Cats Win Fifth Straight, Claim Wildcat Classic Title


GAME RECAP

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LOYOLA
RAMBLERS
4-5 (0-0 MVC)

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K-STATE
WILDCATS
7-2 (0-0 Big 12)

LEADERS:
Gabi Maciagowski: 15 kills, .355%, 4 digs
Delilah Wolf, 27 assists, 3 digs, 1 ace
Maddy Moser: 22 digs

LEADERS:
Kylee Zumach: 12 kills, .348%, 2 blocks
Katie Brand: 35 assists, 2 aces, 4 kills
Bryna Vogel: 8 kills, .500%, 9 digs

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5
Loyola 19 21 14 -- --
K-State 25 25 25 -- --

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Led by Wildcat Classic MVP Katie Brand, the Kansas State volleyball team completed an undefeated weekend with a sweep (25-19, 25-21, 25-14) of Loyola Chicago Saturday afternoon at Ahearn Field House. K-State claimed the tournament crown on its way to its fifth consecutive win.

“They were a tough team,” said outside hitter Kylee Zumach after the match. “They had a great offense but we found a way to win. We are a veteran team and that’s what veteran teams do.”

K-State (7-2) trailed at only three different points during the three-set match, and never trailed by more than two points, forcing Loyola (4-5) into a negative attack percentage (-.103) in the final set - four kills, seven errors, 29 attacks. K-State hit .250 for the match and a match-high .486 in the second set.

The Cats collected all four of their team blocks in the final frame, led by sophomore middle blocker Macy Flowers with three.

Zumach led all Wildcats with 12 kills on a .348 efficiency. Brand handed out 35 assists and finished the tournament with 126 assists in the three matches (12.60 per set), aiding K-State's high attacking percentages in the four-team tournament.

Junior outside hitter Bryna Vogel was also voted to the all-tournament team, hitting .451 with 27 kills (2.70 per set) in the three matches. Vogel recorded eight kills (.500), nine digs and three aces in the win over Loyola. The Clearwater, Kansas, native has hit north of .400 in four of the last five matches.

Brooke Sassin was the only Wildcat to reach double-figure digs with 10.

Kansas State concludes a seven-match homestand Tuesday night when it welcomes Creighton to Ahearn Field House at 6 p.m. CT. Creighton defeated K-State in five sets last season in Omaha. The Blue Jays and the Wildcats both received votes in the latest AVCA Top 25 poll. The match can be viewed at K-StateHD.TV and heard on 1350 KMAN.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Kolby Bird, Miami
Katie Brand, Kansas State (MVP)
Evie Grace Singleton, Mississippi State
Morgan Reardon, Loyola
Olga Strantzali, Miami
Bryna Vogel, Kansas State

NOTES

·         Kansas State is now 30-2 against non-conference opponents on its home floor, dating back to 2010.

·         Senior Kersten Kober’s streak of at least 10 digs is snapped at 18 matches, as the libero registered seven against the Ramblers.

·         K-State is one match from equaling its longest winning streak of 2015 (six matches, twice).

·         This is Wildcats first victory this season when recording fewer blocks than their opponent (70-4.0).

·         Thirteen of the 14 Wildcats to appear in the match recorded at least one dig.

·         K-State served up a season-high seven aces against Loyola, the most the Cats have posted since Sept. 26, 2015 vs. Baylor.