K-State Volleyball Adds Two for 2017

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State volleyball program made two additions to its program for the 2017 season during the National Letter of Intent (NLI) signing period, head coach Suzie Fritz announced. K-State will welcome outside hitter Brynn Carlson (Woodbury, Minnesota) and setter Alex Haffner (Lee’s Summit, Missouri).

Carlson, a 6-foot-4 outside hitter, averaged 4.56 kills per set while hitting .295 in her senior season at Cretin-Derham Hall High School. A captain of her varsity team, Carlson led her team to two conference titles and was an all-conference selection three times while she was twice named all-state in Minnesota. Carlson finished No. 10 in the state with 433 kills her senior season and ended her high-school career with 1,135 kills. The Woodbury, Minnesota, native played club volleyball for Northern Lights, winning two national championships and earning 2015 AAU All-America status.

“We are extremely excited about all of the outstanding qualities that Brynn will bring to our team,” said Fritz. “Besides the fact that she possesses a great deal of volleyball talent and potential, she is an extraordinarily high-achieving student-athlete who will excel in the honors program at Kansas State as well.

“As a player, Brynn will add an element of power, versatility and physicality as a 6-4 left-side hitter,” Fritz added. “She has proven success in all areas of her life and in everything she does. We have been equally impressed with her character, commitment to excellence and competitiveness. She possesses outstanding leadership skills, excellent communication skills and a disciplined work ethic. We are thrilled that Brynn has made the decision to graduate from Cretin-Derham this fall to join us for Spring 2017 and prepare herself to be impactful early in her career with us.”

Haffner was a four-year starter for Lee’s Summit North High School and was named First Team All-Conference, All-District and All-Region while being an honorable mention all-state selection in Missouri. The 5-10 setter finished her senior season ranked fifth in the state for total assists and eighth in assists per set. She was also chosen as a finalist for the Evelyn Gates Award, which is given out yearly to honor the top high school varsity volleyball student-athlete in the Kansas City area.

“Alex has all of the intangible qualities that you are looking for in a player: communication skills, competitiveness, confidence and a strong leadership presence,” Fritz said. “As a player, Alex’s speed, power and athleticism caught our attention early in the recruiting process. As we got to know her better, we learned that her ability to connect with people would be a wonderful asset to our program. She is a skilled all-around player who excels at managing first and second contact, which can allow her to be impactful at multiple skill positions.

“Alex, as well, will gain a significant advantage by graduating from Lee’s Summit North early and joining our program in the Spring 2017,” added Fritz.

K-State (18-8, 7-6 Big 12) will face Oklahoma (13-12, 4-8) in their next match on Wednesday, November 16 at 7 p.m. at Ahearn Field House. The Cats took the season’s first meeting from the Sooners in four sets in Norman back on October 15.