Headlines 2020
October 21, 2020  K-State Volleyball Ranked #13 Again
The October 21 AVCA Poll is out, and the Cats, who gave #1 Texas what their writers called a "thriller" last week, retained their #13 ranking. K-State is one of three ranked Big 12 teams, with UT at #1 and Baylor at #2. (AVCA Poll)
October 20, 2020  Carter's Record-Breaking Night Keeps Spotlight on K-State Volleyball's Freshman Class
Aliyah Carter... remember the name. How about breaking a record set by All-American Kylee Zumach (26 kills by a freshman) on ESPN2? At 5' 9", our new OH is 7" shorter than Kylee, but she grabbed the record, anyway, and hit .293! It should also be noted that Aliyah accomplished this vs. #1 Texas. She also scored a Twitter shoutout from the NCAA. Aliyah's parents were sitting in front of me, and they seemed to be enjoying the evening. Oops! I almost forgot the link to her K-State Sports Extra.
October 17, 2020  Top-Ranked Texas Powers Past Cats Saturday
Texas is ranked #1 this week, and tonight they played like it. To this fan, the big stories of the match were their 18 blocks (including stuffs) to the Cats' 8, and very impressive offense, with .389 hitting, 44 kills and 6 aces. Logan Eggleston got a match-high 19.5 points and 17 kills via .405 hitting. Brionne Butler only had 12 points, but her .562 hitting made you have to keep a close watch on her. Skylar Fields hit .412, and Asjia O'Neal hit .333. Last night, the Cats took two sets from UT. Tonight it was a sweep for UT, with set scores of (KSU-Texas) 15-25, 16-25, 16-25.

I felt that the Cats were moving the ball around well tonight, but Coach Fritz informed the media that last night was better. UT's dominating blocking, however, was a major factor. Strong hits were back in the Cats' territory a second later. Jayden Nembhard, who was the previous Big 12 Rookie of the Week, didn't play last night, but tonight she led with 7.5 points and 7 kills. Kadye Fernholz and Brynn Carlson each had 6.5 points and 6 kills. Aliyah Carter added 5.5 points. Shelby Martin had 18 assists over two sets.

Mackenzie Morris wore the libero shirt, and led with 9 digs, Dru Kuck 6 and Loren Hinkle had 5. Loren seems to be put in to serve quite often, and she got an ace.

Oklahoma's up next for the Cats, in five days. OU's spent some time at the bottom of the Big 12, but in their defense, they've played Texas and Baylor. They defeated the Squawks twice this weekend.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .141 32 37 4 37
UT .389 44 61 11 36
October 16, 2020  #13 K-State Challenges #1 Texas in a Five-Set Loss
This was a match to remember, as K-State put Texas (now 7-0) on alert, with set scores of (KSU/UT) 19-25, 25-21, 25-20, 18-25, 7-15. I'm sure fans can't wait to see what the Saturday match will show.

Freshman OH Aliyah Carter, who is 5' 9", had an outstanding evening on offense. She led all players with 27 points, and 26 kills, and she broke Kylee Zumach's record for kills by a freshman. Her parents were in from Iowa to cheer for her, and seemed to be enjoying the evening very much! Aliyah hit .293, a team high. It was great to have Brynn Carlson available again. She had 20.5 points and 20 kills, hitting a solid .246. The rest of the offense was fairly evenly divided among Holly Bonde, Shelby Martin and Abigail Archibong. It was strong night for serving, with two aces from Jacque Smith, Shelby Martin, Loren Hinkle and Mackenzie Morris. Shelby had 49 assists.

On defense, Texas led with 12 blocks, with 5 by K-State, but K-State prevailed in digs, 76 to 67. Mackenzie Morris had 21 digs, Shelby Martin had 12, Dru Kuck and Jacque Smith had 11, and Loren Hinkle added 8 digs.

K-State was a bit inconsistent in hitting. In winning sets 2 and 3, the Cats hit .379 (although UT hit .387) and .293. After K-State had two sets won - and Texas on alert, Texas hit .479 in set 4, to the Cats' .182. Texas sealed the victory by outhitting the Cats .316 to –.087 in set 4.

Of the Cats' performance, Suzie Fritz said, "I think they're disappointed and a little bit angry, which is exactly how we want them to be. And somewhat optimistic about the level that they're capable of playing at. We are still a work in progress, we are still learning about each other and learning how to play together a little more seamlessly."

An interesting fact is that K-State and Texas have gone to five sets in four of the last five meetings in Manhattan. Come and see the Cats in the second match on Saturday! If Aliyah Carter turns in similar numbers, she'll be a contender for Big 12 Rookie of the Week!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .201 60 74 5 76
UT .321 67 87 12 67
October 15, 2020  Cats Improve to #13 in the Oct. 14 AVCA Top 15
K-State entered the poll at #15 last week, and without a match this past week, came up two notches! (link)
October 13, 2020  Oct. 16 Match vs. Texas Moved to 8 p.m. on ESPN2
K-State Volleyball announced today that the Texas match in Bramlage Coliseum has been changed from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., as it will be on ESPN2 instead of ESPNU. (link)
October 8, 2020  Jayden Nembhard Shines in K-State Debut
Just above is title of today's K-State Sports Extra. Jayden Nembhard, our freshman OH from Keller, Texas, is certainly having an impressive start to her career. Her Big 12 Rookie of the Week recognition is detailed in the October 6 post, just below.

For some unknown reason, she only played in one set vs. Iowa State, so West Virginia was her breakout game, including her first points... 47, to be exact, and she played in all 10 sets! The 24 kills recorded in one WVU match currently leads the Big 12. Clearly, great things are in store for Jayden.

October 7, 2020  The Cats Are Ranked!
The AVCA poll released today shows the Cats moving up in the world, from RV to #15! (link) For some reason, the poll has changed from Top 25 to Top 15. This is exciting!
October 6, 2020  Archibong and Nembhard Earn Big 12 Weekly Honors
The Big 12 Conference has announced that Jayden Nembhard is the Big 12 Rookie of the Week, and Abigail Archibong is Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. These were no surprise to me, as you can see in the October 2 post below. Jayden turned in team-leading kills and an impressive hitting percentage, and also contributed on defense. As of today, Jayden is 3rd in the Big 12 in kills and points per set played. (Big 12 Stats) Here's K-State Volleyball's tweet about Jayden's big week.

Abigail turned in impressive blocking numbers, with a 10-block total in one match. She's presently at #2 in the Big 12 in blocks. Here's K-State's announcement of Abigail and Jayden's recognitions. Here's K-State Volleyball's tweet about Abigail's Player of the Week recognition.

October 5, 2020  Tessa Mati Adjusts to American VB and New Opportunities
The Collegian has a nice profile on our new OH, 6' 4" Tessa Mati, from Grosseto, Italy. The timing for coming here wasn't the best, because of the virus situation, and she had to be quarantined (once she finally was able to get here). K-State has a good environmental engineering program, which along with volleyball, made K-State an attractive choice. (link)
October 2, 2020  K-State Beats WVU in Five Sets... Again
Former Voice of the Wildcats Dev Nelson would have called this one a double-barrel, double-dip, deep-dish dilly. Our Cats prevailed, 21-25, 30-28, 24-26, 25-17, 15-8 in Morgantown. There were several challenges, which went both ways, and some turns of events that hardly seemed possible. For example, K-State was down 9-17 in set two, but won it 30-28, and in one stretch scored six straight points. In set three, they were up 24-19, obviously at set point, then lost the set 24-26. Rob Voelker, doing radio play-by-play in Manhattan, had video from ESPN+ go down in set five, and to add insult to injury, the live stats web feed (which had gotten progressively farther behind) gave out. Rob got on Facetime with Chris Brown, Volleyball's sports information guy (who was at the match), to be able to report the final, exciting minutes of the match. Near the end, listeners were hearing a cell phone call.

Jayden Nembhard, who I believe is going to be named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, led in offense with 20.5 points, from 19 kills and three block assists. Aliyah Carter had another fine match, with 17 kills and 19 points. Next in points was freshman Kadye Fernholz, who had 12 kills and 4 points from blocks for 16 points. Kadye hit .346!! Abigail Archibong was solid, with 10 kills and 6 block assists for her 13 points, and she hit .286. Holly Bonde had 8 kills and 10.5 points. Setter Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 46 assists and an ace!

On defense, libero Mackenzie Morris had 24 digs, and Dru Kuck added 17. Abigail Archibong and Kadye had 6 block assists (and a single), and Holly Bonde added 5. The official recap points out that the defense held WVU to .105 and .000 hitting in sets four and five.

As of this evening, three of the Cats' four matches have gone to five sets. They're at 3-1, and alone in second place in the Big 12. Iowa State and Baylor play again tomorrow, and there will probably be a three-way tie for second place, 24 hours from now. The Cats will continue to improve. They lost one match to Iowa State on service errors. Tonight, they had 11 service errors, but did manage a victory, and their 7 service aces helped with that. The Cats need to try to stay away from the net, I'd say. They have a full two weeks before their next competition: Texas in Austin. Go Cats!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .197 67 87 13 87
WVU .156 56 71 12 91
October 1, 2020  K-State Beats WVU in Five Sets
Yes... you can claim you were in Morgantown when freshman Jayden Nembhard, in her first start, led all players with 26.5 points and 24 kills, with exceptional .389 hitting! She also had four digs and five block assists.

This was a close, long game, by way of five sets, countless contested calls and close scores, but our Cats clawed their way through it, and never let themselves get intimidated if they got a few points behind.

Along with Jayden's career offensive evening, Aliyah Carter had 17.5 points and 16 kills, and Abigail Archibong had 12.5 points, 7 kills, and hit .267. Kadye Fernholz was a big factor, too, with 12 points, and 6 kills and 3 aces. Setter Shelby Martin had quite a busy evening, totaling 52 assists, a service ace and her 12 digs! This was the 30th double-double of her career. By the way... Kansas State hit .556 in set five!

On defense, libero Mackenzie Morris led with 18 digs, Shelby Martin had 12, Jacque Smith had 11, Loren Hinkle had 10 and Dru Kuck had 6. Abigail Archibong led with 9 block assists, Jayden had 5, and Holly Bonde and Kadye Fernholz added 4 each.

The match had 46 tied scores, and 21 lead changes! Set scores were (KSU/WVU): 25-21, 17-25, 25-27, 26-24 and 15-13. The Cats finished set one with a 7-1 run. It'll be very interesting to see what happens tomorrow!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .238 62 83 15 66
WVU .215 72 84 9 67
September 29, 2020  Fearless Freshmen Impress for K-State in First Win
The latest K-State Sports Extra focuses on libero Mackenzie Morris and OH Aliyah Carter (both seen in the center of the photo below) in their first winning match. The Cats had a two-point loss to Iowa State in five sets on Friday, and a four-set win on Saturday.

I'm sure that freshman Aliyah Carter, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, took some enjoyment in a strong team performance vs. Iowa State. In the victorious second match, Aliyah led the Cats on Saturday with team highs of 15 kills and 17 points. Mackenzie led with 13 digs, after her 15 digs the night before. Both freshman played in all nine sets over the weekend. They're part of the #23 recruiting class nationally.

September 26, 2020  K-State Beats ISU for the First Time in Four Years
The last win over Iowa State had been September 21, 2016... a 3-1 outcome. In an interesting twist, in last night's loss, K-State had prevailed in almost every statistical category. Tonight, in a 3-1 K-State victory, Iowa State surpassed the Cats in kills, hitting %, assists, digs and points. Both teams had nine blocks, and K-State led in hitting, .234 to .228. Set scores were (KSU/ISU) 25-16, 25-23, 14-25, 25-23.

The Cats' most decisive victory was in set one, 25-16, no doubt related to hitting 75% to Iowa State's 48%. Iowa State turned that around in set three, hitting 66% to K-State's 37%.

On offense, Holly Bonde was most efficient, with excellent .400 hitting, She had nine kills and nine points. Aliyah Carter had a big night, leading with 17 points and 15 kills. She hit .222. Brynn Carlson had a busy evening, with 16 points and 15 kills. Shelby Martin had 41 assists.

On defense, freshman libero Mackenzie Morris led with 13 digs. Dru Kuck and Jacque Smith added 11 digs. Kadye Fernholz had a good night of defense, with four block assists and a single. Aliyah Carter had four block assists. Abigail Archibong had three block assists and a single.

For the two matches combined, Brynn Carlson led with 36 points, and Aliyah Carter was close behind, with 32. Shelby Martin had 101 assists over the two matches. Mackenzie Morris had 28 digs, Jacque Smith had 24, and Dru Kuck added 22.

The Big 12's two-match weekends will be interesting. They're not double-headers, but almost. Looking at the Cats' 2019 schedule, 57 days passed between matches with TTU, and three or four weeks passed between matches with most teams. Eight Big 12 teams played this weekend... all except for TCU. Of the 16 matches, 12 of them had 1-1 outcomes, with Texas winning both, and Oklahoma losing both. Will there be a pattern of split decisions, or more consistency as time goes on?

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .234 53 66 9 56
ISU .228 58 71 9 60
September 25, 2020  K-State Falls to ISU in a Five-Set Opener, But How?
K-State won these stats categories: kills, hitting %, assists, digs, blocks and points, in a 22-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-15, 14-16 loss to Iowa State. Two more points in the Cats' favor in set five would have won it.

RS Junior Brynn Carlson passed 500 career kills (19 tonight), hitting an impressive .300, and she led the Cats with 20 points. Abigail Archibong hit a spectacular .562, with 13.5 points and 11 kills. Aliyah Carter had 15 points and 14 kills. Holly Bonde also had 15 points, with 13 kills, and she hit an awesome .370! Kadye Fernholz, in her debut as a Cat, hit a solid .250 and added 10.5 points. Senior setter Shelby Martin, in her first outing as a Cat, recorded 60 assists!

Freshman Mackenzie Morris, wearing the libero jersey tonight, led with 15 digs. Abigail Archibong led in blocking, with 5 assists. There was quite a distribution on digs. Dru Kuck had 11, Loren Hinkle had 11, Shelby Martin had 12, and Jacque Smith added 13.

It'll be very interesting to see what the Saturday night rematch shows us. Obviously, ISU and KSU played very even. Something to watch for the Cats is minimizing service errors, as the team totaled 13 in the two-point loss. I'll be interested to see where the Cats go on offense. Hitting .267 against a solid opponent is good, and the Cats prevailed on offense. It was nice to see first-year players Kadye, Shelby and Mackenzie playing in all five sets, but I want to see Kayley Hollywood and Faith Hammontree get on the court. They're both 6' 5". Get 'em in there!

Finally... supposedly the season's matches were moved to the Octagon of Doom because of virus concerns, which I don't understand. The Coliseum's a nice place, but from the point of attendance, this move is questionable. Attendance was 377... possibly a record low in recent decades. The Cats averaged 1,112 in Ahearn last season. I have a feeling that this decision is locked in for the season, but I'll sure miss having matches in my favorite place on earth.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .267 68 82 8 76
ISU .214 56 70 7 71
September 25, 2020  An Oral History of the Night K-State Volleyball Shocked Nebraska
Austin Siegel has gone all-out on this K-State Sports Extra. He interviewed Suzie and six players, Tristan McCarty, Caitlyn Donahue, Alex Muff, Kuulei Kabalis, Kathleen Ludwig and Lilla Porubek, about their trip to Lincoln to play #2 Nebraska in the NCAA tournament on December 2. 2011.

Here's my NCAA tournament bracket. If you'd like to review the season, and see my recap of the historic match, here's my Headlines section for 2011. After the huge win I wrote, "Here's some perspective: With this victory, Kansas State improved its series with Nebraska to 80-4. (That's NU: 80, KSU: 4.) But... K-State (22-10) has beaten Nebraska (25-5) at home twice in the past 10 years. Only UCLA equals that achievement. Nebraska has only 10 losses in 10 years at home."

We had players that season who still are seen at matches, almost a decade later. They truly cared, and their skill and determination took them to this epic win. I highly recommend Austin's look back at those wonderful players, and that unforgettable match! Finally, how about a YouTube video of the final point and celebration?

September 22, 2020  K-State Volleyball Ready to Take Next Step in 2020
Here's a must-read K-State Sports Extra, with a big picture look at K-State Volleyball's personnel and prospects for the 2020 season. The Cats have only one senior, Shelby Martin, but return the 2019 leaders in kills (Brynn Carlson), blocks (Megan Vernon), digs (Dru Kuck) and aces (Loren Hinkle).
September 21, 2020  NCAA Division I Moves Volleyball Championship to Spring
At this point, a decision has been made by the Division I Council, but it's subject to approval by the NCAA Board of Directors. (link) This release from the NCAA is extremely confusing. It says, "The finals site of the championship is scheduled for April 23-25, with a 48-team bracket. Thirty-two of the teams will be automatic qualifiers, with 16 at-large selections."

Well, OK, but then the release talks about play in January. It continues, "Regular-season play will span from Jan. 22-April 3, with selections April 4." What? Regular season play is underway right now! What on earth are they saying?

September 19, 2020  K-State Volleyball Match Day Policies
It'll be a different world for a variety of reasons, playing in the Octagon of Doom instead of our beloved Ahearn Field House. In addition, there are seating and ticket purchase policies that have resulted from virus concerns. Here's the information. The Coliseum doors will open one hour before first serve.
September 18, 2020  Wildcats Hold Purple-White Scrimmage, Media Day
K-State VB has posted quite an in-depth recap of the four-set scrimmage on Friday evening, along with a photo gallery. While the first competition with another team will come almost a month later than usual, there are benefits in learning how to play with each other, timing, etc. Coach Fritz says the liberos are ahead of schedule. The Cats are looking forward to playing in a week, and fans are eager to get back to business.
September 16, 2020  Aren't we best friends forever?
Here's a little Twitter video with practice chatter and talking points from 19-year head coach Suzie Fritz, who needs no introduction. It's fun stuff. "Oh, you stepped on her hair... not on her head, at least. You don't need that much hair, anyway."
September 8, 2020  Best of Holly Bonde, Mic'd Up
By popular demand, Cats Volleyball fans got another installment of #15 Holly Bonde, RS sophomore, at practice. In sports broadcasting, you could call this either play-by-play or color commentary. In the entertainment world, it's stand-up comedy. Don't miss it... whatever it is. Holly says, "I'm really good at kickball." I'd just like to point out that the NCAA rules (14.2.1) do allow players to kick the ball. Contact with any part of the body is legal, although incidental contact with hair is not a fault. (Twitter video)

No... Holly's not a Bat Cat. She plays Volleyball.
September 4, 2020  Holly Bonde: "I'm like a snail."
The media peeps put a wireless microphone on Holly during practice, as she was doing some digging. She wasn't quick enough to a ball to suit herself one time, and proclaimed, "I'm like a snail." Nonsense! She had 16 digs vs. TTU last season. Anyway, don't miss this Twitter video, 'cause she does a righteous cartwheel on the Bramlage Coliseum court.

August 17, 2020  A Purple & White Scrimmage Unlike Any Other
Austin Siegel's latest K-State Sports Extra covers the intrasquad scrimmage that took place on August 14 in an empty Bramlage Coliseum. Masks were worn, and measures were in place to minimize risks, as I'm sure is the case for every practice.
August 13, 2020  NCAA Women's Volleyball Rules 2020 / 2021
Here's the link for a free download of the new rule book (PDF), or to mail order a printed copy ($10 + $12.17 shipping).

August 10, 2020  Dear Volleycats...
Oh, my... The video linked here was posted to Twitter on May 26. I totally missed it! Watching it for the first time today, I didn't initially catch on to why some of our Cats seemed to be reading what they were saying. I was focused on the current players, not the clips from past matches. They were reading messages from great Volleycats from the past: Brooke "The Assassin" Sassin, Lauren "Matty" Mathewson, Alex Muff, Kelsey Chipman, Angie Janice Lastra, Melanie Delimont, Megan Farr and Kathleen Ludwig. If you're not on Twitter, here's the video. You'll see the Cats' joy after beating #2 Nebraska in Lincoln, in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. (video of the final play)
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!
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 1,900+ kills and 300+ blocks!

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.