Brand Named All-America Honorable Mention

MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the second time in her career, redshirt junior Katie Brand was named an All-America Honorable Mention by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), the organization announced.

A native of Grand Island, Nebraska, Brand followed up her selection from a year ago by turning in a campaign that only surpassed it. The setter posted personal-bests in average assists (11.10), digs (3.10), kills (1.24) and points (1.76). She also registered a career-high .372 hitting efficiency, the best by a K-State setter since 1985.

Brand finished the regular season as the only player in Division I to average 11.0 assists, 3.0 digs, 1.0 kills, 0.70 blocks and 0.10 aces. She was also one of three players in the nation to have 20 double-doubles while still registering more than 11.0 assists per set.

Playing in all 107 sets, Brand wrapped up 2015 with 1,188 assists, 332 digs, 133 kills, 79 blocks, 14 aces and 188.5 points. She is the only Wildcat in program history to have consecutive seasons of 1,000 assists, 300 digs and 100 kills.

Brand is the third Wildcat to earn an All-America honor in back-to-back years. The previous two were Kaitlynn Pelger (honorable mention, 2011-12) and Nataly Korobkova (third team, 2007-08).

Of the 15 All-America accolades in K-State history, 12 have been under head coach Suzie Fritz. 

In addition to the All-America honor, Brand has also garnered several other awards this year, including AVCA All-Midwest Region First Team, All-Big 12 First Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 First Team, Academic All-Big 12 First Team, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, Varney’s Invitational MVP and Creighton Classic All-Tournament.

K-State concluded the 2015 season with its highest finish in the Big 12 standings since 2011 and reached its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance over the last five years.

For a complete list of 2015 AVCA All-Americans, please click here.