Headlines 2021
July 1, 2022  NCAA Women's Volleyball Rules: 2022-2023
I've just ordered the latest NCAA Volleyball rule book. It will be in effect for the next two seasons. I take it to every match, to assist the second referee, as needed. You can download a PDF for 0¢, or you can buy a printed copy from the NCAA.
June 22, 2022  Aliyah Carter: Unanimous Preseason First Team All-Big 12
Here's a headline that's no surprise. Our star OH and junior-to-be was unanimously honored by the Big 12's head coaches. (link) In December, Aliyah was named First Team All-Big 12, and AVCA First Team All-Midwest Region.
June 18, 2022  Volleyball Reveals Big 12 and Full 2022 Schedules
Here's K-State's Big 12 schedule, and while we're at it, K-State's complete 2022 schedule. Let's go!! (By the way, here's a different version of the 2022 schedule.
June 17, 2022  Shaylee Myers
Shaylee... mentioned just below... is here. We've got her! Here's what K-State Volleyball has to say. "Myers was a four-year starter for Lincoln Southwest High School in Lincoln, Nebraska, and left as the program's all-time leader with 1,536 kills and 161 service aces. In 2021, she finished with 489 kills (4.8 per set) and a .372 hitting percentage, which was sixth-best in the state."

Shay is officially enrolled this summer, as a freshman in English.

May 28, 2022  Shaylee Myers from Nebraska is a Volleycat!
A Fresno State commit for two years, Shaylee saw the light. The 6' 0" OH is headed south from Papillion, Nebraska. (She'll be driving by Lincoln on the way here.) The Lincoln Journal Star has a nice story. She's one of their 2021 first team Super-State players, along with our Ava Legrand.

Shay, in her final season, had about 489 kills, hitting an amazing .372. Along with that, she contributed 303 digs, 44 blocks and 35 aces, and finished as her school's career leader in kills, with 1,536! Here's her announcement tweet.


Shaylee Myers
May 2, 2022  Aliyah Carter Enjoys the View from Above the Net
Here's a must-read K-State Sports Extra... a profile on Aliyah Carter, plus a look at how her vertical leap helps the team.
May 14, 2022  Congratulations to Holly Bonde, Kayley Hollywood and Haley Warner
K-State Volleyball posted a nice tweet on this graduation day, honoring Holly, Kayley and Haley.


Holly

Kayley

Haley
May 4, 2022  Mic'd Up w/ Suzie Fritz
Here's a couple of minutes with Coach Fritz and the Volleycats. They're doing some kind of drill, over at the Ahearn gymnasium. It's fun. (Twitter video)
March 24, 2022  Lauren Ramatowski Feels at Home Back in Manhattan
As a KSUVB fan who was probably at all of Lauren's home matches (2007-10), I'm 100% behind her selection as assistant coach. D. Scott Fritchen has just posted quite an in-depth visit with Lauren, as today's K-State Sports Extra. She brings all kinds of experience from several institutions, and she's very well-suited to tell the K-State story to recruits. You'll like her focus on building relationships with players. This is very good news!
March 21, 2022  You Knew Her as Lauren Mathewson...
Suzie Fritz announced today that Lauren Ramatowski is coming home! She's our new assistant coach, replacing Trent Sorensen, who moved to SMU. Lauren was a Volleycat in the 2007 - 2010 seasons, with some excellent teams. She has coached at several schools since leaving, and has an impressive resume. This is very good news! Here's her Twitter account.

December 22, 2021  Volleycats Are Smartycats
As tweeted here, K-State Volleyball's fall average GPA is 3.377, and five: Holly Bonde, Kadye Fernholz, Loren Hinkle, Tessa Mati, Jaden Ravnsborg and Mackenzie Morris, scored a 4.000. As posted here on Nov. 17, eight players received Academic All-Big 12 recognition, with seven on the First Team. That's very nice work!

December 8, 2021  Ground Is Broken for the Morgan Family Volleyball Arena
It was a nice-but-brief event in the Cat Town area today, as ground was broken for the Morgan Family Arena and Olympic Training Center. Ward and Brenda Morgan were lead donors, and many thanks to them. There were remarks from Gene Taylor, Suzie Fritz, Danny Cavender and Richard Myers. The arena will seat about 3,100. (photo gallery) (video) (K-State Sports Extra)
December 7, 2021  Aliyah Carter's AVCA First Team All-Midwest Region
Aliyah Carter: The hits just keep coming! In 2020, Aliyah was AVCA Midwest Region Freshman of the Year. She's now First Team All-Midwest Region. (K-State announcement) (AVCA announcement)

Here are some of her accomplishments:
   • team-leading 431 kills and 4.03 kills per set
   • 2nd in the Big 12 and 44th in the U.S. in kills per set
   • career highs in digs (269), aces (19) and blocks (52)
   • average 4.06 kills per set is 1st for KSU in the rally scoring era
   • 13 double-doubles

December 4, 2021  Ava Legrand, 2022 K-State signee, guided her team to a state title
Amy is a setter for her Nebraska high school, Papillion-La Vista South, as well as team captain, and her team's just won their second state title. (Twitter) (Lincoln Journal-Star)
December 3, 2021  Cats Fall to Florida State in the NCAA Tournament
Florida State (20-9) will continue their season, and Kansas State (15-13) ends with a winning record after Round 1 of the NCAA tournament in Lincoln. The top story of the match is probably errors, as the Cats hit .077 to FSU's .340. Kansas State, in three sets, hit .135, .027 and .070.

There were some bright spots on offense. Haley Warner hit .375, with 8 kills. Kadye Fernholz hit .333, with 6 kills. Aliyah Carter led with 9 kills, but was in negative numbers with hitting, as was Holly Bonde, with 7 kills. Holly has given us tremendous matches over her time at K-State. I will miss her so much! Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 25 assists, 7 digs and 2 aces.

On defense, the Cats had 1 block, to FSU's 6, but was close in digs (43 to 50). Mackenzie Morris led with 9 digs, Aliyah Carter had 8, Teana added 7, and Jacque Smith and Loren Hinkle added 6 each. We had a scare with Mackenzie Morris, who had some sort of mishap on the court, but I'm very thankful that she was able to return to play, after some recovery time.

To conclude for now, I had a wonderful time watching the Cats this season, and I'm ready to start the next season next week. Some highlights were winning 2 of 3 at the Gaucho Invitational in California, sweeping the K-State Invitational, sweeping Missouri, sweeping Texas Tech, and getting the first win at Iowa State since 2007!!

To all our Volleycats and staff... thanks for the memories!!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
FSU .340 39 48 6 50 3
KSU .077 33 39 1 43 5
December 2, 2021  A Chance at New Life (video)
This awesome video on Twitter is a combination farewell to seniors Holly Bonde, Kayley Hollywood and Jacque Smith, plus some clips from the NCAA Tournament selection show. Don't miss it!
December 1, 2021  Aliyah Carter's First Team All-Big 12!
Here's the exciting news from K-State Volleyball, and the Big 12 Conference. The Manhattan Mercury has weighed in, too.
November 29, 2021  More NCAA Tournament Fun
D. Scott Fritchen has posted a K-State Sports Extra, K-State Gets Redemption, Makes 2021 NCAA Tournament Field. Also, here's NCAA Selection Show Photo Gallery
November 28, 2021  K-State will play Florida State in the NCAA Tournament
The Cats are in! They only have to hop on a bus to Lincoln, for the Dec. 3 match at 4:30 P.M.

Florida State (19-9) isn't seeded in the tournament. The Cats' (15-12) RPI, posted today, is 47, and Florida State's is 19. Here's the NCAA's Tournament Bracket, and be sure to have a look at K-State Volleyball's announcement!

This is great. The Cats, until today, have been carrying a 30-something NCAA RPI. Last year, in a week when they were ranked #10 in the AVCA poll, the Volleycats weren't invited to the NCAA Tournament, after the field had been reduced from 64 to 48.

November 27, 2021  Morgan Family Arena: Fall 2023
Ward and Brenda Morgan, known in Manhattan for the Midwest Dream Car Collection and the web site development company, CivicPlus, have stepped forward with a major donation toward the Morgan Family Arena, which will be a 3,100-seat facility, dedicated to K-State Volleyball.

Here's the announcement from K-State Athletics. This facility will demonstrate K-State's commitment to our beloved Volleyball program. Since our players will practice there, it will have them much closer to resources in the Vanier Complex, meals at the West Stadium Center, etc. The program won't need to coordinate practices, camps, etc. with Basketball and Track. The $24,000,000 facility will be done in under two years. Here's information on the facilities master plan.

November 27, 2021  KU wins the second match of the series
K-State and KU have been hovering around the same place in the Big 12 standings this season. They came into this series one win apart in season records, and both at 6-8 in Big 12 competition. If you look at the match notes posted in advance of this series, the similarity of the two teams' stats is stunning, but the Volleycats were just a bit higher in most season stats categories. I expected this to be a battle, and as you can see below, both matches went to extra sets.

Ultimately, the Squawks swept the series. Tonight's outcome was (KU/KSU): 21-25, 20-25, 25-16, 25-21, 15-12. Five more points (in Set 5) would have won this for K-State.

On offense, the Aliyah Carter had a very busy evening. She led with 19.5 points and 18 kills, although her hitting % was low. Kadye Fernholz was next with 13.5 points and 11 kills, and she hit an excellent .333. Holly Bonde, who I will miss greatly, had 11.5 points and 11 kills. Hayley Warner had 10 points and 8 kills, and she hit a solid .304. Sydney Bolding had 6 kills, with solid .312 hitting. Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 48 assists. At the end, KU had .222 hitting, and the Cats hit .206, but KU prevailed more strongly in kills, 71 to 56. K-State had 7 aces, and KU had 6.

On defense, both teams had 10 blocks. Sydney Bolding and Kadye Fernholz each had 5 block assists. Teana Adams-Kaonohi and Haley Warner each had 4 block assists. Also in the defense department, KU had 85 digs, and the Cats had 83.

Have a look at the full box score, and you'll see how close the teams' performances were in numerous stats categories.

Coach Fritz emphasized problems with consistency in her postgame press session. She said that in terms of the NCAA tournament, she believes the Cats are a bubble team.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KU .222 71 87 10 85 6
KSU .206 56 73 10 83 7
November 26, 2021  Kadye Fernholz Video Profile: "It's all about the fundamentals." (with Dad)
Be sure to have a look at this Twitter video, and interview with the Volleycats' sophomore middle blocker, Kadye Fernholz. I've enjoyed visiting a little bit with Kadye's parents, who sat near me at some home matches. They make the long trip from Miller, South Dakota to support their talented daughter.
November 26, 2021  KU Wins Match 1 of the KU Series
The Squawks prevailed in four sets, in the first match tonight in Bramlage Coliseum. Set scores were (KU/KSU): 25-22, 21-25, 25-23, 25-14. The archrival teams now have identical season records of 15-11, but the poultry (7-8) moved a notch above the Wildcats (6-9) in the Big 12 standings. The Squawks outperformed the Cats in hitting percentage: .254 to .136, in digs: 67-49 and in blocks: 11 - 7.

On offense, Aliyah Carter led with 16 kills and .214 hitting, with 18 points. Sydney Bolding was extremely efficient, with .368 hitting. She had 9 kills and 11 points. Haley Warner also had 9 kills, and 10.5 points. Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 37 assists. The Cats had too many errors to win, hitting .136. To their credit, they hit an impressive .324 in Set 2, but their other three sets came in low, at .087, .079 and .038.

Let's recognize some aces: Mackenzie Morris: 4, Jacque Smith and Loren Hinkle: 2, and 1 each for Aliyah Carter and Kadye Fernholz.

On defense, libero Mackenzie Morris had 16 digs. Four Cats: Teana Adams-Kaonohi, Aliyah Carter, Jacque Smith and Loren Hinkle, each had 7 digs. During warm-ups, I noticed that Sydney Bolding was impressive getting above the net. Well, she led the team with 4 block assists.

Several times this season, we've seen our Volleycats rebound from a first-match loss with a nice victory the next day. That is the plan!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KU .254 55 72 11 67 6
KSU .136 46 63 7 49 10
November 24, 2021  Jacque Smith Takes on Long-Time Family Rival in Final Home Weekend
D. Scott Fritchen has just posted a must-read K-State Sports Extra with the title above. A recurring point in the profile is her proper upbringing. Her family doesn't like KU. In her younger years, she was a Missouri fan, which immediately explains her dislike for poultry... especially poultry dressed in the primary colors of red, blue and yellow.

Jacque is a kinesiology major, and a goal is to have her own gym. The more immediate goal this weekend is to send the ever-annoying KU home with two Ls. Jacque has been a steady contributor to our volleyball program, and we're sure she'll play an important role in that mission. We will certainly miss her.

November 19, 2021  Texas 3, K-State 0 again
Some good things happened, but K-State couldn't get past #2 Texas, after a strong start, with the Volleycats hitting .429 in Set 1. The set scores were (UT/KSU): 25-19, 25-16, 25-13.

Aliyah Carter led both teams on offense, with 12.5 points and 12 kills, although it must be recognized that two UT players had plus .600 hitting... just not as many kills. Aliyah hit .250, and the game recap reports that she hit .800 in Set 1, and Haley Warner hit .500. Holly Bonde and Haley Warner each had 6 kills, and Kadye Fernholz had 5, with very solid .300 hitting. Teana Adams-Kaonohi and Sydney Bolding each had 3 kills, with Teana hitting .400. None of the Cats produced an ace this evening.

On defense, the teams tied at 32 digs, with 6 digs from Teana, and 5 digs each from Aliyah Carter, Jacque Smith, Loren Hinkle and Mackenzie Morris. Sydney Bolding led with 3 block assists, and Haley Warner had 2. Blocks were fairly even for the teams, with 6 for Texas, and 4 for the Cats.

Unfortunately, the story of the match may be that the Cats dropped from spectacular .429 hitting in Set 1, to .000 in Set 2, and hit only .097 in Set 3. Texas, late in the season, has lost only one match... to Baylor.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
UT .360 40 55 6 32 9
KSU .156 35 39 4 32 0
November 18, 2021  Texas 3, K-State 0
As expected, Texas, #2 in this week's AVCA Division I Poll and 21-1, was a handful, as was the partisan crowd of 3,595 in Gregory Gymnasium. Set scores were (UT/KSU: 25-16, 25-16, 25-15). The most concerning stat was UT's .398 hitting, vs. the Cats' .099. On the bright side, K-State is still tied for #4 in the Big 12 standings, and has an RPI of 36 this week. It appears the NCAA may expand the tournament field to 68, for some reason. Realistically, probably no more than three or four Division I teams could have gone into Gregory Gym tonight and won (although Baylor did take one match from UT in Waco).

On offense, Holly Bonde had a very solid evening, leading the Cats with 10.5 points, 10 kills and .241 hitting. Aliyah Carter had 10 points and kills, but didn't have efficient hitting. Teana Adams-Kaonohi, Jacque Smith and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week Mackenzie Morris each had an ace. Something interesting I noticed was that the fairly decisive UT win, the Cats had 27 total kills, to UT's 40. Along with that, the Cats hit a respectable .241 in Set 1.

On defense, Aliyah Carter and Loren Hinkle each had 6 digs, and libero Mackenzie Morris had 5. Not surprisingly, considering UT's .398 hitting, the Cats had virtually no blocking. Kadye Fernholz had 2 block assists, and Holly Bonde and Haley Warner added 1 each. UT's hitting in three sets came in at .385, .500 and .323.

OK... let's not forget what happened in Ames six days ago. The Volleycats, who lost to ISU in match one, with .139 hitting, strolled back in there the next night and swept them! Let's go, Cats... no mercy!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
UT .398 40 56 7 43 9
KSU .099 27 32 2 31 3
November 17, 2021  Eight Volleycats Named Academic All-Big 12
K-State Volleyball announced today that eight players received Academic All-Big 12 recognition, with seven on the First Team, and Mackenzie Morris receiving special mention for her 4.000. Here's the announcement from the Big 12 Conference.
November 16, 2021  Mackenzie Morris: Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week Again
The Big 12 Conference announced today that libero Mackenzie Morris is Defensive Player of the Week... a repeat from her selection on October 19. Here's K-State VB's announcement. The Big 12 said,
"Morris helped the Wildcats split a road series against Iowa State. The sophomore led the Big 12 with 4.29 digs per set last week, and turned in 16, leading K-State to its first win in Hilton Coliseum since 2007 (3-0). Morris is one of four players in the league to average better than 4.00 digs per set on the season."

November 13, 2021  K-State 3, Iowa State 0 — First Win in Ames Since 2007
I felt going into this two-match series that it wouldn't be easy, but either team had a chance. I wasn't far off-base, as each team took a match. Today's outcome was (KSU/ISU): 25-23, 25-13, 25-23. The Volleycats are now tied with WVU for 4th place in the Big 12.

Let's not go farther without recognizing a fine performance by the Dubuque, Iowa native, Aliyah Carter, who led all players with 15.5 points and 15 kills, and she hit an impressive .300! In the first match, Aliyah led the Cats with 12 points and 11 kills. There's a lot more good stuff to report for the team today.

In other good news on offense, Holly Bonde had 10 kills from .290 hitting, Haley Warner had 7 kills from .294 hitting and Sydney Bolding hit .455 in adding 6 points. The Cats hit .282 for the match. In Set 2, the team hit .542, with 14 kills, and hit .300 with 19 kills in Set 3.

Impressive defense was a big factor, as K-State held ISU to .133 hitting, with .080 hitting in Set 1, and .091 in Set 2! The Cats had 12 blocks, to ISU's 7. Sydney Bolding led the way with 8 block assists, Holly Bonde had 5 and Kadye Fernholz and Haley Warner had 4 blocks. Libero Mackenzie Morris led all players with 16 digs.

Hats off to the Volleycats for a tremendous team performance! OK... enough from me. Be sure to have a look at K-State's official match recap!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KSU .282 43 58 12 39 3
ISU .133 32 44 7 41 5
November 11, 2021  Cats Lose at Iowa State with Low Hitting
I had been looking forward to this series as an opportunity, as the Cats have (had) a high-enough RPI for a tournament invitation. I expected this match to be closer than the box score shows. Actually, set scores alone are pretty good (ISU/KSU): 25-21, 23-25, 25-20, 25-17. The Cats now stand at 14-8, 5-6 Big 12.

On offense, Aliyah Carter led with 11 kills and 12 points, although her hitting was a disappointing .147. Hayley Warner had 9 kills and 11 points, hitting .182. Sydney Bolding was most efficient, with solid .278 hitting. Kadye Fernholz had 9.5 points and 7 kills. Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 35 assists.

On defense, Haley had 4 block assists, and Kadye Fernholz had 3. Mackenzie Morris had 14 digs, and Aliyah Carter and Loren Hinkle each added 5. Jacque Smith and Holly Bonde had 4 digs.

The Cats had some good moments, but Iowa State had 62 digs (which explains the Cats' .139 hitting). Ultimately, the Cats dropped from pretty good .235 hitting in Set 3 to .000 in Set 4, and therein lies the loss. I'm not writing off the second match. The Cats have split series with three teams this season. They're at 14-8 this season, and Iowa State is 16-8. The Cats have recently been in 3rd place in the Big 12 standings, and their NCAA RPI is 38. I'm looking forward to the next match!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
ISU .231 60 71 6 62 5
KSU .139 44 52 6 45 2
November 10, 2021  Ava LeGrand Is an AVCA High School First Team All-American
I just accidentally discovered that on the same day that Ava LeGrand signed with K-State, the AVCA published their list of high school All-Americans. That's a pretty good day's work for our new setter from Papillion, Nebraska!
November 10, 2021  Quite a Successful Signing Day for K-State Volleyball
You'll want to read the full announcement from K-State Volleyball on the three players signed today for the 2022 season. It goes into great detail, and I'm sure it will leave fans very excited for the 2022 season!

2022 K-State Volleyball Signing Class
Name
Position
Height
Hometown
High School
Club
Aniya Clinton
OH
6' 2"
Midland, TX
Midland
Texas Advantage
Ava LeGrand
S
6' 0"
Papillion, NE
Papillion-La Vista South
Nebraska Juniors
Brenna Schmidt
MB
6' 6"
Eagle, NE
Elmwood-Murdock
Nebraska Juniors
November 1, 2021  The 10 Greatest Upsets in NCAA Volleyball Tournament History
I just found this post by the NCAA: The 10 greatest upsets in NCAA volleyball tournament history. The big win wasn't news to me at all. I just don't recall ever seeing this Top Ten list from NCAA VB. Here's YouTube video of match point. Or, if you like, here's the QuickTime video I downloaded 10 years ago. Oh... here's the set-up: K-State made the trip north to Lincoln, Nebraska, as #2 NU was hosting a regional. There was a partisan crowd of around 8,000. The Cats won in five sets. Here's my 2011 season schedule. Here's my 2011 Headlines Section that describes the huge victory.
October 28, 2021  Balanced Attack Aids Cats in Series Sweep of TTU
Let's start by complimenting the Volleycats on two wins over a very good Texas Tech team. What I'll remember most about this series is that Tech seemed to dig about everything we sent over the net. In her post-match comments, Suzie Fritz said,
"That's a good volleyball team in Texas Tech. They're gritty. They dig like crazy. You think you're going to put a ball down, and then it comes back again. You've gotta be really patient, and I was just thrilled."
Actually, the Cats got more digs, but I felt TTU players were very resourceful in getting their hands on our attacks. They ended this match with 64 digs, to the Cats' 67. Another item of interest is Tech hit .445 in Set 1, which they won. Match scores were (KSU/TTU): 21-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-19. BUT... even though they lost Set 1 (by only 4 points), the Cats had their best hitting (.290) in that set!

Kansas State's all-time record vs. Texas Tech is 42-14. Did you know that in the Big 12, which began in 1996, among the current member schools in the conference, K-State is second in all-time Big 12 win percentage? Texas Tech is second-lowest in wins.

Let's not go past paragraph two without a huge shout out to middle blocker Sydney Bolding on her efficient hitting. She put the hammer down on Tech, hitting .556. I had no idea of her numbers during the match, but definitely noticed along the way that Sydney was contributing in a major way, so thanks much for transferring in, Sydney!

No doubt the Cats are intent on making the NCAA tournament this year, after just missing last season, when the field was reduced to 48. This series win was a critical step, as they're facing road trips to Iowa State (12-7) and to the ever-annoying Texas (who I now call the University of Austin) (17-0), both on the road, before the poultry from Lawrence come to town to conclude the regular season. As of this moment, the Cats' NCAA RPI = 46.

Continuing the shout outs beyond the aforementioned Sydney Bolding... Mackenzie Morris led the match with 22 digs, Kadye Fernholz hit .333 (Kadye's hitting .294 this season), Aliyah Carter led with 15.5 points and 13 kills, Loren Hinkle treated us to 3 aces, and Holly Bonde, who had 13.5 points, had a decisive block at match point! (Twitter video of Holly's match point kill) Teana Adams-Kaonohi had an impressive 47 assists!

On offense, Aliyah Carter led with 15.5 points and 13 kills, Holly Bonde and Sydney Bolding each added 13.5 points, Hayley Warner had 12.5 points and Kadye Fernholz had 12 points.

On defense, Sydney Bolding and Haley Warner had 5 block assists, and Kadye Fernholz had 4 block assists + a single. Libero Mackenzie Morris had a busy evening, contributing 22 digs, Aliyah Carter had 12 and Jacque Smith had 11.

Here's the text of post-match comments by Suzie Fritz, and a match recap in the Collegian.

The Volleycats have another bye week, before they begin a challenging road tour, up and down Interstate 35: Iowa State and The University of Austin (he he).

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KSU .223 56 75 11 67 8
TTU .172 50 62 10 64 2
October 27, 2021  Volleycats Survive in Five vs. Texas Tech
It was a barnburner in the Octagon, with highs and lows, but our Cats got the W, via set scores of (KSU/TTU): 25-23, 25-20, 24-26, 18-25, 15-12. At first serve tonight, KSU and TTU were two teams in a five-way tie for 4th place in the Big 12 standings. Now K-State's alone in 4th place. Two very good teams faced off tonight... and statistically, their numbers after the match were often similar, as you can see in the box score below. K-State did prevail in kills, 70 to 58, although Texas Tech led in digs, 90 to 80. It seemed like they were digging everything! Texas Tech had one more block than Kansas State. Something that just about did the Cats in was 11 service errors.

As of today, Kansas State's NCAA RPI is 46. The team, ranked #10 in Division I in the final 2020 AVCA Poll, would have made the tournament, had the NCAA not reduced the field from 64 to 48. With a 13-7 record now, and if they finish strong, there's a good chance they'll get an invitation. Winning the two TTU matches, vs. a team with a similar record, should be a step in the right direction. Coach Fritz has real interesting postmatch comments. Also, Holly Bonde and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week Aliyah Carter have postmatch comments. Both are audio.

On offense, Player of the Week Aliyah Carter was impressive. She led all players with 24 points. Carter and Holly Bonde led the match with 21 kills each. (a career high for Holly!) In fact, several Volleycats had nice hitting percentages: Sydney Bolding hit .278, Holly Bonde hit .246 and Kadye Fernholz hit .241. Haley Warner and Kadye Fernholz each had 10 kills. Here's a shout out for Loren Hinkle and Mackenzie Morris, who each had 3 aces.

On defense, Kadye led with 6 block assists. Mackenzie Morris (last week's Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week) led with 19 digs, Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 17, and Jacque Smith and Loren Hinkle each had 12 digs.

The Purple Cats and Red Raiders will tangle again on Friday night, with a 6:30 first serve.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KSU .190 70 86 8 80 8
TTU .194 58 72 9 90 5
October 26, 2021  Congrats to Aliyah Carter, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week!
I visited the Big 12's site yesterday, wondering if she'd get it, but it wasn't until today, Tuesday, that the announcements were made by the Big 12 and K-State Volleyball. K-State Volleyball posted a video to celebrate the honor.

The honor resulted from Aliyah's performance in the second match vs. TCU, in four sets. She had 23 kills, .327 hitting, 3 aces, 7 digs and 26 points. That's a nice collection of numbers for our unanimous Preseason All-Big 12 outside hitter!

October 22, 2021  Cats win 3-1 at TCU, with impressive performances
What a difference a day can make, as they say! It was 24 hours ago that KSU hit .091 in Fort Worth. Tonight's number was .301! Last night, Aliyah Carter produced points, but had –.051 hitting, and tonight she hit .327. Actually, some Volleycats had impressive hitting last night (.467 for Sydney Bolding), but as a team, hitting errors were reduced from 36 to 15.

On offense, Aliyah Carter contributed 26 points and 23 kills, hitting .327! Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 10 digs, plus 40 assists! (Oh... and she hit .636!) (The official write-up of the match says Teana "flirted with a triple-double." Apparently points don't count.) Sydney Bolding and Haley Warner each added 9.5 points. Sydney led with 7 block assists, with solid .308 hitting, and Haley had 8 kills. Kadye Fernholz had 9 points and 7 kills, and how about her .400 hitting?! The Cats recorded 6 aces, led by 3 from Aliyah Carter.

Now, to defense. Libero Mackenzie Morris, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, led with 18 digs. Jacque Smith had 12 digs, Teana had 10, and Loren Hinkle had 9.

Set scores were (KSU/TCU): 23-25, 25-15, 25-14, 25-21. While the Cats barely lost Set 1, they did hit .308, and in their impressive Set 3 win, they hit .436!!

Suzie Fritz said, "Significant improvement and a big bounce back match for us. I thought our swing management was excellent. We made much better attack choices, particularly in transition. Additionally, we were able to upgrade our serving, which allowed us to be a lot more effective in our ability to score defensive points."

After Baylor takes care of WVU tomorrow night, there will be a five-way tie for fourth place in the Big 12, as KSU, TTU, KU and OU now have 3-5 records.

Up next for the 12-7, 3-5 Cats (on Oct. 28 and 29 in Bramlage Coliseum), will be encounters with 13-8, 3-5 Texas Tech.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KSU .301 58 73 9 63 6
TCU .159 45 50 4 61 1
October 21, 2021  Cats lose to TCU, after excessive errors
I go for the box score, as soon as match results come in. TCU, lowest in the Big 12 standings, were joined by the Cats today via today's outcome. As with a few other matches, the two teams were very close in several stats. Set scores were (TCU/KSU): 26-24, 25-17, 23-25, 25-16. Curiously, KSU ended with 68 points, to TCU's 65 points. Both teams had 49 kills. KSU prevailed in blocks, 16-15. KSU had 3 aces, to TCU's 1. KSU had 44 assists, compared to TCU's 46. TCU did have more digs, 52 to 46. To this untrained fan, TCU defeated KSU because the Cats had 36 attack errors, and TCU had 23. KSU's hitting percentage of .091 was low, but actually, TCU's .202 wasn't dramatically higher. The story tonight, it seems, is K-State's high number of attack errors.

On offense, Aliyah Carter led with 16.5 points and 13 kills, but had hitting of –051. Sydney Bolding had a fine evening, with .467 hitting. She had 11.5 points, and 9 kills. Kadye Fernholz added 11 points, with 6 kills, but while she leads the Cats with .315 hitting this season, her outcome tonight was .000. It was just an off night. Haley Warner added 9 points and 8 kills, and Jayden Nembhard had 7 kills. Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 41 assists. Loren Hinkle had 2 aces.

On defense, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week Mackenzie Morris led with 13 digs, and Aliyah Carter had 10. Kadye Fernholz led all players with 10 block assists, a season high for the Cats!! Sydney Bolding and Aliyah Carter each added 5 block assists.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KSU .091 49 68 16 46 3
TCU .202 49 65 15 52 1
October 19, 2021  Video Shout Out to Mackenzie Morris (Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week)
K-State Volleyball has tweeted a brief video edit of our adorable and fierce libero, #20 Mackenzie Morris, who's the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. You'll see a couple of heroic pancakes in the video. Mackenzie recorded 19 and 22 digs in the WVU matches, this past weekend.
October 15, 2021  WVU Defeats KSU in the Second Match
I predicted, based on season stats, that the matches with WVU would be close. Set scores were (WVU/KSU): 25-14, 25-20, 25-22. There was a season high home crowd of 1,748 for this match.

Back to the match being close: While the Set 1 score of 14-25 was disappointing, the second and third sets were lost by 5 points and 3 points. KSU prevailed in blocks, 12 to 10. WVU had 59 digs, to KSU's 55. WVU had 36 kills, to KSU's 32. There was a noticeable margin of 7 to 2 on aces, with WVU winning that category.

Both teams had substandard hitting efficiency, with WVU at .146, and KSU at an exceptionally low .072 (the lowest since .015 on Oct. 11, 2017). Hitting numbers for K-State in the three sets were .000, .067 and .125, and therein lies the loss.

Suzie Fritz, in postmatch comments, commented on "uncharacteristically high errors," and said, "I didn't think we made great decisions offensively tonight." She said, "Sometimes as an attacker, in an effort to try and make plays, you make errors, and you try and force things that aren't necessarily there." Personally, I wonder if sometimes there's such a thing as trying to make too big a play. Suzie was concerned about "way too many unforced errors." Finally, Suzie had an interesting point, that among Big 12 teams, WVU is currently holding opponents to the lowest hitting percentage.

I felt that although the offense in Set 1 (.000 hitting) was disappointing, K-State was definitely competitive with WVU, and the Cats made them earn their victory.

On offense, Aliyah Carter led with 17 points and 14 kills. Holly Bonde had 8 points and 7 kills. Kadye Fernholz also had 8 points, with 4 kills. A fun fact, which I mentioned to Kadye's parents before the match, is that Kadye leads the team in season hitting percentage, at .325!! Loren Hinkle and Sydney Bolding each had an ace. It was certainly good to have Haley Warner available again. She led the Cats with .222 hitting. Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 28 assists.

On defense, the Cats prevailed in blocks, 12 to 10. Kadye Fernholz and Aliyah Carter each had 6 block assists, and Sydney Bolding had 5. Mackenzie Morris was quite impressive, with 22 digs!! Jacque Smith had 8. Teana Adams-Kaonohi and Loren Hinkle each had 7 digs.

Over the season, I've thought that the Cats have done a nice job of being hard to predict on attacks. I felt that tonight, that maybe the Cats were a bit more predictable on who would attack. I'm no kind of expert. It was just a feeling I had. In conclusion, the Cats played a very good team close tonight, and beat them yesterday. They'll work on offense next week, and have a road trip to Fort Worth to pay a call on TCU, who are setting at the bottom of the Big 12 rankings at this point. I predict two glorious victories down south!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KSU .072 32 46 12 55 2
WVU .146 36 53 10 59 7
October 14, 2021  K-State Defeats WVU in Four Sets
After looking over the advance notes on KSU (11-5) vs. WVU (12-4), I expected this to be a close match. The momentum did go back and forth, but looking at the box score, KSU prevailed in several categories. Set scores were (KSU/WVU): 22-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-18. Here's a shout out to Teana Adams-Kaonohi and Aliyah Carter, who recorded double-doubles! Now, to the box score...

On offense, Aliyah Carter led all players with 19 points and 18 kills. Jayden Nembhard had 16 points and 14 kills. Kadye Fernholz had a big night, with 14 points and 11 kills, especially considering her .375 hitting and production of blocks! I whined every time Holly Bonde subbed out, considering her blockbuster performance vs. OU. Holly had 12 points and 10 kills, in no small part due to .296 hitting! Teana Adams-Kaonohi (owner of a double-double) had 46 assists and 10 digs. In addition, Teana, who struggled somewhat with serving last season, led the team with 3 aces. Oops! I almost didn't mention that the Volleycats hit .368 in Set 3!

On defense, Kadye Fernholz had 6 block assists for 3 blocks, and Sydney Bolding had 5 assists and a single, for 3.5 blocks. Libero Mackenzie Morris led with 19 digs! Aliyah Carter had 16, Loren Hinkle had 14, Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 10 and Jacque Smith had 7. Holly Bonde, who was so efficient on hitting, had 4 block assists. Have you seen D. Scott Fritchen's awesome K-State Sports Extra on Holly Bonde two days ago?

Suzie Fritz said, "That's a big win for us. We spent a lot of time over the last week or so just trying to tighten the bolts on our defensive system." Suzie was very pleased about holding WVU to .117 hitting.

It will be very interesting to see how everything goes in the second match, on Friday at 7 P.M.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KSU .219 55 74 13 73 6
WVU .117 20 59 7 72 2
October 12, 2021  Holly Bonde Brings Straightforward Approach to K-State Volleyball
I've never met Holly Bonde, but I have great appreciation for her. In addition to being a reliable and versatile contributor on the court, she brings lots of energy, determination and humor to the court. Oh... did I forget to mention skill? She's the kind of person you want as your teammate.

D. Scott Fritchen has posted an awesome K-State Sports Extra today, a profile of Holly, and her straightforward approach, as she describes it. She says, "I can come off aggressive and strong, but I make important individual connections, so people are comfortable around me. I take pride in that." You see her constantly interacting with her teammates, supporting them and entertaining them with her fun sense of humor.

Coach Fritz says, ""Holly wears a lot of hats. Her leadership has really evolved. Her confidence has really grown as a leader. She's one of our most consistent players, in how she shows up to work every day."

Holly says (and I definitely agree), "My range is what makes me so successful. I might not always be the heavy hitter, but I'm able to hit on many different places on the court, and I'm able to see where the defense isn't at, and mix it up. That's where I generate my most kills. I play tough."

It was great to come in from K-State's home Football game vs. OU, to learn that Holly had put the smack down on OU Volleyball in Norman, with 20 kills and 23 points. I know Cat fans are delighted to have her on our side.

October 11, 2021  Oct. 15 Is Dollar Day: K-State Volleyball vs. WVU
K-State Athletics is doing a promotion for the second match vs. WVU, at 7:00 P. All tickets and select concessions are $1. Here's a link for ordering a ticket. The first match is on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 P.
October 8, 2021  Unbreakable Bond
I highly recommend this 3.5-minute video (with clips and comments), focused on the Volleycats' victory at OU on Oct. 2. Holly Bonde laid 23 points on the Covered Wagon, as Robert calls them. Up next is West Virginia (12-3) on October 14, in the Octagon of Doom and Despair. (Twitter link)
October 2, 2021  Holly Bonde Leads the Cats to a Victory over the Covered Wagon
Wahoo! I came in from Football's loss to OU, to find that the Volleycats defeated the Sooners (whatever that means), 3-1. Set scores were (KSU/OU): 19-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-16. And... our awesome Volleycat, Holly Bonde, had a career night, leading all scorers with 23 points! K-State's now 10-5, 1-3 Big 12.

On offense, the aforementioned Holly Bonde amassed 20 kills, with impressive .372 hitting, and with her 2 block assists and 2 single blocks, recorded 23 points. Aliyah Carter had a productive night (or late afternoon, I guess), with 15 kills and 17 points. Kadye Fernholz added 9 kills, with spectacular .444 hitting. Kadye had 4 of the Cats' 7 service aces. Sydney Bolding and Haley Warner each had 6 kills. Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 49 assists.

On defense, Sydney Bolding had 4 block assists and 2 singles, and Haley Warner had 2 assists and 1 single. Aliyah Carter, who we think of for her work on offense, led with 17 digs, libero Mackenzie Morris was next in line with 15 digs, and Teana and Loren Hinkle had 8.

Back to Holly Bonde... the recap mentions that 8 of her 20 kills came in the second set, helping the Wildcats respond from their set one loss. Holly hit .500 in set two, with just one error on 14 attacks. She hit over .300 in three of the four sets! Of Holly's performance, Suzie Fritz said,

"Holly was just having one of those days where she was seeing things really well, making great hitting choices with the ball, staying really high and getting good deflections off the block. She was terrific."

It's a bye week for the Volleycats, who will next play on Oct. 14, when WVU drops by. It should be noted that for whatever reason, the next match is on a Thursday, with the second on a Friday.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KSU .229 58 75 10 63 7
OU .163 46 56 8 63 2

October 1, 2021  Cats Lose on the Road to OU
I may not have much interesting to report, as I only heard the beginning of coverage of this match. I was over at the Alumni Center, watching Liz Wegner Busch entering the K-Staate Sports Hall of Fame.

In terms of stats, this was another close loss. OU hit .234, to the Cats' .193. They scored 75 points, to the Cats' 66. OU had 59 kills, to the Cats' 56.

Aliyah Carter led with 18.5 points and 16 kills, but hit .127. Sydney Bolding had a strong performance, with 14 points, 12 kills and spectacular .500 hitting! Haley Warner and Holly Bonde each had 9 kills, and Kadye Fernholz had 7 kills.

Mackenzie Morris had a whopping 21 digs, and Jacque was great, too, with 18 (her best of the season). Sydney Bolding and Kadye Fernholz had 4 block assists.

In summary, K-State's going to have to get more reliable hitting. You're not going to win matches hitting .193.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
OU .234 59 75 12 70 4
KSU .193 56 66 9 67 1
September 27, 2021  Liz Wegner Busch to the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame
On October, an awesome class of nine will enter the Hall of Fame. Her achievements and honors include: 1,907 career kills, 4.48 kills per set, 27 20-kill matches, ~ 4,900 total attacks, and 2,161 total points. Liz had over 1,000 digs in her career -- one of only five players ever with over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. She was All-Big 12 three years. She was Academic All-Big 12. We're fortunate to have her teamed with Brian Smoller for K-STATEHDTV coverage of matches. (link) Liz is featured in this K-State Sports Extra.
September 26, 2021  Cats Lose a Second Match to #10 Baylor
In postgame, Suzie Fritz said this could be the best Baylor team she has ever seen. They certainly were a handful. Set scores in tonight's sweep were (Baylor/KSU): 25-22, 25-17, 25-15. The two teams' box scores (link) weren't quite as close as last night, but once again, Baylor prevailed in hitting, .398 to .202, but oddly, kills were just 42 to 41 in favor of Baylor.

On offense, Aliyah Carter led the way, with 18 points and 18 kills, and she hit a solid .275 on 40 attempts. Kadye Fernholz was hitting at a very high rate early. She finished with 9 points and 8 kills, hitting .211. Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 34 assists. K-State, unusually, recorded no service aces.

The Cats distributed the load on defense. There were 10 block assists; therefore, 5 team blocks, and Baylor had 6 blocks. The teams were similar in digs, with 30 for KSU and 32 for BU. Libero Mackenzie Morris had 11 digs. Jacque Smith and Loren Hinkle each added 5 digs.

Up next for the Cats is a trip to Norman, Oct. 1-2, while OU Football will be up here. (Cats' schedule) As of today, OU sets at the bottom of the Big 12. (Big 12 schedule)

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
Baylor .398 42 54 6 32 6
KSU .202 41 46 5 30 0
September 25, 2021  Cats Lose to #10 Baylor
In the first of two weekend encounters, and the first Big 12 matchup of the season, the Cats were swept by #10 Baylor. Set scores were (Baylor/KSU): 25-16, 25-21, 25-17. Attendance was listed as 1,157! K-State (9-3) saw an eight-match winning streak broken. Looking at the box score, many stats categories were close. There was a total of 9 points difference in points. Baylor had 4 blocks, and K-State had 2. Baylor had 42 digs, and K-State had 41. Serving and serve receive numbers were almost equal. The dramatic difference was in hitting percentage, with Baylor hitting .350, and KSU at .150.

On offense, Aliyah Carter delivered, as usual, with 14 points, but oddly, her hitting percentage was .122. Haley Warner had 8.5 points, but hit .000. Kadye Fernholz had 6.5 points, and hit .357!

On defense, K-State had an exceptionally low blocks total of 2, although Baylor only recorded 4 blocks. K-State had 41 digs (Aliyah Carter with 10, Jacque Smith with 9 and Mackenzie Morris with 8), and Baylor had 42 digs.

The most striking thing from the box score - and Coach Fritz referred to this in postgame - was allowing Baylor's players to hit at high efficiency. Hannah Sedwick hit 1.000. Avery Skinner hit .467 (and led with 17 points), and their star player, Yossiana Pressley, hit .406, resulting in 16 points.

Finally, something unusual was that K-State had 0 service aces, and Baylor had 1.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
Baylor .350 44 49 4 42 1
KSU .150 38 40 2 41 0
September 22, 2021  K-State Volleyball Looking to Meet Objectives Entering Big 12 Play
Our 9-2 Volleycats have gotten their first D. Scott Fritchen K-State Sports Extra. (link) The team has won eight straight matches, and its two losses were to ranked teams... namely Pepperdine and NU. #10 Baylor is next on the agenda, this weekend. While there has not yet been any Big 12 play, the Cats are in third place among Big 12 teams in non-conference competition. They ended the 2020 season ranked #10 in the AVCA poll, and ended spring in 3rd place in the Big 12.
September 18, 2021  K-State (9-2) Wins the Omaha Challenge
The Volleycats and Football Cats were playing concurrently this Saturday afternoon. I haven't missed home Football in 50 years, so I didn't get to hear Rob Voelker's coverage, but it was a fine afternoon for both teams! Set scores were (KSU/Omaha): 25-11, 25-21, 22-25, 25-19. Attendance is listed as 572, so the Cats were no doubt dealing with a very partisan home crowd! Unfortunately, Kadye Fernholz got some sort of foot injury a few days ago, and wasn't able to play. We hope she's back in action soon!

Aliyah Carter, Preseason All-Big 12, struck again! She led with 16 points and 15 kills, hitting .273. With her 13 digs, write down a double-double for Aliyah (her sixth of the season)! Haley Warner was solid, with 15 points and 12 kills. Sydney Bolding had 11 points, 7 kills, 2 aces and hit .500! Holly Bonde added 6 kills, and she hit .238. She played in two sets. Setter Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 43 assists. The Cats began and ended strong on offense, with .406 hitting in set one, and concluding with .324 hitting in set four.

On defense, Kayley Hollywood did great. She had 8 points, 6 block assists and 2 single blocks. This made Kayley the first Volleycat this season to record double-digit blocks! Coach Fritz said, "I thought that was Kayley Hollywood's best match in terms of her play at the net. There are productive touches (at the net) and then there are stuffs, and she did both, and did a really good job at controlling the net." Haley Warner had 6 block assists. Libero Mackenzie Morris led with 17 digs. Aliyah Carter had 13, and Loren Hinkle had 11 (and, no surprise, she added 2 aces... her 6th straight match with an ace).

Congrats to Aliyah Carter, Omaha Challenge MVP, and to Mackenzie Morris and Teana Adams-Kaonohi, named to the all-tournament team.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KSU .225 48 69 15 63 6
Omaha .087 44 53 7 67 2

September 17, 2021  Volleycats (8-2) Make it 7 Straight with a Win over Weber State
First, if they're going to pronounce their school's name wrong, why don't they spell it Weeber State? OK... now I've got that off my chest.

Today's match was a tale of 25-23s. Congrats to the Wildcats, who once again found themselves in a close match, but didn't get intimidated or discouraged. They kept sawing wood, and won the final three of four sets. Set scores were (KSU/Weber St.): 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-23, and yes, it was a barnburner.

Aliyah Carter and Jayden Nembhard were invaluable on offense, and recorded season-high kill totals. Aliyah led with 23 points, 22 kills and .422 hitting! Jayden Nembhard had 20 points and 20 kills. Also invaluable was Teana Adams-Kaonohi, with a double-double from 51 assists and 13 digs. Sydney Bolding added 10.5 points and 6 kills. Holly Bonde had 7.5 points and 7 kills, via solid .253 hitting. She didn't start today, but I always feel confident with her on the court, and she's always the life of the party!

Suzie Fritz called the Cats' serving exceptional. There were 8 aces, led by Mackenzie Morris with 3, and the total coming from five players.

On defense, the Cats had 86 digs total. Libero Mackenzie Morris had 24 digs!, Jacque Smith had 17, Aliyah Carter had 16, Teana had 13 and Loren Hinkle had 7. They held Weeber State (sorry... can't help myself...) to modest .195 hitting.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KSU .240 63 79 8 86 8
Weber State .195 50 66 6 73 10
September 16, 2021  Built Different: Chris Brown
K-State Volleyball's sports information man Chris Brown is in Omaha with the Cats today. He grabbed a Molten® volleyball from a basket, and launched the unsuspecting ball nearly the length of the court, to a basketball goal at the opposite end. Swish! That's three points for Chris, from a spectacular shot... documented on video for the ages. Add to that a victory dance that will be copied by youngsters nationwide. (Twitter video)
September 16, 2021  A Harry Potter Fanatic and a Nail Biter Get on a Bus...
We begin with introductions. Aliyah Carter is a Harry Potter fanatic. (I'm semi-fanatical, with several of the books, and about all of the DVDs.) Kadye Fernholz is the nail biter. I used to be bad about that. In high school study hall, I ran across a picture of a spiral in a Popular Mechanics magazine. You were supposed to stare at the spiral for a while, then give yourself a hypnotic suggestion. This was in the late 1960s. I haven't bitten a nail since then!

The two Volleycats were likely headed to Omaha, to collect their next two glorious victories. (Twitter link)

September 14, 2021  A Reunion of Cats in Columbia
How time flies! It's been almost 10 years since K-State has played Missouri. The last encounter was on October 26, 2011 in Columbia, with a 3-2 win for our Wildcats. Our hero, Brynn Carlson, is at MU, working on yet another degree, after earning three B.S. degrees and an M.S. (For an unknown reason, Brynn didn't play today.) Also playing for MU is Anna Dixon, who's over there studying nursing, after a fine freshman season in MHK.

Before we go farther... I'd just like to pass on my condolences to the team for having to drive through Lawrence to get to Columbia. The things you ladies go through to give us a volleyball season... Thank you!

Today's defeat of MU in three sets included a domination in major stats categories, as shown below. Set scores were (KSU/MU): 25-23, 25-20, 25-20. KSU's season now stands at 7-2, and the Volleycats are the owners of a six-match winning streak!

On offense, Preseason All-Big 12 honoree Aliyah Carter led with 18.5 points, from 16 kills and 5 block assists, and .433 hitting. Not surprisingly, Jayden Nembhard had a big day, with 17 points from 17 kills. She hit an impressive .324. Here's a shoutout to Loren Hinkle, who produced 4 service aces (a career high)! Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 35 assists, and Loren Hinkle added 3 assists. Coach Fritz appreciated the Cats' rhythm and timing.

On defense, holding an opponent to .140 hitting says a lot. Holding MU to .000 in set three was quite impressive! The Cats had an 8-to-5 advantage in blocks, with 5 assists from Aliyah Carter and Kadye Fernholz. Kadye apparently suffered a foot injury late in the match. We all wish her the best. Teana Adams-Kaonohi led with 11 digs (and a double-double), libero Mackenize Morris had 9, and there were 5 each from Aliyah Carter, Jacque Smith and Loren Hinkle. A fun fact is that the Cats have out-blocked all nine opponents this season.

Today's match is another in which the team didn't get intimidated when the opponent closed in on them (as in the previous two matches, which went to five sets). While not yet in Big 12 competition, Kansas State's record stands in 3rd place, behind West Virginia and Texas... both undefeated at this point.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KSU .284 46 59 8 39 5
MU .140 32 39 5 33 2
September 11, 2021  Volleycats Win in Five over Fresno State
K-State Volleyball improved to 6-2 in the third and final match of the Kansas State Invitational. Set scores were (KSU/Fresno State): 23-25, 25-10, 25-21, 18-25, 15-8. Aliyah Carter and Kadye Fernholz made the all-tournament team, and Aliyah Carter was honored as the MVP. Aliyah had a double-double, with 16 kills and 20 digs.

The statistic that stands out the most is hitting: KSU .306, with Fresno St. at .188. It should be noted, also, that K-State hit .423 in set two, .312 in set three and .591 in set five. Impressive individual hitting included Teana Adams-Kaonohi at .400, Kayley Hollywood at .364, Jayden Nembhard at .393 and Haley Warner at .455!

On offense, Haley Warner led with 20.5 points and 18 kills. Aliyah Carter was right in there with 19 points and 16 kills. Kadye Fernholz hit .298. Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 58 assists, her season high. Loren Hinkle had 3 aces, and Kadye Fernholz had 2.

Jayden Nembhard didn't play vs. Loyola Chicago, and I remember thinking that she could have helped. She returned to action vs. Fresno State, with 14 kills and .393 hitting. She said,

"I just tell myself every day that it's a new day, and to improve myself and get better. Seeing my teammates celebrate and support me from the sideline when I do go in, that gives me a lot of confidence. It's just playing constantly with a chip on my shoulder every single time I go out there, and just knowing that I'm capable of playing out here and just doing what I can."

On defense, MVP Aliyah Carter had 20 digs, libero Mackenzie Morris had 17, Loren Hinkle had 16 and Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 8. Kayley Hollywood had 6 block assists, Haley Warner had 5, and Kadye Fernholz and Aliyah Carter had 4.

Over the two five-set match wins in this invitational, I remember thinking that the Volleycats dug in when things looked iffy. They kept sawing wood, as Coach Snyder would say. They've gotten Ws in seven of the last eight five-set matches. In post-match comments, Suzie Fritz said, "What I love about these guys is when their backs are against the wall, they are at their best."

Up next, on September 14, is Missouri. It'll be a reunion of sorts with Brynn Carlson and Anna Dixon.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KSU .306 67 85 10 70 8
Fresno State .188 53 68 7 69 8
September 10, 2021  K-State (5-2) Defeats Loyola Chicago in Five Sets
After seeing Loyola Chicago handle Fresno State two days ago, I didn't expect this to be easy. Our players called their team scrappy. It seemed like they were digging everything the Cats sent over. Ultimately, the teams each had 78 digs. Set scores were (KSU/Loyola Chicago): 25-19, 25-21, 21-25, 20-25, 15-8.

On offense, Aliyah Carter led the way, with 19.5 points from 17 kills, an ace and some block assists. Holly Bonde had some awesome kills, enroute to her 18.5 points, and she led with 18 kills. Haley Warner continues to impress in her first season. She had 16 points and 12 kills. There were 9 service aces (3 from Mackenzie Morris and 2 from Loren Hinkle), plus four other Cats contributed an ace. Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 47 assists, and she hit .571 on 7 attacks.

Kadye Fernholz had another big night, with 13 points and 8 kills, hitting .350. Add an ace to that, and 8 block assists. Kadye's parents and grandfather sat right behind me, and I enjoyed visiting with them, on their trip from South Dakota.

On defense, libero Mackenzie Morris led with 19 digs, Aliyah Carter had 18, setter Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 12, and DS Loren Hinkle had 12.

An argument could be made that blocking played a significant part in this victory, as the Cats had 26 to LC's 14, but Mackenzie's 19 digs + Aliyah's 18, Teana's 12 and Loren's 10 certainly combined to be a critical factor.

The student section wasn't nearly as full as in Ahearn, but they were ornery. They were constantly messing with Loyola Chicago (in a fun way, it seemed). I wish I could have understood what they were yelling. Anyway, they got smiles from the Ramblers. I don't know what a Rambler is (except for the unimpressive 1960 cars), but their mascot is a cartoon wolf. Whatever!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KSU .181 61 83 13 78 9
Loyola Chicago .210 64 76 11 78 1
September 9, 2021  Wildcats Eat Bobcats -- Volleycats Handle Ohio in Straight Sets
Up first in the K-State Invitational was the University of Ohio, a very solid team, I thought. I was surprised when I noticed that their encounter with the Cats left them at 0-7, and the Cats improved to 4-2. Set scores were (KSU/Ohio): 25-16, 25-23, 25-18.

Aliyah Carter had another strong performance. Aliyah led with 13 points and 11 kills, and hit .304. Kadye Fernholz had another fine day. She had 8.5 points and 5 kills, and hit .417. Holly Bonde had 8 points, and 8 kills, with .412 hitting. The remainder of the points were fairly evenly shared by the rest of the team. The serving percentage was .890, which is very similar to the other matches this season. Loren Hinkle, Kadye Fernholz and Aliyah Carter turned in two aces each. Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 23 assists.

On defense, setter Teana Adams-Kaonohi and libero Mackenzie Morris each recorded 8 digs, along with 7 from Aliyah Carter and 5 from Jaden Ravnsborg. Teana Adams-Kaonohi also led the team in blocks, with 4 block assists. The Cats held Ohio to .091 hitting in set two. And, while I felt Ohio was very competitive, the Cats prevailed in hitting, .256 to .124, which points to good defense. Suzie Fritz said, "I thought Loren Hinkle was tremendous. I thought (Mackenzie) Morris defensively was tremendous. Holly Bonde hit .410. Really good outing for her, and she did a really nice job of managing some of her out-of-system swings."

It was great to see Sydney Bolding, the latest addition to the team, on the court for a while.

Here's audio from Suzie Fritz and player audio from Holly Bonde and Mackenzie Morris.

Up next for the Cats on Friday evening is Loyola-Chicago (6-2), who had a fairly decisive 25-13, 25-17, 25-19 win over Fresno State. Looking at their box score, I noticed that Loyola held Fresno to .000 hitting, while hitting .294 themselves. Be ready, Cats!

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KSU .256 34 48 7 35 7
Ohio .124 32 40 3 37 5
September 4, 2021  K-State's Second Victory of the Day: San Diego State
What a volleyball match! The 3 - 1 victory was the Cats' second match of the day... only about two hours after the UCSB match. Set scores were (KSU/SDSU): 25-19, 18-25, 25-23, 25-16.

There were some tremendous individual performances that Rob Voelker mentioned repeatedly, and which will be remembered for a long time! How about Haley Warner, who put together a string of 10 kills, and totaled 18 for the match? She hit .636! Aliyah Carter had 10 kills. Holly Bonde had 9 kills, and hit .231. Kadye Fernholz had 6 kills, and hit .462! Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 5 kills, and hit .714! Kayley Hollywood also had 5 kills, and hit an excellent .300. Jayden Nembhard added 3 kills, hitting .750. Speaking of offense, setter Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 44 assists.

Mackenzie Morris had a tremendous match, with 17 digs, and add 4 service aces to her performance. Teana Adams-Kaonohi and Jaden Ravnsborg had 5 digs each, Molly Ramsey and Loren Hinkle recorded 4 digs. Haley Warner added to her amazing match with 5 blocks, and Aliyah Carter and Kadye Fernholz each had 4 blocks.

The Cats surpassed SDSU on points, hitting, kills, blocks, digs and aces, as shown below. This was very much a team effort. I believe the Volleycats will at least be RV in the AVCA poll on Monday afternoon.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KSU .287 56 72 10 45 6
San Diego St. .213 47 57 6 39 4
September 4, 2021  K-State Prevails over UC Santa Barbara
The Cats had the first of two matches today vs. the invitational host, UCSB, and it was a barnburner! Set scores were (KSU/UCSB): 25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 23-25, 15-13. While UCSB led in most statistical categories, the differences were slight, and some tremendous individual performances delivered the victory.

Let's start with Preseason All-Big 12 Aliyah Carter, who led all scorers with 22 points, from 21 kills and .386 hitting. Haley Warner's name came up constantly during match coverage. She had 20.5 points, from 19 kills and .471 hitting! Kadye Fernholz added 12 points, from 6 kills and excellent .417 hitting, along with 3 aces and 6 block assists! Holly Bonde had 7 points and 6 kills. Kayley Hollywood was extremely efficient. Her 6.5 points came from .625 hitting and 3 block assists.

On defense, again Kadye Fernholz led with 6 block assists. Libero Mackenzie Morris was off-the-charts tremendous on defense, with 20 digs, Loren Hinkle had a major impact with 11 digs, Teana Adams-Kaonohi had 7 digs, and newcomer Molly Ramsey contributed 5 digs.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KSU .321 66 86.5 10.5 55 10
UCSB .340 70 87 7 57 10
September 3, 2021  K-State Has a Close Loss to #21 Pepperdine
A look at most of the box score would leave a person wondering, "OK, who won it?" This was an exceptionally close match, that still went only three sets. What we can take from this is the Volleycats gave Pepperdine all they could handle, as shown by set scores of (KSU / Pepperdine): 22-25, 30-32, 22-25. When was the last time the Cats had a set go to 32 points? I think our Volleycats are seeing that they can compete with top teams. I'm looking forward to the Big 12 race!

(KSU / Pepperdine): Kills: 46-48, Points: 57-56, Blocks: 8-6, Digs: 40-42, Aces: 3-2

Kadye Fernholz had a big night! She led the Cats with 15 points. She had 11 kills, hit an awesome .450, and led the team in blocks. Aliyah Carter had 12 points and 12 kills. Holly Bonde had 11.5 points and 11 kills, from solid .333 hitting. Haley Warner had 8.5 points and 7 kills, and solid .267 hitting. Kayley Hollywood had 4.5 points and 4 kills, and hit a spectacular .667!

On defense, as mentioned above, Kadye Fernholz had a single block and 6 assists. Libero Mackenzie Morris led with 10 digs, Aliyah Carter had 9, and Teana Adams-Kaonohi and Loren Hinkle each added 7 digs. K-State had a slight lead in blocks, while Pepperdine had a slight lead in digs.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KSU .282 46 57 8 40 3
Pepperdine .283 48 56 6 42 2
August 28, 2021  Hard-Fought
Here's a Twitter highlight video that's all too short. It's from the big match vs. NU today. (Twitter video)

The Volleycats are going to take confidence from their performance. They saw that they can play with the best, and they matched or surpassed NU in blocks, digs and points.

August 28, 2021  K-State Tests #5 Nebraska
That was fun, and our Volleycats had some amazing runs in this match. Scores were 17-25, 25-27, 25-11, 22-25. There were 24 tied scores, and 10 lead changes. The Cats had very poor hitting in Set 1: .031, but held NU to .054 in Set 3, when the Cats hit .556 (and put 12 straight points on the board).

Preseason All-Big 12 honoree Aliyah Carter led with 16 points and 14 kills, but oddly only hit .080. Holly Bonde had a solid afternoon, adding 14 points, with 12 kills. Haley Warner was really good, with 12.5 points and 11 kills, and she hit an amazing .556! Serving was very good today, with a combined .900. There were only 9 errors in 90 attempts. Teana, Aliyah, Mackenzie and Loren were especially efficient, and Kadye Fernholz served a perfect 1.000.

On defense, libero Mackenzie Morris had 19 digs, and Aliyah Carter had 16. Kadye Fernholz led with 5 block assists, and Kayley Hollywood had 4. The Cats surpassed NU 10.5 to 5.5 in blocks, and 65 to 64 in digs. Coach Fritz made special note of "very good" serving and digging.

A big story of the match was K-State scoring 12 straight points in Set 3. At one point, the Cats led 19-5.

It should be noted that K-State had today's impressive performance in front of a crowd of 7,952.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KSU .196 49 64.5 10.5 65 5
NU .224 55 64.5 4.5 64 4
August 27, 2021  Cats Open 2021 with a Win over Colgate
Kansas State claimed a W in their first match of the season, and their first meeting with a good Colgate team, 19-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-16, in the Husker Invitational.

There was a bit of a slow start, with Colgate prevailing on hitting, .222 to .081 in set one. Coach Fritz had a goal of holding Colgate to under .180 hitting, and they ended at .170, but she was disappointed with the Cats' errors early on. She must have been encouraged by the Cats' .417 hitting in set four, vs. Colgate's modest .000 hitting!

Aliyah Carter, Preseason All-Big 12, was impressive on offense. She led the match with 23 points, hit .333 and her 21 kills gave a season-opening double-double. Holly Bonde had 12 points, 11 kills and .240 hitting, and delivered .364 hitting in set 3. Kadye Fernholz had 11.5 points, 8 kills and hit .375. Haley Warner's first Wildcat match was solid, with 11 points, 10 kills and .300 hitting.

On defense, Teana Adams-Kaonoi led with 7 block assists, and added 9 digs. Kayley Hollywood had 6 block assists, and Kadye Fernholz had 5. Libero Mackenzie Morris had 10 digs, and Jacque Smith had 9.

Coach Fritz praised Aliyah Carter's passing. She led with 11 digs, her career high, and Mackenzie Morris had 10 digs. Jacque Smith and Teana Adams-Kaonohi each added 9 digs.

It's the Cats vs. #5 Nebraska at 4 p.m. on Saturday. It might be a bit of a grudge match for NU, as the last time the Cats played them on their court, it was a Wildcat victory in five sets, 10 years ago (12/02/11), and the Cats eliminated NU from the NCAA tournament, earning a trip to Hawaii. Nebraska had lost only 10 home court matches over the past 10 seasons.

Here's the match recap from Colgate.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KSU .242 58 75 12 50 5
Colgate .171 44 53 7 39 2
August 25, 2021  Sydney Bolding Brings Competitive Spirit
It was just 19 days ago that Sydney's transfer was announced, and she's the subject of today's K-State Sports Extra. At Jacksonville, our new 6' 5" middle blocker had 344 kills, 135 blocks and hit .353. In her first season, she averaged .392 hitting!!

I'm sure she'll make an impact here, and look forward to seeing her in action.

August 24, 2021  Stylin' All Season
Here's a short video of the Volleycats trying on new accessories. (Twitter link)
August 24, 2021  This Is Us: Holly Bonde
Holly has the second installment of this Q&A series. She mentions being aggressive and sensitive about her dog, Pluto. I've really enjoyed videos of her in practice, because she's nonstop funny, while hard at work. (Twitter link)
August 23, 2021  This Is Us: Mackenzie Morris
Mackenzie was the celebrity guest in the first installment of this series. What a charming human! She talked about family values, hard work and a very reasonable fear of sharks. We learned on Saturday that she's not afraid of kangaroos, as she put the hammer down on them in Set 4, with an awesome ace, thereby winning the match. Her match-high 16 digs were a nice addition, too! (Twitter link)
August 21, 2021  Match One: An Exhibition with Kansas City
After a bit of a slow start, the Cats settled in and prevailed in their only exhibition match, and we saw some very good things happen. After all... Cats eat Kangaroos. Set scores were (KSU/K.C.): 19-25, 25-13, 25-23, 30-28. There were numerous errors in set one, as the Cats hit .167 to K.C.'s .414. The Cats improved hitting efficiency, and hit .300 in the second set.

Hey... how about Dr. Mike Hamilton's rad new haircut?

It was good to have a first look at new players Jaden Ravnsborg and Haley Warner (who had 12 kills and hit .455!). Unfortunately, we didn't get to see Molly Ramsey, Josie Halbleib or Sydney Bolding.

Setter Teana Adams-Kaonohi had a tremendous match. She led with .571 hitting, had 9 digs and 44 assists.

Aliyah Carter led with 15 kills and 17 points. Kadye Fernholz led the Cats in scoring, with 18 points. She had .360 hitting, and also led the team in blocks.

Set 4 was a wild ride, with 9 tied scores, and several match points. The set score of 30-28 sort of points to that fact. Finally, at 29-28, Mackenzie Morris moved back to serve, I hollered "How about an ace?," Mackenzie served an ace, and we went home happy. Here's video of the winning serve.

Here's audio of comments from Suzie Fritz and Kadye Fernholz and Haley Warner.

Team Hitting Kills Points Blocks Digs Aces
KSU .243 58 78 11 57 9
Kansas City .144 47 54 3 52 4
August 19, 2021  Aliyah Carter Looks to Build on Breakout Season
Austin Siegel has posted another excellent K-State Sports Extra... a look back at 2020-21, and what's in store for our Preseason All-Big 12 sophomore. (link)
August 10, 2021  K-State Practices Are Fun!
How about some videos? Day 1 is some fun at practice today (we guess). A lot to unpack here... is a quick look at Holly Bonde's and Loren Hinkle's practice antics. Holly has perfected a 360° leg sweep over unsuspecting players, and Loren's working on it. The Cats have some inside jokes that we're not privy to. Remember the exhibition on Saturday, 8/21 at 3:00 P in the Octagon o' Doom, vs. UMKC.
August 8, 2021  New Equipment Day
I noticed a bunch of players' cars at the Octagon when I had my evening walk, but at the moment, no one was on the court. They were picking up their shirts, shoes, towels, knee pads... The Cats are all set! (video link) / Remember... Saturday, August 21 at 3:00 P is the home exhibition match vs. "Kansas City" (which we all know is UMKC). Then, at 7:00, there's the annual Marching Band whoopteedo in Aggieville, around 12th and Moro.
August 6, 2021  Sydney Bolding Transfers from Jacksonville
Sydney is a 6' 5" middle blocker, who's joining the Cats after two seasons at Jacksonville. In that time, she had 344 kills, 135 blocks and hit .353. In her first season, she averaged .392!! (K-State Volleyball's announcement)

She will be listed as a junior, and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

July 12, 2021  Brynn Carlson's Second Straight CoSIDA Academic All-America Honor
KSUVB has tweeted the news, but the tweet's link to a complete story is broken at this moment. Brynn's off to MU for graduate school.
July 9, 2021  Volleycats Starring in Timeout and Promo Videos
KSUVB tweeted 40 seconds of fun stuff... cranking out a bunch of videos for 2021. We're going to an exciting season. Bring on the Cats!