K-State Wraps Up Spring with Strong Showing at UMKC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The K-State volleyball team concluded its spring slate of scrimmages with a 1-1-2 record at the Kansas City Tournament held at UMKC on Saturday.

The Wildcats split their matches against Pittsburg State and Kansas City while they beat Rockhurst (26-24, 29-27) in the first of two afternoon matches.

“We gained significant ground this spring,” said K-State head coach Suzie Fritz. “A lot of our efforts went towards developing consistency in our offense, as well as integrating new personnel into our systems. I like the way this team works and believe that they are fully invested in the process. Right now, when we are good, it can be really good, but we have to be able to string success together.

“Today, Chelsea Keating and Taylor Johnson provided the offensive consistency and senior leadership that we need from them.”

In the 23-25, 25-21 split against Pittsburg State, Keating had five kills on nine errorless attempts for a .556 hitting percentage. Freshman outside hitter Kylee Zumach had a team-high eight kills on 21 attempts. Gina Madonia and Dallas Gardner each had two aces while Gardner led the way with eight digs.

After losing to the professional team, HAVOC, 18-25 and 25-27, K-State bounced back with the win over Rockhurst. Zumach had 10 kills, Keating recorded six kills, and middle blockers Johnson and Katie Reininger also registered six kills each. Katie Brand added three kills and an ace. Kersten Kober finished with a team-high 13 digs.

In the 23-25, 25-23 split against Kansas City, Zumach once again led K-State in kills with 10, but Brooke Sassin added nine kills with a .350 hitting percentage. Seniors-to-be Natali Jones and Keating had six kills each. Sheridan Zarda led K-State with 11 digs, and Kober chipped in nine digs.