Headlines 2019
September 13, 2019  Dayton Edges K-State to Conclude the Missouri State Invitational
As shown in the mini box score below, the match was close in hitting % and set scores, with Dayton taking the match with a four-point advantage in set five.

Gloria Mutiri led with 15 points, followed by Anna Dixon with 14.5, Peyton Williams with 14 and Holly Bonde with 13.5. Peyton had solid hitting, at .333, and Holly finished at .323. Sarah Dixon had 43 assists.

Peyton had four block assists, and Anna had 3. Dru Kuck led with 24 digs, Gloria Mutiri had 18, Jacque Smith had 15, Loren Hinkle had 14 and Sarah Dixon had 13. K-State prevailed in digs, 94 to 86.

Coach Fritz called the Dayton match the best performance of the three in Springfield, and especially complimented the Cats' defense.

Up next is a trip to Denton (no... not my home town of Denton, KS... Denton, TX... for the North Texas State Challenge. The Cats will tangle with North Texas, Ohio and New Mexico next weekend.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
Dayton .190 60 80 9 86
KSU .202 60 73 8 94
September 13, 2019  Weber State Prevails in Four Sets vs. the Cats
It was a close match in terms of defense, with K-State and Weber State equal on digs and blocks. Weber State had the edge on hitting, at .298, with K-State at .259. Set scores (KSU/Weber) were: 25-21, 26-28, 21-25, 20-25.

Peyton Williams led the Cats with 17 points, hitting .407. Gloria Mutiri had 13.5 points, and Brynn Carlson added 13. Sarah Dixon had 48 assists.

Dru Kuck had 20 digs, Loren Hinkle had 12, and Gloria Mutiri had 11. Megan Vernon led in blocking.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
Weber St. .298 67 79 7 66
KSU .259 56 68 7 66
September 12, 2019  Missouri State Gets Past K-State in Their Invitational
So close! K-State took Missouri State to five sets, ultimately losing the match by two points, 25-18, 23-25, 25-13, 17-25, 14-16. This one hurts, because there were some very good individual performances... certainly including hitting.

The Cats had some strong performances in this close loss. Gloria Mutiri led with 19.5 points, with team (and career) high kills of 18, collecting 19.5 points from excellent .429 hitting. Peyton Williams added 16.5 points and 13 kills, hitting .435. Anna Dixon had 13.5 points, and also had 13 kills. The Cats outhit Missouri State .265 to .239, with a total of 72 points to the Bears' 74.

A case could be made that Missouri State won the match on blocks, with 12 to the Cats' 6. Abigail Archibong led with 4 block assists. Missouri State had 61 digs, to the Cats' 60, of which Dru Kuck contributed 23, followed by Jacque Smith's 10.

Inconsistency on offense was an issue in this match. K-State prevailed in set one, with .438 hitting, then dropped to .065 in set two. Hitting was back to .433 in set three, then down to .255 in set four.

The Cats will be back to action at high noon on Sept. 13, vs. Weber State (4-2). OK... I'd heard of them, but had to look them up. They're in Ogden, Utah, and at 26,000+ students, have a higher enrollment that K-State (which is almost from Ogden, Kansas). They're Wildcats, too, and their colors are purple and white.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
Missouri State .239 55 74 12 61
KSU .265 59 72 6 60
September 9, 2019  Molly Ramsey Commits to K-State VB
I hope it's OK for me to report this, as I learned from Molly's tweet that she's committed to be a Cat.

An Internet search shows she's a DS/Libero, in the Class of '21 at Norris High School in Roca, NE. (... or she's an investment banking analyst with J. P. Morgan). (sportsrecruits.com) (maxpreps.com)

September 7, 2019  A win over Central Arkansas Completes the K-State Invitational
A 23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-15 victory produced a win of the K-State Invitational, and a happy Wildcat day that included Football's 52-0 win over Bowling Green.

This was no pushover. Central Arkansas has a very good team, and it was a surprise after the match to see K-State's solid hitting percentage of .300 vs. the opponents' .155, doubling them in blocks, 10 to 5, and recording 63 kills to their 52. Central Arkansas did have a 76 - 68 advantage in digs, but it seemed they were digging even better. Anyway, for the third straight day, our Cats had some fine individual performances, and hung in there. I believe that the challenges (and success) in the previous two matches brought confidence that made the difference.

Peyton Williams was great, leading with 20.5 points, logging 17 kills from excellent .400 hitting (and an ace). Brynn Carlson had 17.5 points, with 17 kills from .350 hitting. Gloria Mutiri added 12 points and 11 kills, from outstanding .357 hitting.

Freshman libero Dru Kuck was super busy all night, and recorded an awesome 28 digs. Nine digs each from Jacque Smith and Sarah Dixon (who had 44 assists) certainly helped seal the victory.

It wasn't until set four that Cat fans could relax and enjoy the ride, as a lead started to develop, ending with a set score of 25-15.

Of the invitational, Coach Fritz had some of the observations you've seen here,

"We got better as we went, which has been a hallmark of the weekend for us. As the matches got longer, we got better, which, I think, in the long run is a pretty good sign. I was really proud of them through the whole course of the weekend. They showed a lot of perseverance. There were times it wasn't coming easy and we weren't playing cleanly, but we still found a way to grind through it."

Next up... in five days... is our old friends, Missouri State, and their invitational in Springfield. The teams have met 23 times. Missouri State leads 14-9; however, the Cats have won the past eight matches.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .300 63 77 10 68
Central Arkansas .155 52 64 5 76
September 6, 2019  K-State Defeats a Fine Omaha Team in Five
Legendary K-State sportscaster Dev Nelson would have called this match a "rip-snortin', barn-burnin', double-barrel, double-dip, deep-dish dilly." Both teams ended with 76 points, there were 28 tied scores and 17 lead changes.

What's important is that a few times when it looked like any chance had run out, the Cats dug in and prevailed. It seemed at times as if Omaha was digging everything the Cats sent their way, but the Cats kept their composure, ultimately winning 25-21, 21-25, 25-16, 20-25, 15-10.

OH Brynn Carlson led in scoring, with 17.5 points and 17 kills. Peyton was most efficient, with 16.5 points and 14 kills, hitting an impressive .294. Anna Dixon had 16 points and 16 kills. Gloria Mutiri had 15.5 points and 11 kills. Sarah Dixon recorded 50 assists, and a double-double with her 12 digs.

Gloria Mutiri led in blocking, with 7 block assists, and Dru Kuck had 29 of the Cats' 91 digs.

In set 3, freshman Loren Hinkle delivered the most impressive stretch of serving I can recall. From my vantage point near center court, each serve looked almost precisely the same. The result was 11 straight K-State points, and three of them came from Loren's aces. The score was 14-13 Omaha when Loren's stretch began, and when Omaha finally scored again, the score was K-State 24, Omaha 14.

Attendance was quite low, at 790. Last season, K-State averaged 1,345 per match. The Cats face Central Arkansas at 5 p.m. on September 7. Be there! (You won't see them at home again until October 2.)

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .179 61 76 8 91
Omaha .148 53 76 14 94
September 5, 2019  Cats Rally to Defeat Clemson
Bill Snyder's goal #10 is never give up. The Cats dug in after losing two sets, winning 16-25, 21-25, 25-20, 25-19, 16-14 over a Clemson team that came in 3-0.

The Cats didn't play well in set one. They weren't sharp, and hit an unimpressive .070. Things looked ominous, but they kept after it. Hitting started improving... to .205... to .241... to .400 by set four. Anna Dixon came in in set three, hitting .308, and blocking got better.

On offense, Brynn Carlson led with 15 kills and 16.5 points, followed by Peyton Williams, with 13 kills and 15.5 points. Gloria Mutiri, who would eventually seal the set five victory, had 11 kills and 11 points. Anna Dixon ended with .225 hitting and 10.5 points. Sarah Dixon had 42 assists.

On defense, Sarah Dixon led with 16 digs, and libero Dru Kuck had 14. Megan Vernon had four block assists, and the Cats ended with 8 blocks, to 5 for Clemson.

I wasn't aware that Clemson is coached by Michaela Franklin, who was an outside hitter on K-State's Big 12 championship team in 2003.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .200 54 68 8 65
Clemson .159 61 77 5 79
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!