Wildcats Sign Martin

Jan. 4, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State volleyball coach Suzie Fritz has signed one student-athlete to a National Letter of Intent for the 2011 recruiting class. Kelley Martin will come to K-State this fall and become the sixth Wildcat from Texas in the program's history.

Martin hails from Dallas suburb McKinney where she played at McKinney Boyd High School helping lead the Broncos to three district titles. Martin was named District Defensive Player of the Year the last two seasons and broke the school record for digs in a season with 720 as a senior this fall. This season she earned first team All-State honors to also go with her multiple all-academic awards throughout her career.

Fritz said Martin will make an impact for the Wildcats and is a player that brings a lot of energy to the court.

"I think the thing we're excited about is she's a playmaker and flies around and takes an enormous amount of risk when she plays volleyball," Fritz said. "She's a player that has the ability to make the players around her better. She has tremendous ball handling skills, and we just like how hard she plays."

In addition to lettering four years in volleyball, Martin also competed in swimming for the Broncos and was named first team All-State in 2008. She has a long family history of athletics as well with her mother Sue competing in swimming at the University of Michigan and her father Al playing lacrosse at Bowling Green State University. She also has an uncle who was an All-American lacrosse player at Penn State.

She will compete with the other defensive specialists on the team to fill the starting libero position left vacant by graduating senior Lauren Mathewson. Fritz and her staff anticipate adding to the recruiting class during the next signing period this spring.