Zumach Named All-Region Top Freshman; Trio Honored

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kylee Zumach, who last week was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year, was named the AVCA Midwest All-Region Freshman of the Year on Tuesday to highlight a group of three young Wildcats that earned all-region honors. Redshirt sophomore Katie Brand joined Zumach on the Midwest All-Region Team while redshirt sophomore Katie Reininger was named an honorable mention.

The all-region freshman of the year award for Zumach is the first in K-State history as Zumach is also the first Wildcat freshman to be named to the all-region first team. Brand, who along with Zumach was named All-Big 12 First Team last week, is the second sophomore in school history to earn all-region first team honors (Kaitlynn Pelger, 2011). The two also form the first pair of Wildcats to earn all-region first team selections in the same season since 2003 (Lauren Goehring, Gabby Guerre).

This year, Brand, who has started every K-State set for the last two seasons, became the first Wildcat in school history to record 1,000 assists, 300 digs, 100 kills and 100 blocks in a campaign. The setter led the Wildcats with 1,274 assists while she finished second in digs (314) and third in blocks (104). She also added 112 kills to help her become the fourth Wildcat ever to join the Quadruple-Triple Club (100 kills, assists, digs and blocks).

A unanimous selection for the first Big 12 Freshman of the Year award in school history, Zumach rewrote the K-State record book after leading the team with 412 kills this season, the most ever by a Wildcat freshman and most by any K-State player since 2011. The outside hitter also paced the team in kills per set (3.55) and points per set (3.87), which are both currently the fourth-best marks among all Big 12 players.

A redshirt a year ago, Reininger broke out in her first year playing at K-State, recording 269 kills on a .285 hitting percentage and also tabulating 130 blocks. The middle blocker is the first Wildcat in five years to have 250 kills and 125 blocks in a season (Kelsey Chipman, 2009). Within the Big 12, Reininger is sixth in the conference in blocks/set (1.16) for the entire year while she is eighth in hitting percentage (.291) in conference-only matches.

With the addition of this year's selections, there have been 19 all-region first team selections in K-State history and 28 total nods that include honorable mentions.

K-State reached the NCAA Tournament for the 15th time in program history this season, finishing the year with its 10th 20-win season (22-9) since 2001 under head coach Suzie Fritz.