Final Notes: 2015 Season in Review
Final Notes: 2015 Season in Review
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AT A GLANCE
AT A GLANCE
• K-State ended its 42nd season with a 17-12 record, its fifth straight winning campaign, and a 9-7 mark in Big 12 play - all of which helped it make its 16th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
• The Wildcats lost to Missouri Valley champion Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, a match played in the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.
• Over the course of the season, K-State had a pair of six-match winning streaks, including one from October 24-November 18 that was its longest Big 12 winning streak since 2003.
• The Wildcats finished in a tie for fourth in the Big 12 standings, their highest conference finish in four years (4th in 2011).
• The team featured no seniors, a first for the program since 2011 and only the fourth time since 1977.
TRIP TO THE POSTSEASON
• For the fourth time over the last five years, K-State received an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.
• In each of those four trips, K-State played in Lincoln, Nebraska.
• The Wildcats were one of five teams from the Big 12 to reach the postseason.
• In addition to being fourth in the Big 12 - which was ranked as the No. 2 conference in terms of RPI - K-State ended the regular season at No. 51 in the RPI rankings (3-10 against the RPI’s top-50, 6-11 against the top-100).
• K-State had the 42nd-toughest strength of schedule in Division I.
BIG 12 FINISH
• The fourth-place finish in the Big 12 standings was the second time K-State slotted in that spot over the last five seasons (Last: 2011).
• Under head coach Suzie Fritz, K-State has placed fourth or higher in the Big 12 eight times.
• K-State ended the conference campaign with nine wins for the second year in a row and third time over the last five years.
• K-State garnered several honors throughout the season, including one AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, one All-Midwest Region, five All-Big 12, four Big 12 players of the week, two Academic All-District, seven Academic All-Big 12, and seven in-season tournament accolades.
• Katie Brand led the way for all Wildcats with nine awards, including All-America Honorable Mention, All-Midwest Region First Team, All-Big 12 First Team, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, Academic All-District First Team, Academic All-Big 12 First Team, Varney’s Invitational MVP, Varney’s Invitational All-Tournament, and Creighton Classic All-Tournament.
• K-State held its overall opponents to a .212 hitting percentage, helped by a Big 12-leading 17.56 digs/set.
• The Wildcats led the conference in digs/set for both overall matches and Big 12-only contests (18.18).
• It was the first time since 2002 that K-State paced the Big 12 in digs in either overall or conference-only matches.
• In 2002, the Wildcats averaged 18.01 digs in overall and 18.50 in Big 12-only.
• K-State was the first team to average more than 18.0 digs/set in Big 12 matches since 2011 (Iowa State, 18.21).
• For the first time in program history, K-State featured four different players with 300+ digs.
• The quartet of Wildcats included Kersten Kober (500), Katie Brand (332), Bryna Vogel (329), and Brooke Sassin (324).
• Kersten Kober’s career-high 500 digs were the most by a Wildcat since 2010.
• Kober’s 500 digs are seventh-most ever by a Wildcat in a single-season.
• She is just the fourth Wildcat with 500+ digs in a single campaign.
• Kersten Kober, who finished fourth in the Big 12 with 4.67 digs/set in overall matches, also averaged 5.16 digs in Big 12-only contests.
• Kober’s 5.16 digs/set average was the highest by a Wildcat in conference-only matches since 2002.
• She finished third in the Big 12 in digs/set for conference matches.
A FIRST SINCE 2000
• For overall matches, K-State was the only team to have multiple players in the Big 12’s top-10 for digs/set (Kober, 4th; Brand, 9th; Vogel, 10th).
• It is the first time 2000 that a team had three players in the Big 12’s top-10 for digs/set in overall matches (Texas A&M and Texas Tech).
• Junior Brooke Sassin became the first K-State outside hitter to join the Double-300 Club in the rally-scoring era (since 2001) as she had a career-high 378 kills and 324 digs.
• The last Wildcat outside hitter to have 300+ kills and digs was Dawn Cady (622 kills, 434 digs) in 1999.
• Sassin is the second Wildcat overall to scratch her name into the Double-300 Club during the rally-scoring era, joining middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger (2011).
• Sassin is the eighth Wildcat overall in the program’s Double-300 Club.
• Katie Brand became the first Wildcat since Kaitlynn Pelger (2010-11) to post back-to-back Triple-Triple seasons.
• Brand finished the year with 1,188 assists, 320 digs and 133 kills.
• Last year, Brand had 1,274 assists, 314 digs, 112 kills and 104 blocks.
• She is just the third K-State setter to have consecutive Triple-Triple campaigns (Last: Stacey Spiegelberg, 2005-07).
• Katie Brand finished the regular season as the only player in Division I with averages of 11.0 assists, 3.0 digs, 1.2 kills, 0.75 blocks, and 0.10 aces.
• Brand also averaged 1.77 points, the second-highest clip among the nation’s top-30 in assists/set.
• Brand finished third in the Big 12 and 26th in Division I in assists/set (11.10).
• Katie Brand finished the season sixth in K-State history with 3,518 career assists.
• Kersten Kober, meanwhile, finished the year eighth in program history with 1,126 career digs.
• Katie Reininger, who earned her first career all-conference honor this season, finished second on K-State in kills (271) and hitting percentage (.282).
• Reininger hit .300+ in 15 matches, with K-State going 14-1 in such contests.
• Reininger also led the team in blocks (106).
• K-State was the only team to have two players on the All-Big 12 Freshman Team: Alyssa Schultejans and Macy Flowers.
• Schultejans finished the regular season third among Big 12 freshmen in kills (255).
• Schultejans’ 255 kills are also the 12th-most by a K-State freshman.
• Flowers finished the conference season fourth in blocks/set (1.27).
• Flowers’ 1.27 blocks/set were the most by a Big 12 freshman since K-State’s Megan Kroeker averaged 1.30 in 2005.
• K-State’s offense ranked top-30 in the nation in kills/set as the Wildcats were 30th with 14.11.
• The Wildcats had not averaged more than 14.0 kills/set for a season since 2007 (16.24).
• Among Big 12 teams, K-State was one of just three to average more than 14.0/set in 2015 (KU, 15.10; Texas, 14.35).
FEWEST ERRORS IN SERVICE
• K-State surrendered just 64 aces all season, easily the program’s best mark.
• The 64 aces surrendered were also the second-fewest in all of Division I.
• The previous program-low for aces given up in a season was 94 set in 2013.
• K-State did not allow an ace in four matches and gave up two or less in 20.
• Head coach Suzie Fritz ended her 15th year at the helm of K-State volleyball with her fifth straight winning season and 12th overall.
• K-State’s winningest and longest-tenured coach has led the Wildcats to a top-four finish in the Big 12 eight times.
• Fritz ended 2015 five wins from 300 as she is 295-168 in her overall career (158-122 in the Big 12).
• K-State split its home schedule between Ahearn Field House and Bramlage Coliseum, with the Wildcats going 5-1 in Ahearn and 4-1 in Bramlage.
• K-State played two Big 12 matches inside Bramlage for the first time (10/10 vs. West Virginia, 10/21 vs. No. 2 Texas).
• The Wildcats are 11-1 all-time in Bramlage.
• The 9-2 overall home record (.818) was K-State’s fourth-best since 2001.
THANK YOU, FANS
• K-State averaged 2,033 fans at its 11 home matches (18th-best in Division I).
• It was the third straight year averaging more than 2,000 fans and third-highest season average in program history.
• It is the eighth straight year ranking in Division I’s top-25 for average attendance.
• It is also the fourth straight year ranking in nation’s top-20.
• The match against KU (3,247) on November 25 was the 17th-largest home crowd in program history and highest attended KU home match since 1999 (5,011).
• That match was also the fourth-highest attendance over the last 12 years.