Confident. Resilient. Tough.

It will be a matchup between the Big 12's current top two teams, and fans can expect a contest filled with both intensity and emotion with each and every play.
"I think we're just excited for the fight," said sophomore setter Katie Brand. "It's obviously going to be a challenge, we know that every year going into [Texas], but I think this year we think that we can really do it. We've been winning, so we know we have something good. I think we just have a lot of confidence going into it."
Confidence is one quality this year's young K-State team possesses. A few others traits? Resiliency. Toughness. 
"This is a very, very resilient team," explained K-State head coach Suzie Fritz after her team's practice yesterday evening. "We've used that adjective a lot, it was one of the first things we identified with them. They're pretty tough, too. Katie Brand is tough, Kersten Kober is tough, Chelsea Keating is tough - there are a lot of them [that are tough]. They don't back down, and they're extremely competitive."
When you combine confidence with resiliency and toughness, a team is ready for just about anything thrown its way. So looking forward to tomorrow's match, Texas, though rightfully regarded as one of the nation's toughest teams, will certainly have its hands full. 
"Confidence is very contagious, and once our younger players start going, when they're swinging hard and getting kills, it definitely starts to get everybody else on that level," explained senior middle blocker Natali Jones. "Everybody gets that confidence and everybody plays better."
K-State volleyball is riding a four-match winning streak, and, with a roster full of energetic, youthful players leading the way, there's no telling what is in store for the Wildcats when the team steps on the court.
"What is unusual about this team is that with every match there is something new we do extremely well," said Fritz. "It has not been the same thing, and that's interesting. A lot of times teams will start to trend, but this team has had a lot of different nights where, maybe we're really first-swing terminal on one night and then the next night we're a good transition team. I like all that, and I think if we could put it all together, this team could be pretty special."
A special bunch, redshirt sophomores Brand and Katie Reininger each earned Big 12 player of the week awards earlier this week.  With Brand noticed as the conference's top defensive player and Reininger tabbed as the top offensive player, it marked the first time since 2010 that two Wildcats captured weekly honors in the same week.
The successes seen on the court do not just stop with Brand and Reininger, though. Freshman outside hitter Kylee Zumach has been named Big 12 Rookie of the Week by the conference four times this season - a K-State volleyball record for conference weekly honors - and is third in the Big 12 by recording 252 kills this season. 
With every match, the Wildcats have continued to learn and grow.  The team is clicking on all cylinders right now and doesn't plan on slowing down any time soon.
"We just feel like we're strong in ever area," said Brand.  "We come in to practice and we work on all things. We work to improve all areas because there's not one major thing holding us back."
Adding to the electric environment of Ahearn Field House, fans can expect even more excitement from fans as this weekend's match marks the annual "Pack the Field House" promotion, with all tickets selling for just $1. To purchase tickets for tomorrow evening's match, click here.
"It's always wonderful to play at home," said Fritz. "We've enjoyed a tremendous amount of support from the community and the student body, and just from everybody. You're just more comfortable. It's awfully nice to be at home."
After this weekend's match with Texas, the Wildcats will continue Big 12 action at home with a match against Oklahoma on Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m.
 

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