Record 11 Wildcats Named Academic All-Big 12

Official Big 12 Release

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A program-record 11 Kansas State volleyball student-athletes were named to the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Team, including nine on the first team, as the conference office announced the full 60-member list Tuesday. K-State, along with Oklahoma, earned the highest number of representatives in the conference.

Seniors Katie Brand (Life Sciences) and Kersten Kober (Accounting) headline the record-setting group of 11 Wildcats, as the two were among five players this season to turn in a perfect 4.0 GPA. Brand is K-State’s first four-time honoree since Jenny Jantsch (2005-08) and is just the third Wildcat ever to be honored four times. Kober was named to the first team with a 4.0 GPA for the third straight year.

This is the first time K-State has had multiple student-athletes honored with 4.0 GPAs since the 2008 season. Both the 11 total honorees and nine first-team award winners are all-time program highs.

Other first-team selections include Mattie Batchelder (Kinesiology), Macy Flowers (Animal Sciences & Industry/Pre-Vet), Zsofia Gyimes (Business Administration), Katie Reininger (English-Creative Writing), Brooke Sassin (Family Studies & Human Services), Alyssa Schultejans (Accounting) and Bryna Vogel (Animal Sciences & Industry/Production Management).

Reininger, a redshirt senior middle blocker, earned her third-career honor while Batchelder, Sassin and Vogel are each named to the first team for the second consecutive season. Sophomores Flowers, Gyimes and Schultejans each collect their first award.

Redshirt sophomores Devan Fairfield (Social Sciences) and Kylee Zumach (Family Studies & Human Services) were both named to the second team. Fairfield, a defensive specialist, was named to the second team for the second straight year while Zumach earned her first-career recognition.

The success in the classroom balances with the group’s on-the-court contributions as well. Brand and Kober are the team leaders in assists and digs, respectively, while Sassin, Vogel, Zumach, Reininger and Schultejans rank first through fifth, in order, on the team in kills. Fairfield is just one of two Wildcats to play in all 100 sets this season.

This marks the sixth straight year that K-State has had at least six selections, totaling 47 over that stretch. The Cats have earned the most overall Academic All-Big 12 honors in conference history (141) as well as the most first-team selections (119). Under head coach Suzie Fritz, K-State has earned 112 distinctions, also the most in the conference since 2001.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher, either cumulative or the two previous semesters, and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

First-team selections achieve a GPA of 3.20 or better while second-team honorees maintain a GPA ranging from 3.00-3.19.

K-State (18-8, 7-6 Big 12) welcomes Oklahoma (14-12, 5-8) on Wednesday in its second-to-last home match of the season. The Cats took a four-set decision in Norman back on Oct. 15 and seek to sweep the season series with the Sooners for the second straight year. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m., at Ahearn Field House.

The match will be broadcast nationally on FOX College Sports Central and worldwide on K-StateHD.TV, with Brian Smoller calling the action and former Wildcat Liz Wegner-Busch serving as match analyst. Fans can also listen to Rob Voelker call the match on local radio at 1350 KMAN and at

First Team (3.20+ GPA)





Mattie Batchelder#



Colorado Springs, Colo.

Katie Brand$%

RS Sr.

Life Sciences

Grand Island, Neb.

Macy Flowers*


Animal Sciences & Industry/Pre-Vet

Chanute, Kan.

Zsofia Gyimes*


Business Administration

Budapest, Hungary

Kersten Kober$^



Southlake, Texas

Katie Reininger^

RS Sr.

English-Creative Writing

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Brooke Sassin#


Family Studies & Human Services

San Antonio, Texas

Alyssa Schultejans*



Silver Lake, Kan.

Bryna Vogel#


Animal Sciences & Industry/Production Management

Clearwater, Kan.

Second Team (3.00-3.19 GPA)

Devan Fairfield#

RS So.

Social Sciences

Grain Valley, Mo.

Kylee Zumach*

RS So.

Family Studies & Human Services

Buffalo, Minn.

$ 4.0 GPA
* First-career honor
# Second-career honor
^ Third-career honor
% Fourth-career honor