Wildcat Volleyball Adds Three for Spring

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State volleyball coach Suzie Fritz has brought a portion of her incoming class for the 2010 season on campus already for the spring semester. A trio of freshman graduated high school early and has enrolled in classes at K-State to begin the transition to college volleyball and workout with the team during spring practices.

Tristan McCarty, Kaitlynn Pelger and Erin Truett all will be with the Wildcats this spring in a growing trend in women's volleyball of enrolling early to make the move to collegiate volleyball.

"It's extremely beneficial to both the student-athletes and our program when we can get them here in the spring," Fritz said. "In the spring our priority is individual development. When they come early they gain a better understanding of our systems and can begin to develop working relationships with their teammates and our staff. It's huge for us because they have an opportunity to compete early and we get to spend an entire semester with them prior to having to worry about winning and losing matches."

McCarty is a local product from Manhattan and played club ball for Topeka Elite and will be a defensive specialist for the Wildcats. As a senior this fall, she helped lead the Indians to third place at the state tournament and said graduating high school early to come to K-State for the spring semester was a group decision and one she is excited about.

"Between my coaches and family, we all felt it was best for me to get in with the team and get used to college now," McCarty said. "I grew up around this program and love K-State. To have the opportunity to play here is a dream come true for me."

Pelger is from Olathe where she played for Olathe South as a middle blocker and played her club ball with the MAVs - Mid-America Volleyball. Pelger helped lead Olathe South to a league championship and a fifth-place finish in state her senior year and was named first team All-State.

"The coaches and all the girls are awesome," Pelger said. "When I went to the games and watched Suzie and how she coached, I liked her coaching style. And everyone that comes in here she makes 100 times better."

Truett will be the first student-athlete from Arizona to play volleyball at K-State as she comes to Manhattan from Goodyear where she played as a setter for Millennium High School. Truett played her club volleyball for Spiral Volleyball. Coming in early for Truett was an easy decision she said to begin working with the coaching and training staffs and developing bonds with her new teammates.

"I wanted to get the extra training and get to know the other freshmen and increase my chances of playing," Truett said of her decision to enroll early. "The coaches and girls, it's really like a family and they all took me in immediately, and of course the volleyball program is great, too.

The Wildcats will begin official team training in March and welcome back most of the roster from last year's team after graduating just two players.

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