Flattum Adjusts to New Level of Volleyball
Flattum said there were many reasons she chose to come to K-State, and while the competitive Wildcat volleyball team coached by Suzie Fritz was a big factor in her decision, there was more to it than just the game.
The family feeling of Manhattan, Kansas, is what really sealed the deal.
"It was definitely the people; the family atmosphere just brought me in," she explained. "I love (Manhattan), it's like the size of the town I come from, so it just feels like home here."
A native of Lakeville, Minnesota, Flattum lettered four years in volleyball at Lakeville North High School. She was selected to the 2013 All-South Suburban Conference team after helping the Panthers go 9-0 in conference play during her senior season. As a junior in 2012, Flattum helped lead Lakeville North to a Class AAA Championship and was named to the all-state tournament team.
A competitive AAU player for the club team Northern Lights, Flattum was named an AAU All-American during the AAU National Championships earlier this summer. It wasn't her first All-America honor, though, as, during the summer of 2012, Flattum helped Northern Lights win the AAU National Championship, was named tournament MVP and claimed her first AAU All-America honor.
"Volleyball, it's my life," explained Flattum, "especially when we we're in two-a-days, all we did was go to practice, eat and sleep every day. I love it."
Following her successful high school career, Flattum said competing at K-State has been a change. From two-a-day practices to now traveling for competition, Flattum said while she's loved every minute of her new volleyball life, it doesn't mean there aren't challenges.
"It's definitely more demanding," she said. "The expectations are a lot higher than they were in high school. You're working a lot harder."
Flattum and K-State's eight other newcomers stick together, she said, and when things get tough, Coach Fritz is always there to help out while keeping the young players in line.
"Playing for her is amazing. I love her," said Flattum with a smile. "She's kind of like a mother figure because she's really sweet and really caring, but then down to business too. She gets on to you to get things done."
K-State is off to a strong start to its 2014 season as, this past weekend, it finished runner-up at the Green Bay Country Inn & Suites Tournament after going 2-1. The Wildcats swept Green Bay (25-20, 25-15, 25-23) and South Dakota (25-9, 25-20, 25-16) before falling to Arizona 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 26-24) in the tournament's final match.
You can catch the Wildcat volleyball squad in action during the Varney's Invitational, which begins September 4, at 6 p.m., inside Bramlage Coliseum as K-State takes on Arkansas. For the complete 2014 K-State volleyball schedule, click here.
Single-match tickets for the Wildcats' 13-match home schedule are on sale now, with the complete list of promotions available here.