Sassin, Vogel Selected to CNT-Indianapolis Program

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State volleyball’s Brooke Sassin and Bryna Vogel were selected to the U.S. Collegiate National Team-Indianapolis program that will train and compete in conjunction with the Girls’ Junior National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana from June 21-30, USA Volleyball announced.

Sassin, a rising senior, and Vogel, a rising junior, were among the 36 athletes named to CNT-Indianapolis after taking part in the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryout in Colorado Springs in February. The pair join setter Katie Brand, who will travel to China as part of the CNT’s 12-person team, as the three Wildcats who earned spots in this year’s national program.

CNT-Indianapolis is part of USA Volleyball’s High Performance pipeline and is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team. After the program is divided into three 12-player rosters from the training portion, the competition phase involving a round-robin tournament of the three squads will take place June 26-29 under the same roof as the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Sassin is coming off a career year in which she had personal-bests in kills, digs, blocks and aces to earn All-Big 12 Second Team honors. The six-rotation outside hitter became the first Wildcat in 16 years to record 300 kills and digs in a season as well as average 3.0 or more in both categories. 

Vogel, from Clearwater, Kansas, broke out in her sophomore campaign in 2015 by turning in 263 kills, 329 digs and 11 double-doubles while playing in every match. The digs were the most by a K-State opposite since 2001 while her and Sassin became the first K-State teammates to both have 250+ kills and digs in 15 years.

Sassin is one of 10 outside hitters selected to the program while Vogel is one six opposites. They also represent two-thirds of the Big 12 athletes selected, with the other member of the trio being Shelly Fanning of Baylor.

K-State continues its spring schedule on Saturday when it co-hosts a tournament with UMKC at the Swinney Rec Center in Kansas City. The slate of scrimmages, which features 10 different teams, starts at 10 a.m.