Headlines 2020
July 27, 2020  Suzie's Favorite Match She's Ever Coached
I remember it well: Kansas State vs. Nebraska in Lincoln, after they'd left the Big 12. (Manhattan Mercury) NU was ranked #2 by the AVCA on that day. It was Round 2 of the NCAA Tournament, on December 2, 2011. The Cats went into the match 21-10, having swept WSU in Lincoln the day before.

That team was loaded. Have a look at David's K-State Volleyball Page 2011. The number of stars on that team was amazing: Caitlyn Donahue, Gina Madonia, Tristan McCarty, Kathleen Ludwig, Courtney Cook, Ashley Kelican, Alex Muff, Lilla Perubek, Natali Jones, Taylor Johnson, Kuulei Kabalis, Dakota Kaufman, Kaitlynn Pelger and Courtney Traxson.

Unfortunately, I think the final play is all I have video of, but it's sure worth a look!

July 22, 2020  Peyton Williams Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year 2020
This is hardly surprising, but very nice! Here's a story by GoPowercat.com. Here's the announcement from Women's Basketball.
June 22, 2020  K-State Earns 10th Straight AVCA Team Academic Award
Here's a tradition for you! For the 18th time, K-State VB has been honored for academic excellence. As we've come to expect, Brynn Carlson, Mckenzi Weber and Sarah Dixon made First Team Academic All-Big 12, and Brynn is Academic All-America Third Team and First Team All-District by CoSIDA. (link)
June 17, 2020  Liz Wegner-Busch to the K-State Sports Hall of Fame
Here's a great addition to K-State's Hall of Fame (link), and K-State's write-up:
The first two-time All-American in K-State volleyball history, Liz Wegner-Busch helped the Wildcats to one of their most successful four year stretches in school history, from 1998-2001. Winning 80 matches over four years, and making four NCAA Tournaments, Wegner also set the school record for career kills with 1,907 kills per set at 4.48, 20-kill matches with 27, total attacks at nearly 4,900, and total points at 2,161, over 280 more than the next student athlete. She is one of only three Wildcats to post 30 or more kills two or more times in a match, including her career high of 35 against Baylor in 1999, which ranks third in school history. Wegner was also the first K-State attacker to post back-to-back seasons of 500 kills or more in school history. Not just an offensive force, Wegner posted over 1,000 digs in her career to be one of only five players ever with over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. Her 44 career double-doubles rank fifth all-time, including three matches of over 20 kills and 20 digs, fourth-most in K-State history. A three-time All-Big 12 selection, Wegner became the first Wildcat in school history to be named to an NCAA All-Tournament team, when she earned the distinction in 2000 for the Mideast Region. Wegner was also a two-time Academic All-Big 12 selection, and earned Second Team Academic All-District honors as a senior.
May 19, 2020  Tessa Mati from Italy signs for 2020
Coach Fritz added to her No. 23 recruiting class by signing Tessa Mati to a National Letter of Intent this week.

Mati (pronounced "mah-tee") is a 6' 4" OH from Grosseto, Italy, who has played on two club teams.

Suzi said, "We are excited for the addition of Tessa to this already dynamic incoming class. She will add a strong presence, standing at 6-4, as well as experience competing at the international level. She has a great arm, and the ability to generate kills offensively, as well as a strong blocking presence at the net. She will surely increase depth to our outsider hitter group."

The incoming class includes four freshmen, OH Aliyah Carter (Dubuque, Iowa), MB Kadye Fernholz (Miller, South Dakota), DS/libero Mackenzie Morris (Dallas) and OH Jayden Nembhard (Keller, Texas), plus senior transfer setter Shelby Martin (East Carolina).

Tessa is the first Volleycat from Italy, and the 12th international recruit. Suzie is the winningest head coach in program history, with 350 victories over her 19 seasons.

Now... have a look at this brief Twitter video of Tessa putting the smack down at the net. Welcome, Tessa!

May 10, 2020  Happy Mother's Day!
Here's a nice set of tweets with K-State VB celebs and their mothers.

(First Set)    (Second Set)    (Third Set)    (Fourth Set)

Loren Hinkle & mom
May 7, 2020  Suzie Fritz has the nation's No. 23 recruiting class
I've been excited and optimistic as I've announced the Cats' recruits, as seen below. (You'll have to scroll way down, as three of them signed in November.) This week, they've been recognized as the #23 recruiting class in the country. (K-State tweet) Here's Prep Volleyball's announcement! Oh... wait. You have to subscribe to look at the actual release.
April 12, 2020  Loren Hinkle's family, relationships are crucial to her success, on and off the court
It was great to see this profile on Loren in the Collegian, after some unexpected transfers. While I had no doubt that Loren would stay on as a Cat, it's still awesome to see that confirmation, and her determination to be the best she can be.

In my write-up (below) of the Nov. 30 sweep of Texas Tech, I mentioned Loren's 23 digs, and predicted she'd be Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. On Dec. 2, the conference announced her selection!

Along witih Loren's success on the court, she's a biochemistry major, which is as challenging as any K-State major. She's always eager to learn.

Be sure to check out the positive comments on Loren in the Collegian's profile, and also this video of Loren, after a smooth move in practice.

April 3, 2020  BJ and Megan Farr Kissel Feeding KC's Health-Care Workers
Chiefs Reporter BJ Kissel played Baseball for K-State, and you'll remember Megan Farr Kissel as a middle blocker for K-State Volleyball, who was All-Big 12. They're the subjects of today's K-State Sports Extra. After an act of kindness to their daughter, McKenna, (involving Gummy Bears), BJ got the idea to provide meals from Jack Stack Barbecue for Kansas City health care workers during this challenging time for them, by way of a GoFundMe for Feed It Forward.

One good act leads to more with these things. The Feed It Forward account has raised over $41,000, as of this moment. Jack Stack Barbecue is able to feed about 125 people for every $1,000, and has pledged to donate 200 additional meals for every 1,000 people fed. This brings the number of health-care workers fed through the campaign to well over 5,000.

March 11, 2020  Brynn Carlson's Going to Disneyland!
We assume so, anyway. Brynn as been selected to the U.S. Collegiate National Team - Anaheim. The team will train from June 21-27. Also there will be the U.S. Women's National Team. We hope this is still on, considering the virus situation. (K-State announcement) (USA Volleyball announcement)
March 10, 2020  Shelby Martin has signed with the Cats!
Shelby Martin @shelllbymartin is a 5' 11" libero from Waxahachie, Texas. Here's her commitment announcement, dated March 10, 2020.

Shelby has played three seasons at Eastern Carolina, where she was honored at conference Freshman of theYear, and has been named Second Team All-AAC two times.

Suzie Fritz said, "Shelby has both experience and proven success at the collegiate level, which is what we were really attracted to and hoping to add to our young team." As a setter, she will have a great amount of influence over our team's collective success. She has good size and athleticism to upgrade our team immediately. She possesses the right kind of intangible qualities that really connected with our team." Here's K-StateVB's announcement.

March 9, 2020  Match Highlights: Wichita State
I'd been wondering when the Cats would start spring action. Apparently it was on Feb. 28. I don't know who won. (highlights on Twitter)
March 4, 2020  Brynn Carlson: Not Your Average Student-Athlete
Hey... it's been a while! Corbin McGuire has posted a tremendous, in-depth feature on junior Brynn Carlson. Talk about well-rounded... at 4.000, Brynn is an academic superstar, who's closing in on degrees in dietetics, kinesiology and nutrition. In addition, she's on her way to a master's degree in dietetics! Are we surprised that she's an Academic All-American? Along with her ambitious academic work, Brynn is involved with the university at an almost unheard-of level. She's a member of Kappa Omicron Nu, a dietetics honorary. She's involved with SGA. She's on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She's a member of Alpha Delta Pi. Brynn credits a number of people for supporting her efforts, including Suzie Fritz.

Be sure to read this awe-inspiring profile!

January 27, 2020  Brynn Carlson travels to the NCAA Convention
The Cats' Academic All-American, and the Big 12's Student Athlete Advisory Council rep, has just journeyed to Anaheim as a representive at the NCAA Convention. Here's a tweet from K-State Volleyball.
January 13, 2020  Kadye Fernholz: Gatorade Player of the Year in South Dakota!
Kadye @kadye-fernholz, a 2020 K-State signee from Miller High School, has been named South Dakota Volleyball Player of the Year. As of this moment, I don't have an official link, but here's a profile from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, from December 2019. Kadye is a 6' 1" middle blocker, who finished at Miller High School with 2,024 kills and 1,000+ digs!

1. Here's a must-see YouTube video from 8/06/19, that has Kadye's comments on recruiting, and clips of spectacular plays. Kadye says she chose K-State because she loves the coaches. 2. South Dakota Public Broadcasting: Kadye Fernholz of Miller Commits to Kansas State 3. Huron Daily Plainsman: Rustler standout commits to K-State

January 9, 2020  Gloria Mutiri Has Transferred to Oregon
Here's the word from the Manhattan Mercury on both transfers. There may be more to this than meets the eye, or it may be as simple as the Cats' 4-12, 9-19 record in 2019.
January 9, 2020  Anna Dixon Leaves Kansas State for MU
Here's news that has shocked Cats VB fans. Anna Dixon has abandoned ship. A hometown media source, Louisburg Sports Zone, has posted the news of Anna's transfer. This especially stunning because Anna grew up a K-State fan.