, TTU, ISU and us. No more!

You might like having a look at my chart of Big 12 standings. There's a page for each team, with their full schedule and results, all in one PDF file. It's updated every time a Big 12 team plays.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .304 54 65 9 56
Baylor .263 54 63 8 56
October 17, 2018  K-State Three Points Short of a Sweep over KU

There's so much good stuff with this win, I don't know where to start. How about set scores? KSU/KU: 25-19, 23-25, 25-21, 27-25 / Yes, that's correct. The Cats were 3 points short of a sweep over the #22 KU Bluebirds.

Let's set up the story. K-State now leads the series 63-52-1, but hadn't beaten KU at home in seven seasons, with the last win in Ahearn on Nov. 23, 2011. Speaking of seven... KU had won the last seven encounters. In terms of this season, KU came in 13-4, and KSU was 10-7; however, KU was 6-0 in Big 12 matches, and KSU was 0-6.

A partisan crowd of 2,000+ gathered, and the fun began. By some measures, set one would be K-State's best of four, with the Cats hittting .278 to KU's .156, and the final score of 25-19 that would be the largest margin of the evening. I actually found myself concerned that the Cats might begin with too big a set one victory, because in volleyball, that tends to give a false sense of security. Yes... KU won set two 25-23, although KSU had the edge in hitting and kills. K-State dominated offensively in set three, hitting .265 to .116, but ending with a margin of only 25-21. There was both anticipation and tension in set four, as clearly the chance for victory was at hand. Both coaches had been challenging calls, hoping for every possible point. I personally didn't want to get into a set five vs. the conference leaders, and KU was on the upswing a bit, and would end set four hitting .250 to .212. On the other hand, KSU ended with 19 kills to KU's 12, and Brooke Heyne sealed the victory with a powerful hit through two KU blockers. Set four had a final score of 27-25, and a dogpile of Cats quickly formed at center court.

I believe balanced scoring was a considerable factor in the Cats' win, as five Cats had double-digit kills, ranging from 10 to 13, and double-digit points, from 12 to 16. Kylee Zumach led with 16 points and 13 kills. Peyton Williams had 13.5 points and 10 kills. Elle Sandbothe had 13 points and 12 kills, with spectacular .500 hitting! Gloria Mutiri also had 13 points. Brooke Heyne had 12 points from 12 kills, with impressive .257 hitting, and won match point with a powerhouse hit! Sarah Dixon had 53 assists! Service aces were a factor in the victory, with three from Zsofia Gyimes and Peyton Williams, and two each from Sarah Dixon and Kylee Zumach.

We can't fail to mention defensive contributions. Devan Fairfield led with an awesome 21 digs, Kylee had 16, and Sarah Dixon and Gloria Mutiri added 9 each. It should be mentioned that setter Sarah Dixon was the evening's blocks leader, with 3 block assists.

Here are your official recap, highlights video and box score.

An emotional and delighted Kylee Zumach's postgame comments of "everyone had our backs," referring to Athletics staff, fans in the house and the band, explains how significant this evening was to her and the team. Kylee, already #2 in career kills, notched up to 1,290 tonight.

This was clearly a team victory, and one that will be remembered for a long time.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .242 61 75 4 74
KU .173 48 64 13 68
October 10, 2018  Iowa State Gets by K-State, 3 - 1
I walked into the Field House expecting a win over Iowa State. K-State has a better record, and has beaten and competed with some very good teams. It didn't happen. Set scores were (ISU/KSU): 25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 25-16. Iowa State, now 9-10, is a better team than I guessed, and K-State fell short in blocking and offense.

Freshman Gloria Mutiri was excellent tonight, leading with 16 points, 16 kills and .429 hitting! The Cats' awesome middle blocker, Elle Sandbothe, had 12.5 points, 10 kills and .273 hitting. It was great to see Brooke Heyne in all four sets. She was third in points with 9, from 8 kills. This was Brooke's most significant playing time as a Cat. Macy Flowers had 8 points, and Kylee Zumach had 6 points. Sarah Dixon had 47 assists!

Devan Fairfield led with 13 digs, Gloria Mutiri had 9 and Sarah Dixon had 7. Elle Sandbothe, rounding out a very fine evening, led with 5 block assists, and Sarah Dixon had 3. Iowa State prevailed in blocks, 12 to 6, and in digs, 56 to 42.

Iowa State took set one, largely by hitting .484 to the Cats' .226. The Cats gave them a scare in set two, losing 25-23, as they hit only .174 to ISU's .297. The Cats turned up the burners in set three, hitting .500 to ISU's .250, winning 25-21. The fun would soon be over, as in set four, it was Iowa State who hit .500, to K-State's modest .081.

The next action is vs. the ever-annoying KU Bluebirds, next Wednesday, Oct. 17. Now 5-0, KU unfortunately leads the Big 12, after beating Texas tonight. ESPNU is carrying the match, with first serve at 8 p.m. in Ahearn.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
ISU .379 62 76 12 56
KSU .225 52 62 6 42
October 10, 2018  Macy Flowers: Leading the Big 12 in Blocks
Corbin McGuire's latest, awesome K-State Sports Extra focuses on Macy Flowers' use of vision and anticipation as a middle blocker. Today, she's #1 in the Big 12 Stats in Blocks Per Set, and #4 in NCAA Division I.
October 3, 2018  K-State loses a close one, 2-3, at Texas Tech

K-State certainly tested Texas Tech, the Big 12 leader (15-3, 4-0), tonight. Set scores were KSU/TTU: 27-25, 20-25, 25-19, 21-25, 11-15. While Tech had 17 more kills, KSU had 9 more blocks, the teams each had 5 aces, and Tech ended with 8 more points.

Kylee Zumach, now 2nd in career kills, had 16 tonight, hitting a solid .262, and leading with 18.5 points. Gloria Mutiri had 12 kills and 16 points, Peyton Williams had 11 kills and 13.5 points, and Alyssa Schultejans had 10 kills and 11 points. Zsofia Gyimes had 4 service aces. Sarah Dixon had most of the team's assists, with 46.

K-State, with some recent troubles with blocking, has been focusing on it of late, and led Tech, 15 to 6. Macy Flowers had a big night, with 10 block assists. Devan Fairfield had an impressive 26 digs, and Kylee had 19 digs, her best ever! K-State managed a set 1 win, while only hitting .178. The downfall may have been set 2, with the Cats hitting .088 to Tech's .323.

K-State, currently at the bottom of the Big 12 standings, has a week off to prepare for Iowa State, also struggling at 8-9, 1-3 on October 10 in Ahearn. The Cats were in a position to win through the entire match, and the outcome with the Big 12 leaders was very close, by several measures. Keep after it, Cats!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
TTU .206 72 83 6 93
KSU .174 55 75 15 91
September 29, 2018  K-State Loses to TCU in Four
It was Pack the House Night, and attendance was at a season high of 2,325, shortly after Football played Texas.

TCU has a solid team, and was able to prevail tonight over K-State, who had an inconsistent evening. Set scores were KSU/TCU: 22-25, 25-18, 12-25, 22-25. Suzie Fritz summarized the match with,

"I thought our middles played extremely well. I was pleased with their effort. I felt Gloria has proven to be a consistent presence for us, as well. In the end, I think we've got to stabilize our serve receive. We've got to be a better point-scoring team, and we've got to figure out how to get opponents down. There were times I thought we played exceptionally well. It's just the lack of consistency. We are still searching for it against good teams."

K-State outhit TCU .375 to .310 in set one; however, sideouts ended in favor of TCU, 65% to 58%. Set two was puzzling. In real time, K-State seemed to be playing extremely well, with excellent teamwork in terms of moving the ball, and ultimately winning, 25-18, but the box score shows the Cats hitting only .114. TCU was held to .044 hitting in set two, which made the difference, but then came back with excellent .464 hitting in set three, to the Cats' .241. Neither team hit very well in set four. TCU had a slight edge, .171 to .167, and K-State wasn't able to advance to a fifth set.

Gloria Mutiri led in offense with 13 points and 12 kills, Macy Flowers had 12.5 points (5.5 from blocks), and strong .385 hitting. Peyton Williams was next with 11 points and 11 kills, hitting an outstanding .429! Sarah Dixon had 42 assists.

K-State led in defense, with 63 digs to TCU's 57, and 8 blocks to 7, yet TCU's sideout percentages were better. Devan Fairfield had 17 digs, Sarah Dixon had 13 and Kylee Zumach, who is doing some solid work on defense, had 12.

There was impressive team play in this match, but somehow K-State needs to work on getting more kills. Up next is Texas Tech, who are leading the Big 12 at 3-0 and 14-3. It's a early start on Oct. 3, with first serve at 6:00 CT. It can be watched on FOX Sports Southwest Plus.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
TCU .224 58 71 7 57
KSU .220 47 58 8 63
September 26, 2018  K-State Swept by West Virginia
The question of the evening is, "Where was Elle Sandbothe?" Listening to the match, I heard nothing about her. She isn't listed in the box score. I sure hope she's OK!

This is the second straight loss in a sweep for the Cats, and the second in which K-State came in second in every major statistical category. Set scores were (KSU/WVU: 21-25, 15-25, 17-25).

Kylee Zumach led with 8.5 points and 7 kills. Peyton Williams had 7.5 points and 6 kills, with excellent .364 hitting. Gloria Mutiri had 7.5 points and 6 kills.

Kylee also led the team in digs. I always feel good when she's in the back row! Devan Fairfield had 8 digs. Blocking was virtually nonexistent.

I don't know what's going on with the team at this point.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
WVU .290 40 60 11 37
KSU .152 30 35 3 35
September 23, 2018  Verbal Commitment from Aliyah Carter for 2020
A tweet announced today that 5' 10" OH Aliyah Carter has committed to K-State, to begin in the 2020 season.
September 21, 2018  K-State Swept by OU in a Stunning Loss
Clearly the Cats were not mentally ready for this match, which is hard to explain after losing to #5 Texas by two points. Tonight they left Norman with a 19-25, 19-25, 21-25 loss.

While the set scores look respectable, it should be noted that K-State came in second to OU in every statistical category.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
OU .309 51 63 9 56
KSU .150 37 44 5 49

This is extremely disappointing.

September 19, 2018  K-State Loses to #5 Texas in Five Sets
I walked into Ahearn thinking K-State would give Texas a good match, and might very well win it. The Cats lost by two points, with KSU/UT set scores of: 26-24, 19-25, 17-25, 25-18, 17-19, and now have a season record of 10-2, 0-1 (Big 12).

Kylee Zumach, reigning Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, had 20 kills. She moved into 2nd place in total kills on K-State's career list... now with 1,230 kills. Kylee led both teams with 22 points. Alyssa Schultejans had 17 kills and 19 points, and Gloria Mutiri added had 14 kills, with 16.5 points. She hit .323. Sarah Dixon had... yes, this is correct: 54 assists. She came into the match leading the Big 12 with 11.86 assists per set.

There are some mysteries in tonight's match. Again, K-State lost by only two points in set five, but Texas outhit the Cats, .346 to .244, led in blocks 12 to 6, led in digs 70 to 61, and led in points, 92 to 80. Another "fun" fact is that Texas outhit the Cats .581 to .429 in set one, but lost it!

On defense, Devan Fairfield led with 20 digs. Kylee Zumach had 14 digs, so she got a double-double. Reilly Killeen had 8 digs. Elle Sandbothe led with 3 block assists, while Kylee, Peyton Williams and Alyssa Schultejans each had 2.

K-State fans left Ahearn feeling good about the season, I believe, with a record of 10-2, and knowing that their favorite team never showed any sign of being intimidated by the #5 team in the country.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .244 66 80 6 70
Texas .346 77 92 12 61
September 14, 2018  Zumach Leads the Cats to Victory Over UW-Green Bay
Kansas State traveled northeast to Minnesota for their invitational, and Kylee Zumach fulfilled a dream of playing on Minnesota's court. Playing in front of family members, she led all scorers with 22 points and 20 kills, hitting .513! She had no attack errors in 39 attempts. Also of note is that Kylee moved past the Hungarian Hammer, Rita Liliom, in career kills, and will pass K-State Athletics Hall-of-Famer (and AVCA First Team All-American) Lauren Goehring tomorrow night.

On offense, besides Kylee, Gloria Mutiri has 12 points and 9 kills, from .269 hitting. Macy Flowers had 11.5 points and 7 kills. Alyssa Schultejans had 7.5 points, and Elle Sandbothe had 6 points, hitting .333!

Kylee complimented Sarah Dixon (42 assists) on her setting. "Sarah was giving me the set I needed every single ball. She was very consistent, and I was able to go up against a really good defense and block and see it really well."

Devan Fairfield led with 16 digs, and OH Gloria Mutiri was next, with 14 digs! Other offensive players with nice dig numbers included Sarah Dixon with 12, and the aforementioned Kylee Zumach with 10. The Cats outblocked Green Bay, 13 to 5.

The Cats had dramatic leads in hitting percentage in the match, which wasn't reflected in the set scores... even in set three, which the Cats lost by two points. Overall, K-State hit .263, to Green Bay's .047. The Cats opened very strong, hitting .325 to Green Bay's .061 in set one.

Hitting % Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4
KSU .325 .205 .295 .207
Green Bay .061 –.043 .231 –.103

Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .263 53 71 13 77
Green Bay .047 42 52 5 80
September 11, 2018  Lifestyle changes lift Zumach to new level
GoPowercat.com has actually posted a story about Volleyball. (free link) Joshua Kinder visited with Kylee, and this is posted as free content. One of the things she mentions is her intention for this fall to work on her back-row defense. Guess what... she's been getting digs, and I had been noticing that. Of course, there's also starting the season as Big 12 Player of the Week...
September 11, 2018  Kansas City Was Kansas State City Tonight!
Elle Sandbothe, a native of the Greater Kansas City area (Lee's Summit, to be exact), had a fine performance in front of family and friends tonight, as she hit .444, with 10 kills. Jacque Smith's from KCMO, Mckenzi Weber is from Overland Park and Devan Fairfield is from Grain Valley, on the outskirts of Kansas City, so a fun homecoming was had. Set scores in the sweep were 25-20, 25-16, 25-22.

It was quite a night for offense, with scoring fairly balanced. The Cats hit .588 in set one, .382 in set two and .286 in set three, with their match hitting of .417 more than doubling UMKC's .202. Kylee Zumach had 14.5 points, 14 kills and .393 hitting! Gloria Mutiri, already a household name in Manhattan, had 12.5 points and 12 kills, hitting an excellent .391! Again, Elle Sandbothe's 11 points and 10 kills resulted from .444 hitting! Alyssa Schultejans added 9.5 points and 7 kills, and she hit .389. Peyton Williams was extremely efficient, hitting .556! Sarah Dixon had a whopping 46 assists in just three sets (that's 15.33 per set). Sarah leads the Big 12, with 12.03 assists per set. While we're talking about offense, Alyssa Schultejans is #2 in the Big 12, with 0.47 service aces per set.

On defense, Kylee had 10 digs, and Gloria had 7 (as did Devan Fairfield). Blocks were evenly distributed, with the Cats leading UMKC, 6 to 2.

The Cats, 9-1, are still at the top of the Big 12 standings. Next up is a weekend in Minnesota, playing UW Green Bay (5-5) and #7 Minnesota (5-2). It should be noted that Minnesota's two losses were to #12 Oregon and #2 Stanford.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .417 52 60 6 37
UMKC .202 37 40 2 35
September 8, 2018  K-State Defeats Omaha to Win Our Invitational

Sarah Dixon and Peyton Williams made the all-tournament team as K-State swept Omaha, 25-11, 26-24, 25-22. The box score shows a K-State advantage in blocking and digging. Also, the Cats' hitting (.219 to .133), while not spectacular, helped make the difference. That was especially true in set one, with the Cats hitting .387 to –.033 for Omaha, resulting in that impressive set score of 25-11.

Alyssa Schultejans led with 14 points and 10 kills. Kylee Zumach and Peyton Williams each had 9 kills, and Peyton hit .350. Macy Flowers had 8 kills, and .500 hitting!

Devan Fairfield led with 13 digs. I really like Kylee's height in the back row. She had 11 digs. Macy Flowers led with 8 block assists... roughly half of the team's blocks.

K-State ends another weekend at the top of the Big 12 standings. It's off to KCMO on Sept. 11, for a visit with UMKC... currently 7-2, and 6-1 at home. By the way, the Kangaroos lost 1-3 to Omaha on August 31.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
K-State .219 39 54 9 55
Omaha .133 35 44 5 49
September 7, 2018   Cats Get an Exciting 3-1 Win Over (RV) Oregon State.
Do you like close matches? Well... here you are! Set scores in the Cats' win were 20-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-22, as the team improved to 7-1 in their non-conference season, and maintained their #1 standing in the Big 12.

How about points? Each team had 73 points. Blocks? 15 each. Sideouts? 60% to 58%. What about assists? 53 to 52. Kills? 55 to 54. Here's your box score.

Kylee Zumach led with 19 points and 16 kills, hitting an excellent .364. Gloria Mutiri had 18.5 points and 16 kills, hitting .235. Alyssa Schultejans had 13 points, and Elle Sandbothe has 11 points, hitting .278. K-State had a slight lead in hitting: .186 to .150.

Elle Sandbothe had 10 block assists... a career high! Devan Fairfield led with 14 digs, and Kylee Zumach was close behind, with 13. Gloria Mutiri added 11, and Sarah Dixon had 9.

This match had 25 tie scores and 13 lead changes. Set two was a turning point, as Oregon State led 21 to 15, but K-State then had a 10-1 run, and 5 straight points from the excellent serves of Zsofia Gyimes! Then in set 3, Oregon State had 7 straight points, but the Cats came back with a 7-1 run, resulting in .343 hitting for the set.

Sarah Dixon had 48 assists in this match. The latest stats posted by the Big 12 have Tori Dilfer leading with 12.00 assists per set, followed by Sarah Dixon, with 11.93.

This was an exciting match. You should go to them!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Sideouts Assists
K-State .186 55 73 15 63 60% 53
Oregon State .150 54 73 15 52 58% 52
September 7, 2018  Cats Sweep North Texas in the K-State Invitational
Kansas State outhit North Texas .363 to .163 (the season's best) for a sweep and set scores of 25-18, 25-18, 25-21. Kylee Zumach led with 11.5 points and 11 kills. Macy Flowers had 10.5 points and 9 kills (and hit .571)! Gloria Mutiri had 10 points and 9 kills (hitting .467)! Then there was Peyton Williams, who hit 1.000 enroute to her 5 points. Sarah Dixon, possibly enroute to another Player of the Week recognition, had 40 assists in this match, to be followed by 48 assists vs. Oregon State, later today!

Both teams were low on team blocks. KSU had 4, and North Texas had only 2.

September 4, 2018  K-State, with Strong Stats, Sweeps Missouri State
It wasn't entirely easy, but some very good things happened enroute to a 25-18, 26-24, 25-8 sweep in tonight's home opener.

The set one score of 25-18 doesn't show domination by the Cats to the degree that the hitting percentage of .237 KSU to .093 MSU does, but Missouri State was hardly intimidated.

Set two was close, and it came down to traded set points. The Cats prevailed, but Missouri State outhit them .333 to .286; however, Kansas State took it, 26-24, after four lead changes.

Set three was a different story, as late in the set, K-State led 21-3. Ultimately, the Cats outhit the Bears .364 to –.138, with sideouts at 88% to 29%!

On offense, Kylee Zumach led with 14 points and 10 kills, hitting .318. Elle Sandbothe had a fine night, with 9.5 points, 8 kills and .333 hitting. (This was Elle's fourth straight match hitting over .300!) Alyssa Schultejans had 8.5 points, Gloria Mutiri had 7.5, Peyton Williams had 7 points and hit .500, and Zsofia Gyimes had 6 points, 4 service aces (a career high) and .500 hitting. Sarah Dixon, reigning Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, had 32 assists and 8 digs.

K-State led in defense, with 10 blocks and 47 digs, to Missouri State's 3 blocks and 36 digs, although it seemed like they were digging a lot of balls. Devan Fairfield, who had a great run on serving in set three, led with 13 digs. Sarah Dixon and Kylee Zumach had 8 digs, and Jacque Smith added 6. Blocking was fairly well distributed among the team.

With this victory, Kansas State remains at the top of the Big 12 standings in this non-conference portion of the season, at 5 - 1. (box score) (highlights video)

September 4, 2018  Sarah Dixon: Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week!!
The Big 12 Conference announced today that three consecutive matches with 40+ assists pointed to Sarah Dixon as Player of the Week. Here's K-State Volleyball's release. I had been noticing in the box scores that she was really cranking out assists, especially the 46 vs. St. Louis. Finally, Corbin McGuire has just posted a must-read Sports Extra on Sarah.
September 1, 2018  Western Kentucky Win Seals the St. Louis Invitational
K-State won two four-set matches in one day, with the WKU match beginning about four hours after the win over St. Louis! Set scores were (KSU/WKU): 25-18, 25-22, 26-28 and 25-17. Elle Sandbothe and Kylee Zumach brought home all-tournament hardware.

A first glance at the box score shows a K-State advantage of .275 to .192 in hitting, 13 to 8 in blocking and 65% to 54% in sideouts.

Alyssa Schultejans had a match-high 18 points, from 12 kills and .290 hitting. Gloria Mutiri, who has started strong in her first season as a Cat, was next with 14.5 points, from 12 kills and .281 hitting. Elle Sandbothe hit .375 or better in all three matches. She had 13.5 points, from .375 hitting and 11 kills. Kylee Zumach added 12 points. The team had 9 service aces!

Macy Flowers, who hit a solid .294, led with 7 block assists, Alyssa Schultejans had 6 and Elle Sandbothe added 5.

The most impressive stat of the match was K-State's .615 hitting in set four!

The Cats return to Ahearn Field House to tangle with Missouri State on Tuesday, Sept. 4, with an early 6 p.m. start.

September 1, 2018  K-State Prevails over St. Louis in Their Invitational
The thing that pops out when looking over the St. Louis box score is a set of very nice hitting percentages, produced by five Cats in a 3-1 victory: 25-18, 25-19, 20-25, 25-19.

Alyssa Schultejans led with 14 kills, 17.5 points and excellent .346 hitting. Kylee Zumach followed with 12 kills and 12 points, from .370 hitting. Elle Sandbothe added 11 points from 9 kills, and she hit .381! Peyton Williams also had 9 kills, and contributed 10.5 points, hitting an awesome .500! Gloria Mutiri also had 9 kills, with 10 points. Sarah Dixon had 46 assists!

On defense, Kylee Zumach's match-leading, 14-dig performance was valuable. Devan Fairfield followed with 11 digs. K-State had a slight advantage in team blocks, 5 to 4.

August 31, 2018  K-State Swept by Marquette
This was an interesting match to figure out from a box score, as the teams were relatively close in some statistical categories, including set scores (KSU/Marquette) of 22-25, 19-25, 22-25.

On offense, K-State had 53 points to Marquette's 55. The Cats had more points from a solid 9.0 blocks, while Marquette had more from efficient hitting (.303 to .255). A noticeable advantage for Marquette was 76% on sideouts, vs. 63% for the Cats. An advantage for the Cats was 9 blocks to Marquette's 4. Marquette started strong, hitting .382 in set one, but KSU hit a respectable .281. The Cats hit well in set two at .316, but Marquette hit an impressive .360.

Kylee Zumach led with 14 kills / 15.5 points, and Gloria Mutiri had 13 (hitting .400), and 14.5 points. Ellie Sandbothe came in next, with 7 kills / 9.5 points, and hit an awesome .600! Macy Flowers had 5 kills, and excellent .333 hitting. Sarah Dixon had 40 assists!

On defense, the Cats shared the load. Ellie Sanbothe had 3 block assists, Sarah Dixon had 2, and Gloria Mutiri and Macy Flowers had 3 each. Devan Fairfield and Sarah Dixon had 9 digs, and Reilly Killeen and Gloria Mutiri had 8.

August 27, 2018  Kylee Zumach: Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week!!
The Big 12 Conference announced today that Kylee's conference-best 6.17 kills per set, .330 hitting, a double-double and 12 digs in one of the Hawaii matches set her up as Player of the Week. Here's K-State Volleyball's release.
August 26, 2018  K-State Records Sweep #2 Over Hawaii
What an awesome start to the season... namely, a 25-21, 27-25, 25-19 encore victory in Honolulu!! (box score)

The first thing I noticed in the box score was the Cats' improvement from 2 blocks to 12. With that, Hawaii's hitting % dropped from .240 last night to .174 tonight. Combining that good news with very strong offense was enough to seal the deal.

Kylee Zumach led in offense, adding 20 points once again, with excellent .295 hitting. Middle blocker Macy Flowers had a solid night, with 12 points and awesome .312 hitting. Gloria Mutiri showed great promise, with 11.5 points, 10 kills and .417 hitting!!! Alyssa Schultejans was extremely efficient. Her 9 points came from .375 hitting. Sarah Dixon had an impressive 38 assists.

On defense, the 12 team blocks were a major factor in the win (accounting for Hawaii's .174 hitting). Macy Flowers led with 6 blocks, and Peyton Williams added 5. Kylee Zumach logged a triple-double, with 12 digs, 20 points and 18 kills.

Rob Voelker frequently mentioned Zsofia Gyimes's excellent serving during the Hawaii trip.

I can't wait to see the Cats in regular season action in Ahearn, on Sept. 4!!

August 25, 2018  K-State Begins 2018 with a Sweep Over Hawaii
This was so amazing and exciting! Thanks to a hurricane named Lane, it appeared doubtful that the Cats would get to play in Hawaii's invitational at all. UCLA and Gonzaga didn't show up, and tonight's postponed match was played in an almost-empty Stan Sheriff Center, as many athletics staff couldn't be there. Here's the box score.

Here's the thing: This match was close, but the Cats, as Jack Hartman liked to say, "found a way to win." Here are some numbers:
Set Scores: 25-21, 29-27, 25-20
Hitting, Match: KSU .274, Hawaii .240
Hitting, Set 2: KSU .233, Hawaii .224
Hitting, Set 3: KSU .353, Hawaii .343
Points: KSU 58, Hawaii 55
Digs: KSU and Hawaii 56

Tonight the Cats came with determination and confidence, and clearly were prepared, mentally and physically. Kylee Zumach is reportedly in her best physical condition in a long time, obviously well-recovered from her knee injury, and ready to live up to her Preseason All-Big 12 honor!

On offense, Kylee led with 20 points, Alyssa Schultejans had 11, Peyton Williams had 9.5 and Gloria Mutiri, in her debut, had 6 points. Zumach hit a blistering .364 as points leader, but Peyton surpassed Kylie, hitting .444! Sarah Dixon recorded an awesome 37 assists!

Devan Fairfield led the way on defense, with an impressive 16 digs, while teammates Zumach, Jacque Smith, Sarah Dixon, Reilly Killeen and Zsofia Gyimes added 8, 7, 7, 6 and 5 digs, respectively. Yes, defense was a team effort. The only negative of this match was an exceptionally low 2 team blocks.

This Volleyball fan is very excited about the Cats' possibilities for 2018, and the confidence shown by both veterans and new players! How about some highlights!

August 20, 2018  Exhibition Match vs. Creighton Full of Excitement and Memories
It was Kylee Zumach vs. her sister Kari, in an exhibition match in Omaha. (Twitter video) Here's the match recap.
July 6, 2018  Reilly Killeen's USWNT Experience Helps Open Her Eyes to Different Perspective
Reilly took part in the US Women's Collegiate National Team camp in Michigan from June 22 to July 1, and believes it was extremely helpful to her. She has come to believe that being a perfectionist can work against you sometimes, and this experience has helped her be able to let go of mistakes. Reilly is excited that the Cats will play in Hawaii in late August to start the 2018 season. (link)
June 27, 2018  Kylee Zumach: Preseason All-Big 12
The Cats' senior OH has been named Preseason All-Big 12. (Big 12 link) (K-State link)
May 29, 2018  K-State Volleyball's Recruiting Class Ranked No. 26
PrepVolleyball.com has ranked K-State's recruiting class #26 in its annual Top 30 list. (release)
April 21, 2018  Cats lose to the Minnesota Gophers in Exhibition
Kansas State met Minnesota on neutral ground today, at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, for their final exhibition match of the spring. The Cats took the first set, 25-18. Minnesota took the next three, 25-23, 25-13, 25-20. Minnesota is good. They were in the sweet sixteen of the 2017 NCAA tournament, and ended the season ranked #10 in the AVCA poll, with a 28-6 record.
April 12, 2018  K-State to Co-Host Spring Tournament at UMKC
K-State will be divided into two teams, and will play a total of seven matches over a five-hour period. (details)
February 28, 2018  Eight Invited to U.S. National Team Open Tryout
Numerous Cats are going to Colorado Springs for the U.S. Women's National Team tryout this weekend. Here's the report from Athletics.
February 14, 2018  Volleyball Announces Spring Competition Schedule
Volleyball has announced spring competition, as follows:
March 15  Wichita State  McPherson College  (McPherson, Kan.)
April 7  Arkansas  University of Arkansas  (Fayetteville, Ark.)
April 14  UMKC Tournament  UMKC  (Kansas City, Mo.)
April 21  Minnesota  Simpson College  (Indianola, Iowa)
January 26, 2018  Two-sport standout Peyton Williams Is a Quick Study
Mechelle Voepel of ESPNW has a nice feature on Peyton Williams, who's definitely been getting it done in Volleyball and Women's Basketball in 2017-18. We are very fortunate to have her, and she is a model student-athlete! (story)
January 24, 2018  Congrats to Dawn Cady Sullivan, UNLV Head Coach
Dawn Cady, as we knew her, is a K-State Volleyball legend. She was our program's first AVCA All-American, was First Team All-Big 12, was Academic All-Big 12 and is in the Kansas State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Dawn has been coaching at Iowa State since 2005, and leaves there as associate head coach. (UNLV release)

January 16, 2018  Blooper Reel!
Ellie and Zoomie host 02:20 of outtakes from various promo videos from the 2017 season. They tried their very best, and didn't know their antics would be downloaded forever by fans worldwide. Go Cats!