Wildcats Gear Up For Cal Invitational

Sept. 12, 2013

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Berkeley, Calif. – After a 1,800 mile plane ride, the K-State volleyball team is geared up for the California Invitational on the campus of University of California, Berkeley. While the team is certainly excited to play on the court, the eagerness to see and explore a new city is also present amongst the team.

“The Bay Area is really a fun place and great place for a tourist, especially if you are from Kansas where you are landlocked,” said sophomore middle blocker Katie Reininger. “It’s just an energetic place to visit.”

Reininger has become the de facto tour guide so far during the trip. The native of Colorado Springs spent a year at nearby St. Mary’s College in Moraga – about a 30 minute drive from UC Berkeley (barring that infamous California traffic, of course) – before transferring to K-State this past summer. Her knowledge of the area has helped provide her fellow teammates a lay of the land.

“When we were stuck in traffic for about an hour [getting from the San Francisco Airport to the team hotel], everyone was asking ‘What’s this building?’, ‘What’s that building?’, ‘Where’s the Golden Gate Bridge?’” said Reininger. “A lot of people were excited for this trip just because it is California.”

While there was not a lot of time to visit San Francisco for Reininger during her brief time at St. Mary’s, she did visit a handful times, which were just enough to lead her to a popular tourist attraction with plenty of restaurants and shops to see.

“Pier 39 is a super fun place to be and for getting some authentic clam chowder,” said Reininger. “I hope we can see the city at night because it is gorgeous lit up.”

The familiarity of the region is certainly helpful to teammates during the down time, but Reininger is also able to provide some advance scouting on K-State’s first opponent, Santa Clara.

“The coaches already have a flood of information about [Santa Clara],” said Reininger. “What I can provide, though, is some answers about chemistry and how [the Broncos] function through the match.”

The Wildcats face the Broncos at 4:30 pm PT/6:30 pm CT to kick off the California Invitational. Fans can listen to the game on KMAN 1350 AM or streamed live on k-statesports.com.


Notes: Senior middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger keeps moving up the career leaderboard for K-State program history when she tallied 11.5 points on Tuesday against Tulsa. Pelger is now sixth in career points with 1,559.5 … Redshirt freshman Katie Brand recorded her team-leading fourth double-double of the season against Tulsa. Brand had 38 assists and 13 digs … Lilla Porubek’s 13 digs against Tulsa were a season-high. She fell one short of matching her career-high … K-State held Tulsa to a .025 hitting percentage in the fourth set on Tuesday, a season-low for any opponent in a single set. K-State is second in the Big 12 with an opponent hitting percentage of .154 … Tonight is the fourth match for K-State in the Pacific Time Zone this season.

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K-State (7-0) vs. Santa Clara (3-3)

Haas Pavilion – Berkeley, Calif.

4:30 PM PT/6:30 PM PT


All-time series: Santa Clara leads 2-0

Last meeting: Santa Clara won 3-2 in the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 5, 2008