Five Wildcats Earn All-Big 12 Honors

Complete list of All-Big 12 honorees can be found here.

– Katie Brand became the second K-State setter in program history to be named all-conference first team twice in a career as the redshirt junior headlined a group of five Wildcats that earned 2015 All-Big 12 Volleyball Team honors, the conference office announced.

In addition to Brand, juniors Brooke Sassin and Katie Reininger were named to the second team while Macy Flowers and Alyssa Schultejans were selected to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team. The conference honors for Sassin and Reininger are the first of their respective careers while Flowers (unanimous selection) and Schultejans became the first K-State teammates to earn all-freshman honors in the same season in program history.

In addition to being the second K-State setter to earn multiple all-conference first team honors, Brand is the 10th Wildcat overall to achieve the feat. The last Wildcat to be named All-Big 12 First Team more than once was Kaitlynn Pelger, who earned the honors three years in a row from 2011-13.

Brand finished fourth in the Big 12 with a career-high 11.04 assists per set in conference-only matches. The Grand Island, Nebraska native also added 77 kills, 171 digs and 43 blocks, all of which paced setters in Big 12 play. In overall matches, she averaged 11.10 assists while contributing 128 kills, the most by a K-State setter since Gabby Guerre (221) in 2003.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Sassin had a career-year as she became the first K-State outside hitter to have 300 kills and digs in a season since 1999. The all-around player paced the team with a career-high 360 kills while she was one of four Wildcats with more than 300 digs as she finished with a personal-best 310. Sassin also had 15 double-doubles, the second-best total in the Big 12 and the most by a Wildcat outside hitter since 1999. Among the Big 12 ranks for overall matches, Sassin finished fourth in both kills (3.50) and points (3.89) per set.

Reininger, out of Colorado Springs, Colorado, played in every K-State set, finishing first on the team in blocks (101) and second in kills (263). In conference-only action, the middle blocker averaged a personal-best 2.46 kills per set on a .255 hitting efficiency. Reininger’s all-conference nod also extended K-State’s streak of nine years in which a middle blocker was recognized with postseason conference honors.

After playing in all but two Big 12 matches, Flowers finished fourth in blocks per set for conference-only contests, making her the first Big 12 freshman to rank fourth or higher in that category since Jamie Straube of Iowa State in 2009 (third). Flowers finished the conference campaign with an average of 1.27 blocks, the highest clip by a freshman from any school since K-State’s Megan Kroeker (1.30) in 2005.

Schultejans finished the regular season with 255 kills, which were third-best among Big 12 freshmen this season and 12th-most by a K-State freshman in school history. The Silver Lake, Kansas native also tallied a team-high 25 aces and averaged 0.25 per set, eighth in the conference and best among first-year players.

K-State was the only team that had multiple players selected to this year’s all-freshman team. 

The Wildcats tied with Iowa State for the second-most All-Big 12 selections. The Cyclones had three first team selections and one on both the second team and all-freshman. Texas led all schools with seven honorees.

Under head coach Suzie Fritz, the Wildcats have garnered 40 All-Big 12 selections, including 21 first team.

The Wildcats are set for their 16th all-time trip to the NCAA Tournament as they will take on Wichita State in the first round in Lincoln, Nebraska on Friday at 4:30 p.m. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, which was won by the Wildcats in three sets in Lincoln.

2015 All-Big 12 Volleyball Team
First Team
Katie Brand, Setter, Junior (Redshirt)

Second Team
Brooke Sassin, Outside Hitter, Junior
Katie Reininger, Middle Blocker, Junior (Redshirt)

All-Freshman Team
Macy Flowers, Middle Blocker
Alyssa Schultejans, Outside Hitter