Brand, Zumach Named All-America Honorable Mention

Complete list of 2014 AVCA All-Americans

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Katie Brand and Kylee Zumach were named All-America Honorable Mentions by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), becoming the seventh and eighth Wildcats in school history to earn at least All-America honorable mentions from the organization.

Brand and Zumach were named to the AVCA Midwest All-Region Team last week, helping them reach All-America status this week. Zumach, a finalist for the AVCA National Freshman of the Year award after becoming the first Wildcat to be named Midwest Region Freshman of the Year last week, is also the first K-State freshman to be recognized as an All-American.

Brand is just the second K-State setter to earn an All-America selection, joining Gabby Guerre (Honorable Mention, 2003). Zumach, meanwhile, is the first Wildcat outside hitter since Nataly Korobkova was named All-America Third Team by the AVCA in back-to-back years in 2007 and 2008.

The All-America nods are the first for K-State since 2012 and bring the number of All-American selections by the AVCA to 10 in program history. Of the program's 10 honors, six are honorable mentions, two are third team and one on each the first and second teams.

The 2014 Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Zumach completed a freshman season unseen before at K-State. The Buffalo, Minnesota native set school records for most kills by a freshman in a single match and a season (412) while she paced the Wildcats in kills and points for the entire campaign. The outside hitter had 226 of her 412 kills from the season during Big 12 play, which are the most by a freshman in Big 12-only matches since 2009.

Brand, an All-Big 12 First Team selection this year, played in every set for the NCAA Tournament participant K-State, piloting the team to a .241 hitting percentage - which is only the second time in the last six years the Wildcats hit .240 or higher for an entire campaign. The redshirt sophomore led the Wildcats with 1,274 assists while she also contributed 314 digs, 112 kills and 104 blocks, making her the first player in K-State history to have 1,000+ assists, 300+ digs, 100+ kills and 100+ blocks in a single season.

The Big 12 had 14 players reach All-America status this year, including 10 honorable mentions and four on either the first, second or third teams.

Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 14 athletes. The Division I AVCA National Player of the Year will be announced on Dec. 19 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet.

K-State finished 22-9 in 2014, a season capped by its 15th ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats will lose four seniors from this year's squad but are slated to return 11 letterwinners, a group that includes Brand, Zumach and four other athletes that played in at least 111 of K-State's 116 sets this past season.