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Vogel's Past Prepares Her for Future at K-State

July 21, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Getting used to the busy lifestyle of a K-State student-athlete has been no trouble for volleyball freshman Bryna Vogel.

A native of Clearwater, Kansas, Vogel was a multi-sport athlete at Clearwater High School as well as a member of the school's marching band. She appeared in plays, played the guitar, painted and loved to be outdoors. 

"I usually never had any down time," laughed Vogel as she sat in the K-State volleyball locker room and reminisced back to high school. "I always went from one sport to the next sport to the next one, then you add in my music and plays - it kept me busy all the time."

On the volleyball court, the six-foot outside hitter was the 2013 Class 4A Division II Player of the Year and a two-time Class 4A Division II First Team honoree. In the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League (AVCTL), Vogel was a two-time MVP as well as a three-time first team selection. 

During her senior season at Clearwater High School, Vogel had 529 kills, 237 digs, 55 blocks (33 solo) and 25 aces. 

Always giving her best effort in every sport she played, Vogel not only excelled on the volleyball court, but she equally excelled in both softball and basketball. In all three sports, Vogel was chosen to the Wichita Eagle's respective 2013-14 All-Metro Team, making her the first athlete ever to earn the distinction in the three sports in the same year. On the basketball court, she was named to the Class 4A All-State First Team in 2013 and 2014 and was the Class 4A Division II MVP in 2014, while on the softball field, she earned 2014 AVCTL MVP honors.

For her outstanding athletic performances during her senior year, Vogel was named the 2014 Lynette Woodard High School Female Athlete of the Year by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. 

While she found success in each sport, volleyball quickly became her favorite and held a special place in her heart.

"I fell in love with volleyball probably around middle school and going into high school," she said.

So when the opportunity to play volleyball at K-State arose, it was a no brainer.

"Both of my parents went to K-State," said Vogel. "I always grew up coming to the games, any games, and I've always been around the school. So that was a big factor."

And for her parents, having the opportunity to travel back to their alma mater to watch their daughter compete is really something special.
 
"They call this place their home," said Vogel. "When they step on campus, it just feels like home. I know my dad is super excited. He was really happy when I signed; he just loves (K-State)."

Her goals for her time with K-State volleyball are simple, yet powerful: 

"I want to become a better player, be the best I can," she explained. 

Now playing the sport she loves at the college she grew up visiting, Vogel is ready to get on the court of Ahearn Field House and show K-State fans what she is made of.