NCAA Selection Show Quotes

K-State Head Coach Suzie Fritz

On the first match vs. Utah…
“They’re a good team from an outstanding conference, one of the best conferences in the country. They have had a tremendous amount of success. I know [Utah head coach] Beth Launiere well enough to know they are well-prepared and they are well-coached. It is a little surprising that we have never played them before, but we are familiar enough on how they play volleyball. It doesn’t matter who is on the either side right now; we would have taken anybody because we have an opportunity to play.”

On Utah’s end of season run…
“They are playing really well. They have had some significant wins here in November and continually moved up in the rankings. They are an exceptionally talented team playing well at the right time.”

On Utah’s style of play relative to the “Pac-12 style” of play…
“There are a lot of different ways to play volleyball, and I think in the Pac-12, just like the Big 12, there are a lot of teams playing a lot of different ways. We have enough familiarity with Utah to know what we are getting ourselves into, but we will know a lot more in a day.”

On preparation for the tournament compared to the regular season…
“The only thing that changes, given the right circumstances, is if you win one, you got to go back-to-back. We just need to be focused on trying to get the first one. Utah is a very good volleyball team and will give us everything they got. It is a difficult first round match.”

On the three seniors, Taylor Johnson, Chelsea Keating and Gina Madonia, having NCAA Tournament experience…
“Having been there before is a big deal. There is no teacher better than experience, we say that all the time, and we have a group of kids that have been there before. That’s beneficial.”

On playing at Nebraska for the third time in the last four years…
“With the regionalization of the NCAA Tournament these days, if you are not one of the top-16 teams, you’re generally not going to get too far from home. Given who is hosting, there’s not an enormous amount of those teams in our region. It’s not a surprising thing for us [to head back to Lincoln].”

On playing close to Manhattan…
“The drive to Lincoln is pretty easy. I like that we are going to get on a bus and be there in an hour and 52 minutes. The convenience of it is pretty nice. The fact that we can have some K-State folks come and the commitment our athletic department has made to bring up some K-State fans and some of our athletic department personnel makes it special for the athletes.”



Cheslea Keating, redshirt senior, outside hitter
On Utah…
“They come from a good conference, so they are going to be a tough first pick. [We] just [need] to go in there and play the best volleyball we can.”

On playing in Lincoln for the third time in the last four years…
“It would have been cool to go somewhere different, but at least we can have K-State fans who can travel there. Instead of getting on a plane, we’ll have some people there that we know, which will be nice.”

On her postseason experience…
“Suzie had us raise our hands earlier to see who hasn’t gone to the [NCAA Tournament] before, and there are quite a few people who haven’t. Being familiar with it a little bit, it will be nice having some experience in postseason play. I think it will help.”

On reaching postseason with an inexperienced team…
“In the spring [of 2014], I don’t think I would have ever thought we would have been as successful as we were. We were just able to really come together and play for each other, and it has really shown.”

On NCAA Tournament providing new life to the season…
“The season gets long. I think we were all kind of starting to wear down a little bit, and people get familiar with how you play. Playing someone you have never seen before, knowing a lot of people are at home, watching and aren’t playing anymore gives us extra life.”

On the team’s character…
“Suzie keeps talking about how we are a resilient team. No matter what the score is, if we’re down 10, we always seem to find a way to get ourselves back in the game.”



Katie Reininger, redshirt sophomore, middle blocker
On being selected for the NCAA Tournament…
“It’s awesome. I’m so excited to take this team to the next level and be able to just experience that adrenaline rush of being in the tournament. It’s such an exciting thing, and we get to experience it.”

On K-State’s mix of veterans and underclassmen…
“I think it’s awesome that we have a good mixture of [veterans and underclassmen]. We have veterans, like Chelsea Keating, Gina [Madonia], Nat[ali Jones] and Tay[lor Johnson], who are coming in and being this steady rock. They are making the plays at the last second, like Chelsea has some big swings when it’s critical. It’s good to have players like that who know the mental aspects of the game, but also to have this youth with us that wants to go full force all the time. If we can balance that going into this, it would be great for us.”

On watching the selection show with teammates…
“It was so exciting. We were kind of just waiting to see the little ticker flip and see our name. We knew were coming next, and to see it was awesome. A little rush of adrenaline and excitement. Everyone kind of grabbed the leg of the person next to them. We were all excited.”

On Utah…
“Utah is a really good team, but I think it will be a good battle. We are going to go out there and do the best we can.”

On the NCAA Tournament providing new life to the team…
“I think it’s a good thing that we had a little bit of setbacks at the end [of the regular season] because now we know what it takes to get our act back together and go forward. Like Suzie [Fritz] said, this is a fresh start.”