Headlines 2018
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!