Brand Selected NCAA Senior CLASS Finalist

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – K-State redshirt senior Katie Brand has been named one of 10 NCAA® women’s volleyball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court selected today as finalists today for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate volleyball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

Wednesday night against Kansas, Brand moved into second place all-time on Kansas State’s career assists list in the rally-scoring era (since 2001) with 4,586. She is also second in K-State history with 66 career double-doubles (Kim Zschau, 69). She is the only nominee from the Big 12 and would become the first Wildcat to ever win the award.

As a life science (pre physician assistant) and gerontology major with minors in biology and leadership, Brand maintains a 3.64 cumulative GPA. Three times she has been selected to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team along with being named to the Academic All-District 7 First Team in 2015. She has earned a spot on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll five times in her career and earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in Fall 2015. Brand was recently accepted into a physician assistant graduate program at UMKC.

Brand is a leader on the court, being voted team captain by her teammates and selected to the team’s leadership council. She was appointed by her teammates to act as correspondent between the coaching staff and the players, meeting monthly to discuss the progress of the team and ideas regarding how to promote leadership and ways to implement core values into daily activities.

The Grand Island, Nebraska, native has worked with multiple organizations and community events since coming to K-State in 2012. She has been an executive member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) since 2013 and has worked with elementary students through K-State’s Cats in the Classroom program. Brand has volunteered at a local retirement home, assisted with the Adopt-a-Family Wrap Party, participated in the Tipoff for TP program, helped organize Special Olympics events with K-State student-athletes and other local organizations.

After redshirting her freshman year, the 6-1 setter has been selected AVCA All-America Honorable Mention each of the last two seasons (2014-15). Along with her All-America status, she also was named to both the AVCA Midwest All-Region Team and All-Big 12 First Team (2014-15) twice after being named to the All-Big 12 Freshmen Team in 2013. Brand is the Big 12’s active career leader in assists and is currently third on Kansas State’s career charts in the rally-scoring era (since 2001). A two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, her achievements on the court also have earned her a spot on the USA Collegiate National Volleyball Team (2014-present), including a trip to China in Summer 2016.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. 

The finalists were chosen by a selection committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately, and fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through December 5. Fan votes will then be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award recipient will be announced during the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in December.

For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

Volleyball Finalists

Inky Ajanaku, Stanford

Kadie Rolfzen, Nebraska

Jazzmin Babers, Texas A&M

Lauren Smith, Creighton

Amy Boswell, BYU

Hannah Tapp, Minnesota

Katie Brand, Kansas State

Paige Tapp, Minnesota