K-State, Fritz Reach Historic Milestones Friday
K-State, Fritz Reach Historic Milestones Friday
5-3 (0-0 SEC)
5-2 (0-0 Big 12)
Evie Grace Singleton: 17 kills, 9 digs
Jelena Vujcin: 12 kills, .333%, 1 ace
Payton Harris: 23 digs
Brooke Sassin: 18 kills, .485%
Katie Brand: 51 assists, 5 digs, 4 kills
Bryna Vogel: 10 kills, .450%, 11 digs
4-4 (0-0 ACC)
6-2 (0-0 Big 12)
Ashleigh Martin: 14 kills, .312%, 3 blocks
Regan McGuire: 8 kills, 8 blocks, 1 ace
Sarita Mikals: 9 kills, .391%, 13 digs, 4 blocks
Brooke Sassin: 13 kills, .409%, 4 digs
Katie Brand: 40 assists, 5 kills, 3 digs, 1 ace
Macy Flowers: 5 kills, 1.000%, 5 blocks
MANHATTAN, Kan. - It was a special night Friday at Ahearn Field House for the Kansas State volleyball team. Sitting on 799 all-time wins, K-State picked up program victories 800 and 801 in impressive fashion, becoming just the third Big 12 team to reach the milestone. K-State defeated Mississippi State in four sets (25-16, 24-26, 28-26, 25-16) before sweeping Miami (FL) in the nightcap, 25-19, 25-17, 25-23, of the Wildcat Classic.
Kansas State (6-2) head volleyball coach Suzie Fritz also picked up career victory No. 300. The 16-year head coach is already the program’s winningest coach. Her now 301 wins rank third among active Big 12 coaches and are 5th all-time in the conference’s history.
“That’s representative of a lot of years and a lot of work from a lot of people,” Fritz said of the program’s 800-win achievement. “That’s a big deal, I don’t want to diminish that.
“It’s about them, it’s not about me,” Fritz added. “I’m just trying to get them organized and help them be the best they can be. When you help them maximize their potential, that’s when you know you’ve done a good job.”
“Suzie means so much to all of us,” said senior libero Kersten Kober. “We love playing for her. There’s no better coach to play for.
“It’s so awesome to be a part of something so exciting for her and this program,” added Kober, who has been involved in 63 victories in her career.
Both Wildcat wins Friday could be described the same – balanced and efficient.
Against Mississippi State (5-4), Brooke Sassin (18), Kylee Zumach (12), Bryna Vogel (10) and Macy Flowers (10) all reached double-figure kills while hitting over .350. Collectively, K-State committed only seven attacking errors on 119 swings in the four sets for a .420 hitting percentage.
K-State again eclipsed the .400 threshold in its sweep of Miami (4-4), with 47 kills on 87 total attacks with just 12 errors (.402).
“I think that’s who we are,” said Fritz. “We are a veteran team and that’s how we can win – being efficient. At different times, I felt we had everybody involved and contributing. A lot of that has to do with Katie (Brand) and the decisions that she’s making and the balls she’s distributing that we can get good swings on.”
Brand dished out 51 assists in the win over the Bulldogs and 40 against the Hurricanes. The redshirt senior now owns 50 career matches tallying at least 40 assists.
Sassin, a former Mississippi State transfer, led the Cats in kills in both matches (18 vs. MSU, 13 vs. UM) and hit north of .400 in each match, with a season-high .485 against the Bulldogs.
“I went into it like it was any other game,” Sassin said of playing her former school. “I knew it was one of those things if you think about it too much or get too emotionally invested that it will affect how you play.”
Sophomore middle blocker Macy Flowers led the Cats in blocks in both matches, posting six against MSU and five vs. Miami. Kober was the team’s leader in digs with 20 and 12, respectively, to extend her streak of at least 10 digs to 18 matches.
K-State completes the Wildcat Classic Saturday against Loyola (Chicago) at 1 p.m. CT. The match can be seen at K-StateHD.TV and heard on 1350 KMAN.
· K-State is 6-0 when recording more blocks than its opponent. The Cats out-blocked MSU, 13.0-2.0.
· Junior outside hitter Bryna Vogel recorded Kansas State’s only double-double on the day with 10 kills and 11 digs against Mississippi State, her second of the season.
· Vogel hit better than .400 in each match (.450 vs. MSU, .412 vs. UM).
· Freshman Maureen Schick got her first career start against Miami while freshman McKenzi Weber saw her first action as a Wildcat.
· Sassin now has 45 career matches with 10 or more kills.
· Macy Flowers recorded five kills on just five swings for a perfect attack percentage against Miami.
· In seven sets played Friday, K-State hit better than .500 in four of them and no lower than .229 in any set.
· K-State leveled the all-time series with the Hurricanes after Miami won the only previous meeting last season on its home floor.
· It was the first-ever meeting between Kansas State and Mississippi State.