SE: Fiser Sisters Continue Family's K-State Tradition

Like all of their teammates, Abbey and Kelcy Fiser have been eagerly awaiting the K-State women’s soccer team’s inaugural home match against Northern Iowa on Friday. For the Fiser (pronounced Fisher) sisters, however, their anticipation holds a relative difference — relative being the key word. 

On top of being sisters who transferred to K-State from Ball State, Abbey, a senior, and Kelcy, a sophomore, have family connections to Manhattan that go back more than 80 years. 

Their father, Mike Fiser, grew up in Manhattan. His brother, Doug Fiser, played football for K-State, earning a letter in 1984. David Fiser, Abbey and Kelcy’s grandfather, played baseball for K-State from 1959-60. Even further back, Lud Fiser, the current Wildcats’ great grandfather, lettered in football in 1929-30 and in baseball in 1930-31. Additionally, he was the head football coach in 1945 before taking over the baseball program from 1947-48. 

So when the two decided to continue their family’s K-State tradition, the response was as expected. 

“My family loves it. My grandparents live here, so my grandpa is all about it,” Abbey said before the season. “It’s definitely a family atmosphere for us.”

Since playing together at Blue Valley West, soccer has been one too. 

“It’s been a great time,” said Kelcy, who teamed back up with her sister at Ball State last year. “A lot of people don’t get to play with their siblings for that long. It’s been really cool that we’ve been able to do that.”

Still, the decision to transfer to K-State, each said, was done individually. 

“I don’t think there was any convincing from either one of us,” Kelcy, who played in 14 matches for Ball State last season, said. “Each one of us made our own decision and both of us knew that it would be the best move individually. It worked out that it was for both of us.” 

“It was kind of one of those things where if it worked out, it worked out, and if it didn’t, then we’d go our separate ways,” added Abbey, who saw action in 60 matches in three years with Ball State, “but we’ve been pretty lucky so far.”

This season, the two have made a combined 11 starts for K-State (2-4-2). Kelcy has totaled seven starts and 710 minutes of game time as a defender while Abbey has worked opposite her sister for nearly 240 minutes in seven appearances.

“It’s been a good experience. She plays left back, I play right back,” Abbey said. “It’s been fun.”

Abbey, as K-State’s only senior, has brought a few intangibles to a Wildcat team filled with underclassmen. First and foremost is experience. 

“She’s been through many games in the past where she’s gone through some adversity, so she brings that experience to the team and to the players,” K-State head coach Mike Dibbini said. “She’s very composed in the moment, so I think that should help us.” 

“A few of the teams we’ve played this year we’ve actually played in the past and she’s played them before,” Kelcy added. “So she definitely knows what to expect and it’s been good to have her experience.”

Abbey, after an eight-game road trip to open the season, said she’s stressed to her teammates the importance of keeping the right mindset.  

“It’s really important to try to stay positive,” she said, “and if we don’t win to keep our heads looking forward and just keep trucking.”

Kelcy, the younger sibling by less than two years, adds a high motor to the team with a gear few others can reach.

“Definitely her speed,” Abbey said of her sister’s strength. “She could beat pretty much everyone on the field if she put her mind to it.”

“She can go for days. Her primary strength is that in itself to where if it’s not going well for her offensively, she’s there defensively still,” Dibbini added. “She just keeps going and she gives us a lot of that spark when we need the energy.”

The energy will be cranked up a notch when K-State debuts its team for the first time in the regular season on Friday at 7 p.m., at the K-State Soccer Complex. With an overflow crowd expected, the Wildcats can’t wait to play in front of their K-State family, which for the Fiser sisters will include more than 10 of their own. 

“A lot of family,” Abbey said, cracking a smile at her sister. “Everyone’s coming.”