Fritz Announces Sandbothe as Part of 2016 Signing Class

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State volleyball head coach Suzie Fritz announced the newest member of the three-person 2016 signing class on Friday as Elle Sandbothe (Lee’s Summit, Missouri/Lee’s Summit West) signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) during the Fall National Signing Period.

A 5-foot-11 middle blocker, Sandbothe totaled more than 500 kills and 300 blocks in three years as a letterwinner at Lee’s Summit West while also garnering all-conference and all-state honors. She had a career-high 212 kills along with 105 blocks in her senior year.

“Elle is all about speed: arm speed, foot speed. She gets from side to side in a hurry,” said Fritz. “She is incredibly versatile as an attacker, hitting in a number of different gaps along the net. She has some special athletic gifts as she is a big jumper who gets off the ground fast. As a person, she has a special charisma about her; it draws people in. People love to play with her. She will bring a good energy to our program.”

Sandbothe earned Class 4A All-State honorable mention honors from the Missouri High School Volleyball Coaches Association (MHSVCA) as a junior after averaging 2.9 kills per set and adding a career-high 113 blocks, 58 digs and 18 aces.

As a sophomore for the Titans, she had 158 kills on a .328 clip while also registering 103 blocks to help her be named all-conference second team. She lettered in basketball that same year, earning all-conference honorable mention honors.

In addition to playing high school volleyball at Lee’s Summit West, Sandbothe played club volleyball for Invasion VBC based out of the Kansas City metro area.

“Elle is super-athletic with a lighting fast arm swing,” said her club coach Mark Ethridge. “She is competitive, highly energetic and brings out the best in her teammates. Perhaps best of all, she plays her best in big matches.”

Sandbothe will join current redshirt freshman Devan Fairfield (Grain Valley) as the two Missouri natives on the Wildcats.

Sandbothe comes from an athletically-accomplished family as her mother, Teri, is a member of the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, being inducted in 1996. Teri competed in a variety of events for the Tigers, primarily as a heptathlete, from 1986-89 and was a four-time All-American and seven-time Big Eight champion. Her father, Mike, is a former captain for the Missouri basketball team (1986-89), where he still ranks among the school’s top-10 in career assists, steals, and games played. Elle’s sister, Taylor, is in her third year as a middle blocker at Ohio State and brother, Garrett, is a senior basketball student-athlete at Central Missouri.

Sandbothe, Rachel Stark (Minneapolis, Minnesota/Washburn) and Peyton Williams (Topeka, Kansas/Cair Paravel Latin School) make up the 2016 signing class.

“All three [Sandbothe, Stark and Williams] are very good students as well as kind, hard-working, and humble people,” added Fritz about the class. “We are excited for their potential and growth as student-athletes within our K-State volleyball family.”

After a weekend bye, K-State (16-8, 8-4 Big 12) returns to court on Wednesday, November 18 to take on Iowa State (16-7, 9-3 Big 12) in Ahearn Field House at 7 p.m. The Wildcats enter the match fourth in the Big 12 standings, one match back of the third-place Cyclones.