Headlines 2020
November 25, 2020  Kansas State Volleyball at #10 in the Final Fall AVCA Poll
Our Volleycats, 10-6 at the end of their season, are #10 for the third week in the final fall poll. Texas, 14-0, is #1 and Baylor, 13-3, stayed at #3. West Virginia is RV. Although some teams must finish their season in the spring, the Cats were fortunate to complete all 16 of their matches. The NCAA tournament is scheduled for April.
November 23, 2020  Looking Back at the Top K-State Sports Moments of the Fall
Austin Siegel has summarized memorable accomplishments of K-State teams, in today's K-State Sports Extra. It's a top ten list, and Volleyball's well represented, with 8. Aliyah Carter Arrives vs. Texas, 5. Jayden Nembhard Sparks a Sweep in Morgantown and 3. Shelby Martin Caps Triple-Double with Game-Winner. This is fitting, as at this moment, K-State is a top ten team, at #10.
November 21, 2020  #10 K-State Falls to #3 Baylor to End the Season
The Cats' season ended today, with 3rd place in the Big 12 locked in, no matter the outcome of some postponed matches. Set scores were (KSU/BU): 18-25, 23-25, 13-25. This is the best Big 12 finish in 12 years.

On offense, Brynn Carlson led with 10 points from 10 kills. Kadye Fernholz had 5 points and 5 kills, and she hit .333! Abigail Archibong had 4.5 points, Jayden Nembhard had 4 and 4 kills, and Holly Bonde had 4 points. Loren Hinkle had 2 aces, and Holly Bonde had 1. Setter Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 24 of the Cats' 28 assists. Unfortunately, the Cats' total of 29 kills was a season low.

The Cats gave Baylor a run for the money in set 2. They stopped Baylor on five straight set points in that 23-25 outcome. The Cats a 10-6 run, then Baylor responded with an 11-2 run. In set 3, the Cats were held to .000 hitting.

NCAA spring competition will begin on January 22, with postseason selections made on April 4. The NCAA Tournament will have 48 teams instead of 64. The Final Four is scheduled for April 23-25 in Omaha.

From this proud fan's point of view, this season was highly enjoyable, and it marked a big step in the right direction for the program. The #23 recruiting class made their mark. Kadye Fernholz had an impressive start to her career, and she was second in points, with 142. Jayden Nembhard was Rookie of the Week two times, and Aliyah Carter was also Rookie of the Week two times. Aliyah led the team with 247 points and 228 kills!! I don't know if senior Shelby Martin would be considered part of the recruiting class, but we were very fortunate to have her, and I'm sorry that she and Dru Kuck weren't able to be present for the final four matches. Shelby was honored as Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after a triple-double, and Abigail Archibong was Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, after a strong performance on blocks. Brynn Carlson was solid, as always, with 151 points and 143 kills. Mackenzie Morris led the team with 22 aces, and Loren Hinkle added 15. Did I mention that Shelby Martin had 399 assists?

On defense, Abigail Archibong led with 62 blocks, and Kadye Fernholz had 50. Mackenzie Morris led with 256 digs, Jacque Smith had 130 and Loren Hinkle added 117. You can check all the Cats' stats right here.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .133 29 35 3 32
Baylor .352 42 53 6 35
November 20, 2020  K-State Falls to Baylor / Two Sets Within Two Points
I felt going in that #10 Kansas State would make Baylor earn a win, if they got one, and they certainly did, assuming that 42 tied scores and 22 lead changes count. And, as mentioned above, sets two and three were decided by two points. Set scores were (KSU/BU): 15-25, 26-24, 25-27, 19-25. The Cats were again without the services of Shelby Martin and Dru Kuck. I'm sorry for them that they couldn't be present.

Hitting percentages were low for both teams, with #10 KSU at .124, and #3 Baylor at .212. The Cats did have some very impressive individual performances. Aliyah Carter led with 20 points and 18 kills. Abigail Archibong added 14.5 points, hitting an awesome .500, with 12 kills. Kadye Fernholz (with .462 hitting!), Holly Bonde and Brynn Carlson each had 6.5 points. Holly Bonde gave us two aces!

Libero Mackenzie Morris led with 19 digs. Jacque Smith had 11, Loren Hinkle had 7 and Holly Bonde had 6. Abigail Archibong led with 5 block assists. Blocking was distributed among the team, maybe more than usual. The Cats need to find some blocks. Baylor surpassed them 17.5 to 8 in that department.

The dream of finishing 2nd in the Big 12 didn't happen, but the Cats have secured 3rd place alone. Tomorrow marks the season's end (16 matches) for both teams. It'll be interesting to see how Part 2 comes out!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .124 49 59 8 57
BU .212 56 77.5 17.5 61
November 19, 2020  Ready When Called Upon
Here's a fun hype/highlight video on Twitter... posted today. Yes, of course I'm in the video, at 00:22, but more importantly, it features our Volleycats!
November 16, 2020  In Home Finale, Leadership and Roster Depth Powers K-State
Austin Siegel's K-State Sports Extra has a look at the latest in a set of eight five-set matches, and the qualities of competitiveness and composure that explain Ws in six of them by our currently #10 Cats.
November 14, 2020  K-State Prevails over TCU in Five Sets
From early on, this match did not have the same feel as last night's sweep of the Frogs, and tonight it took five sets to get a win, with set scores of (KSU/TCU): 22-25, 25-16, 25-23, 23-25, 15-11. Coach Fritz agreed, saying, "And I will say, truly, the TCU team we played yesterday, in terms of personnel, were two very different teams. It was a brand-new match, essentially. It required some on-the-fly adjusting. We talked about it going into it. We anticipated different things, and we had to understand that it wasn't going to feel like yesterday's match. I'm really excited about the competitive composure that I think they're developing. They have competitiveness that's been there all along, but to put those two words together, that's a whole different thing."

K-State was missing two starters in the TCU matches. Unfortunately, setter Shelby Martin didn't get to have her senior recognition, and libero Dru Kuck was also absent. Possibly there was some kind of COVID-19 exposure that prevented them from being present, in keeping with Big 12 policy. This match, with 588 in the Octagon, had the second-highest attendance of the season.

For offense, it was a big night for Brynn Carlson, who led in scoring with 20.5 points and 20 kills, with .308 hitting. Aliyah Carter had 19.5 points and 19 kills. Abigail Archibong had 13 points and 10 kills, and hit a spectacular .643. Holly Bonde had 9 points and 8 kills. Kadye Fernholz had 7.5 points and 5 kills. Teana Adams-Kaonohi had a very busy evening, with 55 assists. The team had their most kills in set one: 16, and their best efficiency: .405 hitting, in set five.

The team was a bit low in blocks for a five-set match, with 8, but had 82 digs. Abigail Archibong had 4 block assists, and a single. Teana Adams-Kaonohi and Kadye Fernholz had 3 block assists, and Holly Bonde had 2. Libero Mackenzie Morris led the Cats in digs, contributing 20, Holly Bonde had 14, Loren Hinkle had 12, and Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 11.

TCU is a bit of a mystery. They left MHK with a 1-7 record, but tonight gave our #10 Wildcats all they wanted. They did a good job of keeping the ball in play. They led in blocks, kills and points, but a shortcoming was hitting percentage. They have played the fewest matches of any Big 12 team. I predict that they will give Iowa State, Oklahoma and KU strong competition. They also have Texas coming up, who will probably go through conference play undefeated.

It's sad to see the Cats' home competition end on Nov. 14, but wonderful to see their success this season. K-State solidified a top-three finish in the Big 12 standings for the first time since 2008. Also, the 10 program wins are the most since 2008, and the most since the Big 12 went to 10 teams.

Up next is Baylor in Waco. KU (3-9) took a match from them, so let's go!

Here's a nice photo gallery.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .267 65 78 8 82
TCU .181 66 81 10 71
November 13, 2020  Kansas State Has an Impressive Sweep of TCU
I entered the Octagon feeling very positive about our #10 Volleycats, currently in 3rd place in the Big 12, as their season winds down. This was a super fun match to see, and there are so many positives!

TCU has a good team. The set scores (KSU/TCU) of 25-15, 25-16, 25-15 don't show a total runaway, but it was a dominating performance. The Cats' season-high .367 hitting vs. the Froggies' .088 is quite impressive, and there was consistent domination of that stat in the three sets, .259 to .000, .395 to .125 and .440 to .174!

Let's look at offense. Aliyah Carter, two-time Big 12 Rookie of the Week, had an excellent night, leading with 16 points, 14 kills and .379 hitting. Kadye Fernholz had 8.5 points and 7 kills, and she hit .700! It should be noted that she had kills that were extremely impressive. Holly Bonde was busy all night. She added 7.5 points, from 4 kills. Brynn Carlson was busy, too, adding 6.5 points from 6 kills, hitting .429! Jayden Nembhard, reigning Rookie of the Week, was only in for one set, but added 6 points, and hit .750! The Cats had 6 aces, from Kadye, Kayley Hollywood (so great to see her on the court!), Loren Hinkle, Holly Bonde, and two from Mackenzie Morris. Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 32 assists!

On defense, libero Mackenzie Morris led with 11 digs, setter Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 7, Holly Bonde had 5, and we had 3 from Aliyah Carter, Kadye Fernholz and Loren Hinkle. Abigaiil Archibong had 6 block assists. Holly Bonde added 3 block assists, with a single. The Cats prevailed in blocking, 9 to 3... something I've been hoping for of late.

Coach Fritz was pleased. She commented, "We've won some really close matches, and we've been in a lot of five-gamers. We've played more games than anybody in the Big 12, but we are finding ways to win when it matters." She added, "Just to be able to hit near .400 as a team feels really good."

Unfortunately, for reasons unknown, Dru Kuck and Shelby Martin were not present. This is especially unfortunate, because Shelby's senior recognition was announced for tomorrow's match. I wish them the best.

It will be exciting to see what the rematch brings. Here's where the 9-4 Cats stand. Texas (14-0) has won the Big 12. Baylor, now 13-3, can finish no lower than 13-5 (if the Cats sweep them). Kansas State can finish as high as 12-4, and no lower than 9-7, so three straight Ws would give KSU 2nd place in the Big 12! WVU is 7-7, with two matches at OU remaining, so they can finish no lower than 7-9. So... K-State has secured 3rd place in the Big 12, which could end in a tie with WVU. Again, the Cats can finish no less than 9-7, and WVU can finish no higher than 9-7. No other team can touch 9-7!!

Thanks to the Cats for an extremely enjoyable match, and certainly to numerous Cats for very impressive hitting.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .367 40 55 9 38
TCU .088 28 34 3 37
November 11, 2020  K-State VB's 2021 Signees

NamePositionHeightCitySchoolClub
Josie HalbleibS6' 2"Howards Grove, WIHowards Grove HSFC Elite
Molly RamseyDS/L5' 4"Roca, NENorris HSNebraska Juniors
Jaden RavnsborgDS/L5' 8"Shawnee, KSMill Valley HSKC Power

Here's the release from K-State VB.

Josie Halbeib led Howards Grove to a 21-1 season, and state title. The first thing I noticed is that she had 75 kills, along with her 153 assists this season. She's taller than the average setter. I like setters who can do some damage at the net. Here's Josie's signing tweet.

Molly Ramsey is a libero, with 1,700+ career digs, with 465 in her senior season. She averaged 4.5 digs per set, and accumulated 150 service aces. Coach Fritz described her as a hard worker, selfless, quick, athletic and a good student. Here's Molly's signing tweet.

Jaden Ravnsborg, also a libero, made the all-region team this year. Her team went 22-7. PrepVolleyball.com has her as a top-150 prospect. She logged 353 digs and 59 this season. Coach Fritz said Jaden's passion and energy motivates her teammates. Suzie described her as passionate, fast and fearless, and an excellent student. Here's her signing tweet.

These three newcomers will join this year's #23 recruiting class, which has received 4 of the 7 Rookie of the Week honors from the Big 12.

November 10, 2020  Jayden Nembhard's 2nd Big 12 Rookie of the Week Honor
The Big 12 Conference has proclaimed that for the second time this season, Jayden Nembhard is the Rookie of the Week. As reported below, she hit .417 in the return match with Texas Tech, and included in that feat was .556 hitting in set two! Also with two ROW honors is Aliyah Carter, so Volleycat rookies have received four of seven of the awards this season. (K-State VB release)
November 9, 2020  Shelby Martin: K-State's Only Senior
Linked here is a must-read K-State Sports Extra, focused on senior transfer and setter Shelby Martin. As documented below, K-State announced on March 10 her commitment to transfer from East Carolina. Two days later, President Myers informed us that the university was going to online only, after spring break.

In spite of a delayed arrival, and quarantine once she got here, she has made quite an impact! For example, she was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week on October 27, as the only player in the country with a triple double! As of this week, Shelby is #4 in the Big 12 in total Assists. Something I enjoy is that she looks for opportunities to dump the ball at the net... the move Katie Brand perfected. She plays with confidence and skill, and she's certainly had a large part in the team's improved season! And, as reported below on Nov. 7, Shelby surpassed 3,000 career assists! And, Part 4... she hit .833 in the glorious victory over Texas Tech two days ago.

November 7, 2020  Kansas State Volleycats Sweep Texas Tech
So much good stuff happened in Lubbock today, I don't even know where to start!! Our talented Wildcats have swept their double-header with TTU, including their match tonight, which had set scores of 25-16, 25-20, 25-13. I have charted the Big 12 standings. Texas will almost certainly finish undefeated in the Big 12, with visits to WVU and TCU remaining. Baylor has the Cats remaining. The Cats have TCU at home, and Baylor away. I think we have a very reasonable chance of finishing 3rd in the Big 12, with two victories over TCU. Give Baylor a couple more Ls, and the Cats can be 2nd in the Big 12! That would be cool.

Here are some items to brag to your friends about (or compliment players on): 1. The Cats hit .360, a season high. 2. Shelby Martin reached 3,000 career assists. (and she hit .833!) 3. Five Cats hit .357 or better. 4. Our opponents in Lubbock were held to .137 hitting, and in set three, to –.032! 5. Loren Hinkle successfully received 14 of 15 serves (if I understand the new box score).

Coach Fritz said, "I thought it was a really well-balanced effort in all phases. We were, offensively, more productive. We were better defensively and our transition game, in the last two matches, I was really pleased with."

Something positive about this match was that K-State put strings of points together. In set one, the Cats finished with an 11-3 run. The Cats opened set three with an 11-2 run.

Let's have a look at offense, via this fancy table.

NameHittingPoints
Brynn Carlson.42911.5
Shelby Martin.8338.5
Jayden Nembhard.4718.0
Kadye Fernholz.4297.5
Holly Bonde.3577.0

K-State's recap credited Loren Hinkle's serving for a 10-3 scoring stretch in the first set, and this included five straight points. In the second set, Kadye Fernholz was responsible for another five-point run. Jayden Nembhard hit .556 in set two!

You'll see below the shout out KSUVB gave Shelby Martin, our senior transfer, for reaching 3,022 career assists today. And, of course, just days ago she was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week!

Obviously, defense was excellent, as demonstrated by Tech's .137 hitting. Libero Mackenzie Morris had 9 digs. Dru Kuck and Shelby Martin added 8, Jacque Smith had 6 and Loren Hinkle had 5. The blocking output was lower than usual, in part because of the sweep. Kadye Fernholz led with 3 block assists, and a single.

The Cats will be in the Octagon of Doom on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13 and 14, with 6:30 P starts. March yourself over there and support them on the home stretch. Remember... they could possibly finish 2nd in the Big 12.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .360 41 49 5 46
TTU .137 33 38 3 33
November 7, 2020  Shelby Martin: 3,000 Career Assists!
November 6, 2020  Match One vs. Texas Tech Is a Win in Five Sets
You could argue that this match was a tie, but there's no tying in volleyball. Over five sets, the winner alternated with each set. The final points total was 74 for both teams. #11 K-State had 57 kills, and Texas Tech had 53. The Cats had 11 blocks, and Tech had 12. Set one had 12 tied scores, and 6 lead changes. Ultimately, the match was decided by a set five score of 17-15, in favor of the Cats. Set scores were (KSU/TTU): 25-16, 12-25, 25-15, 20-25 and 17-15.

Let's look at offense. You hear about balanced scoring being a good thing, and we more balance than in many matches, I think. Holly Bonde and Jayden Nembhard had 14 points, Holly with 12 kills and Jayden with 14. They each hit about .250. Brynn Carlson had 13.5 points and 12 kills, and Kadye Fernholz had 13, from 10 kills and 4 block assists. Kadye was exceptionally efficient, with .409 hitting (a career high)! Abigail Archibong added 11 points. Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 34 assists in four sets, and Shelby Martin added 17, in three sets. The Cats' best offense came in set three, with .406 hitting, from 17 kills, resulting in a 25-15 score.

Mackenzie Morris led the team with 23 digs (a career high), Dru Kuck had 15, Jacque Smith had 14 and Loren Hinkle had 10. Abigail Archibong was the blocks leader, with 6 block assists and a single. Holly and Kadye each added 4 block assists.

Coach Fritz said, "One of the things I like most about this team is their competitiveness, and I think it really showed up late when we really needed it." She singled out Abigail for being competitive, with high praise for Holly Bonde for being composed, along with Jayden Nembhard for her play in general.

The DS/liberos also got a shout out as a group. Suzie said, "Our liberos made some really significant plays late in the match, that gave us opportunities to score." The Cats held Tech to .000 hitting in set one!

The Cats have gone to five sets seven times this season, and have won five of them. Here's the photo gallery for the match.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .195 57 74 11 80
TTU .173 53 74 12 71
November 3, 2020  Aliyah Carter: Big 12 Rookie of the Week
The Big 12 Conference has announced that freshman OH Aliyah Carter is Rookie of the Week, for the second straight week! She earned this recognition on performances vs. KU in the Sunflower Showdown. In the Thursday match, she recorded 22 kills and .450 hitting! For her encore performance on Friday, Aliyah had 23 kills, a career-high 8 digs and 5 blocks. Therefore, for the KU week, she averaged 5 kills per set, and .322 hitting! She's third in the Big 12 in kills per set, which leads all freshmen. She and Jayden Nembhard have three of the six Rookie of the Week honors this season. (Big 12 release) (K-State Volleyball release)
October 30, 2020  K-State Prevails Over KU in Five Sets
Our #11 Volleycats went to five sets vs. the poultry tonight, and improved to 6 - 4 for the season, with set scores of (KSU/KU): 22-25, 25-21, 25-19, 17-25, 15-10. It's interesting to note that this is K-State's 6th five-set match, out of 10 played. They haven't won every time, but they've stayed engaged and competitive, and have only been swept by #1 Texas.

It was a pretty good offensive performance, with .250 hitting, and totaling 61 kills to KU's 55. Aliyah Carter wasn't the most efficient Cat in hitting, at .250, but she kept swinging, and led the team with 26 points and 23 kills! Holly Bonde was impressive. She had 11.5 points and 10 kills, and hit .360! Kadye Fernholz also had 11.5 points, from 9 kills. Abigail Archibong was definitely a factor, with 9.5 points and 7 kills, and she hit an outstanding .600! Jayden Nembhard had some critical hits, adding 5 kills. Service aces are always fun. Mackenzie had 2, and Jacque, Loren and Dru each contributed an ace.

Kadye Fernholz and Abigail Archibong each had 5 block assists. Aliyah Carter had 4 block assists, and 1 single, along with her 23 kills. Mackenzie Morris, libero, led with 18 digs, Jacque Smith added 14, Loren Hinkle had 9, Aliyah Carter had 8, Dru Kuck with 7 and Kadye Fernholz had 6, so the team was sharing the work on defense. The Cats recorded 73 digs to KU's 57, which certainly contributed to the W.

On Nov. 6, the Volleycats will journey to Lubbock, to play Texas Tech (3-7). Let's get it done! There is a very reasonable chance that K-State can finish 3rd in the Big 12 Conference.

Finally, there's a real nice photo gallery for tonight's match, compliments of Scott Weaver, and very few Jayhawks are visible.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .250 61 77 11 73
KU .201 55 79 13 57
October 29, 2020  Cats Fall to KU in Four Sets
K-State went into Lawrence vs. a team that was motivated for a number of reasons, including the 55-14 Football loss, a season record of 1-7, K-State Volleyball's #11 ranking and the prospect of reaching Ray Bechard's 400th victory. Individual Cats had some impressive performances, but as a team, didn't quite get it done tonight. Let's even the series tomorrow!

The match went to four sets, with scores of (KSU/KU): 11-25, 23-25, 25-11, 22-25. The Cats led in kills, points, and digs, and they had just 1 less block, but KU was more efficient in hitting, at .323 to .267. The teams each had 9 service aces, while the Cats had 3 more service errors.

Now, to some impressive performances! Aliyah Carter, Big 12 Rookie of the Week, led all players with 22 points, from 22 kills and .450 hitting! Jayden Nembhard, a previous Rookie of the Week, had 13.5 points and 12 kills, and she hit .450! The team combined for 9 service aces. Shelby Martin had 35 assists.

On defense, Mackenzie Morris led with 12 digs, and Kadye Fernholz and Loren Hinkle each had 5. Blocks were fairly evenly distributed among several players.

Areas for improvement, in the eyes of this non-expert, are the need for more blocks production, and trying to reduce the number of service errors.

OK, Cats... I've been bragging about your #11 ranking at every opportunity, and you've done great things this season, including giving #1 Texas what their own media called a thriller. Let's have no mercy on the Squawks on Friday night!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .267 44 59 6 35
KU .323 42 58 7 31
October 27, 2020  Aliyah Carter and Shelby Martin: Big 12 Players of the Week
Success continues for Kansas State Volleyball, and the recognitions listed here resulted from two wins over Oklahoma, who the Cats had not defeated since November 2017. The Big 12 Conference announced today that senior setter Shelby Martin is the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week! In the Thursday match, Shelby had 39 assists, helping her team toward solid .257 hitting. On Friday, Shelby took the law into her own hands, and delivered 38 assists, but there was more. She did something that Katie Brand perfected. Shelby started dumping the ball over the net, and ended with 11 kills and .769 hitting. 38 assists + 11 kills + 11 points = a Triple Double... K-State's first since 2014.

A week ago, referring to Aliyah Carter, I wrote, "Remember the name," after she broke a Kylee Zumach record. On Thursday vs. OU, Aliyah led all players with 17 kills and 17.5 points. She wasn't done. The next night, Aliyah again recorded 17 kills, and thanks to a big night of blocking, led all players with 20.5 points. Those performances resulted in being named today as Big 12 Rookie of the Week. (Big 12 release) (K-State release)

October 27, 2020  Meet the Liberos, the "Heartbeat" of No. 13 K-State Volleyball
Austin Siegel focuses on K-State's defensive players in the latest K-State Sports Extra. Jacque Smith is a redshirt junior, Loren Hinkle and Dru Kuck are sophomores and Mackenzie Morris is a freshman... normally designated as the libero.

Written here after the sweep of OU, "Mackenzie Morris, libero, had 18 digs, and 2 aces. Our defensive specialists were subbing in and out all night. Jacque Smith had 13 digs, Dru Kuck had 9, Loren Hinkle had 8. Shelby Martin, as mentioned earlier, had 10 digs. The Cats prevailed in digs, 73-60." Our #13 Cats are currently #12 in Division 1 in team digs, and are also #3 in the Big 12 in team digs and digs per set. Loren told Austin, "We've been working a lot on our transitions. That's helped a lot. We're getting a lot better at putting plays together, a dig to a set and a set to a kill."

Suzie Fritz says our liberos are doing "a tremendous job" of keeping us in rallies. Be sure to read all the positive aspects of the group in the Sports Extra.

October 23, 2020  #13 K-State Prevails in Five Sets vs. OU
This undefeated weekend will help the Cats remain ranked and confident. Set scores were (KSU/OU): 25-23, 25-16, 20-25, 21-25, 15-13.

Let's begin with a shout out to our setter, Shelby Martin, who got herself a triple double, with 38 assists, 10 digs and 11 kills, and .769 hitting! Shelby found occasions to dump the ball on OU at the net, like the legendary Katie Brand used to do. (This was K-State's first triple-double since a big night for Katie Brand in 2014.) Our senior transfer from Texas, via East Carolina, is playing with confidence, and is a great asset. She recorded the 20th triple-double in KSUVB history.

It wasn't a record-breaking night for the Cats on offense, with only .159 hitting, but how about Aliyah Carter, with 17 kills for 20.5 points (some from blocks)! Kadye Fernholz had a solid night, second in points with 13.5, from 10 kills, 5 block assists and an ace. She hit .250, with two or three hits that should be on a highlights video. Holly Bonde had 11.5 points from 11 kills, and .250 hitting.

Mackenzie Morris, libero, had 18 digs, and 2 aces. Our defensive specialists were subbing in and out all night. Jacque Smith had 13 digs, Dru Kuck had 9, Loren Hinkle had 8. Shelby Martin, as mentioned earlier, had 10 digs. The Cats prevailed in digs, 73-60.

I've been concerned about blocking. Tonight, OU had 19 blocks, to the Cats' 7. It seems to me that the Cats need to try not to hit into their opponents, right at the net. For example, Texas outblocked the Cats 12 to 5, and 11 to 4 the next night. To be fair, K-State surpassed WVU on blocks in one match, 15 to 9.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .159 59 71 7 73
OU .120 46 73 19 60
October 22, 2020  K-State Celebrates Renewed #13 Ranking with a Sweep of OU
I wrote two days ago, "Remember the name," after Aliyah Carter broke a Kylee Zumach freshman kills record on Oct. 16. Tonight, in three sets instead of the five (vs. Texas) when she had 26 kills (5.6/set), she recorded 17 (5.2/set), leading all players, and also led all players with 17.5 points. We're keeping Aliyah, and that's final!

On offense, Holly Bonde added 10 points, Kadye Fernholz had 9.5, Brynn Carlson had 9 and Megan Vernon had 6. Holly Bonde and Brynn Carlson each had 8 kills. A fun fact is the Cats had 9 aces, led by 4 from Mackenzie Morris, with five other Cats adding one each. Shelby Martin was busy, with 39 assists. We saw impressive hitting: Megan Vernon at .714, Kadye Fernholz at .357 and Holly Bonde at .333!

I've been concerned about blocking (although Texas can make that a problem for any team). Megan Vernon, along with her epic offensive efficiency tonight, drew praise from Coach Fritz as "an elite blocker." I've wondered why we haven't seen her in a lot in earlier matches, and happy that she played three sets tonight.

Good things happened on defense. OU was held to .092 hitting for the match, and by set hit –.038, .094 and .207, and had a modest 22 kills.

To this untrained observer, I thought the Cats played well together (good passing, etc.). I felt they were making an effort to not be predictable in terms of who would send the ball over the net, and how. I'm looking forward to tomorrow night's match. Attendance was only 355. Let's get some more fans in the seats tomorrow. Finally, this match resulted in a nice photo gallery.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs
KSU .257 46 60.5 5.5 47
OU .092 22 31 6 39
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 Rookie 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.