Mix of Newcomers, Returners Shine in Purple/White

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– In a tune-up for the season opener which is a week away, the K-State volleyball team split its four sets in the annual intra-squad Purple/White Scrimmage held in Ahearn Field House on Friday.

“We were primarily working on first-swing offense, and I thought we were inconsistent,” said K-State head coach Suzie Fritz. “When we were good, we were very good. But unfortunately, we weren’t holding it at a certain level.

“There were some bright spots, for sure. I thought Alyssa Schultejans played very well offensively. Macy Flowers played quite well. Bryna Vogel played quite well offensively. Those are people we have been developing over the course of time.”

Junior Brooke Sassin, who played the last two sets for Purple, finished with 18 kills to lead all returning letterwinners. The outside hitter hit .216 for the match, but over the final two sets, she turned in a .318 clip (10k-3e-22att) while adding five digs and a solo block.

Sophomores Kylee Zumach and Vogel each registered a double-double, with Zumach tallying 14 in both kills and digs while Vogel registered 12 kills and 13 digs. Out of Clearwater, Kansas, Vogel finished the match hitting .333 (12k-3e-27att), including .389 (8k-1e-18att) over the first two sets. She also had a match-high two aces.

Schultejans, who paced all Wildcats with 66 attempts, recorded a match-high 21 kills with a .197 hitting percentage. The freshman was more efficient as the match wore on as she had just one attack error on 30 attempts over the final two sets and hit .500 to help turn in 16 kills. 

Another freshman, Flowers, was efficient all night as the middle blocker hit .429 and finished with 10 kills on 21 attempts. She also had a match-high eight blocks, half of which were recorded in Purple’s 25-15 win in the opening set. Flowers had five of her 10 kills in the fourth set when she hit .625 and was clean on her eight attacks.

Redshirt junior Katie Brand had 45 assists and 14 digs to finish with a double-double. The setter, who also contributed six kills and seven blocks, piloted the Purple offense for the first, third and fourth sets, helping the team hit a combined .330 (46k-9e-112e) over the three sets. In the third, Brand had 15 assists on Purple’s 20 kills as the side hit .421 (4e-38att).

The opposing setter, redshirt sophomore Bailey Shurbet, finished with 44 assists and 14 digs.

Junior Kersten Kober totaled 19 digs and five assists, playing in all four sets for Purple. Redshirt sophomore Mattie Batchelder, meanwhile, had 22 digs, splitting her four sets evenly for Purple and White.

The Wildcats will continue practice over the next few days before officially kicking off their 2015 campaign with the Hurricane Invitational August 28-29. K-State faces Florida A&M in its season opener on August 28 at 5 pm ET.