K-State Finishes Second at Wahine Invitational




2-1 (0-0 Big 12)

3-0 (0-0 Big Ten)

Bryna Vogel: 9 kills, .333%, 
Katie Brand: 21 assists, 9 digs
Kersten Kober: 10 digs, 4 assists

Molly Haggerty: 14 kills, .609%
Lauren Carlini: 41 assists, 10 digs
Lauryn Gillis: 10 kills, 6 digs

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5
K-State 18 15 20 -- --
Wisconsin 25 25 25 -- --

HONOLULU – The Kansas State volleyball team earned a runner-up finish at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational after falling to fourth-ranked Wisconsin Sunday, 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-20). Senior setter Katie Brand and senior outside hitter Brooke Sassin were both voted onto the all-tournament team for their performances.

Brand led K-State with 110 assists (10.00 per set) in the three matches while Sassin paced the Cats with 36 kills (3.27 per set). Kansas State finished the season-opening tournament with a 2-1 record, picking up victories over Arizona and No. 6 Hawai`i.

“It was nice getting a couple wins here and If you asked us early on if we would be happy leaving here 2-1 the answer would be ‘yes’,” said head coach Suzie Fritz after the match. “From the performance perspective in the preseason, of course, there are a lot of inconsistencies. We have got a lot of room to grow.”

Wisconsin never trailed in the opening set, quickly jumping out to an 8-2 advantage. K-State cut the deficit to just two at 12-10 after it rattled off four straight points, but that is as close as the Cats would get. The Badgers committed just one attacking error as a team while forcing the Wildcats into eight errors and a .140 attack percentage. Five Badgers hit at least .333 in the opening set, leading to a team efficiency of .400.

In the second set, an 8-0 Badger run broke open the set at 18-11 and went on to a 25-15 win. The Badgers were efficient all match, hitting over .350 in each set – and .385 for the match - while committing only 10 total attacking errors.

“We were having trouble scoring points and slowing them down,” Fritz added. “When that happens against a team the caliber of Wisconsin, it’s hard to recover.”

The Wildcats put together their strongest set in the third, hitting .286 while committing only three attacking errors with outside hitters Bryna Vogel and Kylee Zumach each recording four kills in the set. The pair led the Cats with nine kills apiece in the match while Vogel hit a season-best .333.

Senior libero Kersten Kober paced K-State with 10 digs, finishing the tournament with 43 (3.91 per set).

Kansas State heads home for the K-State Invitational held in Bramlage Coliseum, Sept. 2-3. The Wildcats open with Michigan (3-0) Friday at 5 p.m. CT and finish the tournament Saturday against Tennessee State (4-0) at 12 p.m. and Georgia Tech (3-0) at 7:30 p.m.


·         The all-tournament team honor is the seventh of Katie Brand’s career. Sassin earns her fifth career all-tournament team distinction.

·         Wisconsin now owns a 3-2 advantage in the series and has now won the last three meetings, including each of the past two seasons.

·         The Wildcats failed to reach double-digit blocks for the first time this season, tallying five vs. Wisconsin.

·         The loss is K-State’s 116th against the Big Ten, more than double the number against any other conference outside the Big 12.

·         The Big Ten is the only conference in the country in which head coach Suzie Fritz has a losing mark.