Fritz Announces Addition of Hooper to Roster

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State volleyball head coach Suzie Fritz announced the addition of Cheyenne Hooper to the program.

A 6-foot-6 rising redshirt sophomore, Hooper will play for the Wildcats after her freshman year was spent with the K-State women’s basketball program, where she did not appear in any games.

A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Hooper was a three-time All-District 4-AA, All-Knoxville Interscholastic League (KIL) and all-state first team honoree in volleyball at Christian Academy. While she was also a top-rated basketball player, she spent her junior season solely playing volleyball, earning all-state honors. As a senior in 2014, she helped her team win its fifth straight district title and was named a All-American.

“We have been very impressed and excited about the energy, effort and enthusiasm that Cheyenne has brought with her into our gym so far,” said Fritz. “Clearly, volleyball has not been her focus as of late, so she is working her way through some of the frustrations and failures that come with that. She has good size and power as an attacker, and we love the way she works.”

Hooper’s award-laden high school senior campaign, in which she was named the District 4 AA Offensive Player of the Year, followed up her freshman season in which she was named First Team All-State Class AA. Hooper also becomes the second 2014 All-American on the K-State roster as she joins All-Big 12 Freshman Team selection from a year ago, outside hitter Alyssa Schultejans.

“Cheyenne is an exceptionally fast learner, and outstanding person and an excellent teammate,” added Fritz. “Because of who she is and how she works, we believe she has an excellent opportunity to be successful.”

Hooper will join the 12 returning letterwinners from last year’s NCAA Tournament team.

The Wildcats continue their spring slate of scrimmages this Saturday when they co-host the K-State/UMKC Spring Tournament on the UMKC campus. The day full of matches, which starts at 10 a.m. at the Swinney Recreation Center, will feature Arkansas, Arkansas State, KU, Missouri State, Nebraska-Kearney, Omaha, Rockhurst and Wichita State in addition to the Wildcats and Kangaroos.