K-State Sweeps Tennessee State, Fends Off Georgia Tech

GAME RECAP

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3

NR
TENNESSEE STATE
TIGERS
4-2 (0-0 OVC)

RV
K-STATE
WILDCATS
3-2 (0-0 Big 12)

LEADERS:
Chloe Watson: 10 kills, 8 digs
Puamana Danielson: 25 assists
Cherlie DeJesus-Adorno: 10 digs

LEADERS:
Alyssa Schultejans: 13 kills, .407%
Katie Brand: 35 assists, 13 digs, 4 blocks
Devan Fairfield: 12 digs

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5
Tennessee St. 17 6 22 -- --
K-State 25 25 25 -- --
GAME RECAP

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GEORGIA TECH
YELLOW JACKETS
4-2 (0-0 ACC)

RV
K-STATE
WILDCATS
4-2 (0-0 Big 12)

LEADERS:
Teegan Van Gunst: 20 kills, 15 digs
Gabriela Stavnetchei: 16 kills, 19 digs
London Ackermann: 32 digs

LEADERS:
Brooke Sassin: 13 kills, 19 digs
Katie Brand: 50 assists, 18 digs
Kersten Kober: 26 digs, 8 assists

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5
Georgia Tech 22 25 25 25 12
K-State 25 27 22 16 15

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State volleyball team rebounded from its Friday night loss to Michigan with a pair of victories Saturday at the K-State Invitational held inside Bramlage Coliseum. K-State swept Tennessee State (25-17, 25-6, 25-22) before capping off the evening with an epic five-set battle with Georgia Tech (25-22, 27-25, 22-25, 16-25, 15-12).

K-State finished second in the four-team tournament and complete the weekend with a 4-2 record on the season. Redshirt senior setter Katie Brand and junior right-side Bryna Vogel were both voted to the all-tournament team for their performances in the K-State Invitational.

Match 1: K-State 3, Tennessee State 0
K-State played a near flawless second set, not committing a single attacking error while holding Tennessee State to just six points. The six points allowed equal the fewest allowed in program history in the rally-scoring era (2007 vs. North Texas). K-State hit .619 in the set and finished the match with a season-best .419 attack percentage.

Eight Wildcats finished the match with multiple kills - each one hitting better than .250. K-State never trailed in the first two sets.

Sophomore outside hitter Alyssa Schultejans registered 13 kills and on a career-high .407 hitting percentage (13k-2e-27ta). 

Brand dished out a match-best 35 assists to go along with 13 digs for the lone double-double in the match. Starting libero Devan Fairfield dug 12 balls for her fourth career match reaching double-digits and the first of 2016.

Match 2: K-State 3, Georgia Tech 2
Kansas State held on to defeat Georgia Tech in five sets Saturday night. The Wildcats captured the first two sets before the Yellow Jackets stormed back to force a fifth and deciding set.

K-State closed out set two (27-25) by scoring four of the final five points, a set in which it trailed by as many as seven points. Setter Katie Brand recorded three kills in the final five points, including the final two to give the Cats a two-set advantage.

K-State seized momentum behind sophomore middle blocker Macy Flowers, who recorded three of her seven blocks in the final frame. The Wildcats jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead and never trailed in the final set, winning the set 15-12.

“It was fun,” said senior outside hitter Brooke Sassin. “We got a little complacent after the first two sets but it always feels good to win in five.

“They didn’t give us the match,” Sassin added. “We definitely earned it.”

Sassin finished the night with 13 kills and 19 digs and was one of three Wildcats to record a double-double on the night. The San Antonio product’s 19 digs equal her career high.

Brand (50 assists, 18 digs) and junior right-side hitter Bryna Vogel (10 kills, 20 digs) also picked up double-doubles. It was Vogel’s first double-double of the season while Brand has achieved the feat in back-to-back matches.

Redshirt sophomore Kylee Zumach led K-State with 20 kills while senior libero led with 26 digs, her 16th straight match in double figures. In total, five Wildcats reached double-digit digs.

K-State finished with a season-best 16 total team blocks.

Kansas State returns home to Ahearn Field House to host the Wildcat Classic, Sept. 9-10. K-State will meet up with Mississippi State Friday at 12:00 p.m. CT before squaring off with Miami (FL) at 7:30 p.m. The Cats finish the four-team tournament with Loyola Saturday at 1:00 p.m.


ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
London Ackermann, Georgia Tech
Katie Brand, Kansas State
Abby Cole, Michigan (MVP)
Jenna Lerg, Michigan
Kelly Murphy, Michigan
Bryna Vogel, Kansas State
Chloe Watson, Tennessee State


NOTES

- The win is No. 299 of head coach Suzie Fritz’s career.

- Brand eclipsed the 50-assist mark for the 20th time in her career.

- Redshirt sophomore Devan Fairfield set a new career high with 17 digs vs. Georgia Tech.

- K-State now owns a 2-0 all-time series lead over TSU and the all-time series is now tied 2-2 with GT.

- Elle Sandbothe and Maureen Schick each made their Wildcat debut Saturday. Sandbothe totaled nine kills in the two matches while Schick tallied four digs vs. Tennessee State.

- Middle blocker Cheyenne Hooper recorded her first career kills against TSU.

- Senior middle blocker Katie Reininger registered six kills on seven swings with no errors for a .857 percentage against the Tigers.

- Sassin set a new career best with seven blocks against Georgia Tech.