Four Wildcats Selected All-Big 12

Big 12 Release

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Redshirt senior Katie Brand became just the third player in K-State volleyball history to be named First Team All-Big 12 three times as the setter headlined a group of four Wildcats that earned all-conference honors, the conference office announced Monday.

In addition to Brand, redshirt senior Katie Reininger and junior Bryna Vogel were selected to the second team while Elle Sandbothe was named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team. The all-conference honor is Reininger’s second consecutive second-team honor while Vogel and Sandbothe earn the first of their respective careers.

Brand joins middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger (2011-13) and setter Gabby Guerre (2002-04) as the only Wildcats in program history to be named All-Big 12 First Team three times.

For the first time in her career, Brand led the Big 12 with a career-high 11.39 assists per set, which ranks 13th nationally. The Grand Island, Nebraska, native ranks No. 2 in K-State history in the rally-scoring era (since 2001) with 4,782 career assists and 67 career double-doubles. She is one of three Wildcats since 2001 with multiple 1,200-assist seasons and one of only eight to ever record at least 4,000 assists and 1,000 digs in a career.

Reininger, out of Colorado Springs, Colorado, set career highs in attacking percentage in both overall matches (.304) and conference-only matches (.326). The middle blocker eclipsed 700 career kills and 300 total blocks earlier this season. Reininger’s all-conference nod also extended K-State’s streak to 10 years in which a middle blocker was recognized with postseason conference honors.

A native of Clearwater, Kansas, Vogel had a career year as she set new personal bests in kills (305), and hitting percentage (.287). On her way to being named MVP of the Arkansas Invitational, the junior opposite posted a career-high 21 kills on a .704 hitting percentage against Southern Miss on Sept. 17, a performance that earned her Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.

Sandbothe earns the fourth consecutive all-freshman honor for K-State. The Lee’s Summit, Missouri, native led all Big 12 freshmen with 1.11 blocks per set during conference matches. During Big 12 play, the middle blocker posted back-to-back matches reaching double-figure kills for the first time in her career and recorded a career-best 9.0 blocks in a five-set match at West Virginia. She finished the season tied for the team lead with 1.04 blocks per set.

K-State tied with Texas for the second-most All-Big 12 selections. The Longhorns had three first-time selections and one all-freshman honoree. Kansas led all schools with six selections, including three player-of-the-year winners.

Under head coach Suzie Fritz, the Wildcats have garnered 44 All-Big 12 selections, including 22 first team.

Kansas State is set for its 17th trip to the NCAA Tournament as it will host the first two rounds at Bramlage Coliseum. The Cats will take on Lipscomb in the first round on Friday at 7:30 p.m., following the first match between Ohio State and Missouri State at 5 p.m.


First Team
Katie Brand, Setter, Senior (Redshirt)

Second Team
Katie Reininger, Middle Blocker, Senior (Redshirt)
Bryna Vogel, Opposite, Junior

All-Freshman Team
Elle Sandbothe, Middle Blocker