Wildcats Claim Arkansas Invitational Title, Vogel Named MVP




11-4 (0-0 C-USA)

11-2 (0-0 Big 12)

Catherine Repsher: 14 kills, .478%
Sarah Bell: 40 assists, 7 digs
Natalie Druhan: 19 digs

Bryna Vogel: 21 kills, .704%, 11 digs, 3 aces
Katie Brand: 60 assists, 10 digs,
Kylee Zumach: 14 kills, .265%

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5
Southern Miss 23 18 25 15 0
K-State 25 25 23 25 --

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – No player in Kansas State volleyball history has recorded 21 kills at a higher efficiency than Bryna Vogel did Saturday. The junior right-side hitter was named Arkansas Invitational Most Valuable Player as No. 25 K-State claimed the tournament title with a 3-1 (25-23, 25-18, 23-25, 25-15) win over Southern Mississippi at Barnhill Arena.

Vogel set a new career high with 21 kills with just two errors on 27 attempts, aiding her team to its ninth consecutive victory. Her .704 attacking percentage was .002 points shy of K-State’s all-time record for a four-set match (.706).

Senior setter Katie Brand, along with Vogel, were both selected to the All-Tournament Team at the four-team tournament. Brand finished with a season-high 60 assists, a career-high for a four-set match. It was the fourth time in her career she reached the 60-assist mark and was just four shy of her all-time career best of 64.

“Bryna was unbelievable today,” Brand said after the match. “It seemed like everything I set her she was putting down. It’s almost unbelievable when someone gets into a zone like that.”

Over the weekend, Vogel averaged 3.55 kills per set at a .485 clip, leading the team in both categories. Brand finished with 139 assists, averaging 12.64 per set, and recorded two double-doubles in the three matches.

K-State (11-2) took a tightly contested first set from a talented Southern Miss (11-4) team, 25-23, as both sides hit an identical .361 attacking percentage on 36 total attempts. Kylee Zumach had six of her 14 kills in the set while Vogel finished the set with five kills on seven swings.

The Cats remained efficient in the second set, hitting .324 on its way to a wire-to-wire 25-18 win, with senior Brooke Sassin killing five balls on 11 swings without an error (.455).

K-State seemed to have the third set, and the match, in hand as the Cats opened up an 18-11 lead. The Golden Eagles stormed back with a 14-5 run to force a fourth set. The third set was the only set in which Southern Miss outhit the Wildcats (.278-.258). Vogel recorded seven kills on seven swings in the set.

Kansas State regained itself and responded like a veteran team. The Cats jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead on their way to a dominant 25-15 final set win in which they hit .424 and led throughout.

K-State won the serve-and-pass battle as they registered a season-high nine service aces to Southern Mississippi’s two, while out-digging the Eagles 61-49 in the match.

Brand (60 assists, 10 digs) and Vogel (21 kills, 11 digs) each finished with double-doubles. It was Vogel’s second double-double this season while Brand leads the team with six.

Sassin ended with 11 kills and senior libero Kersten Kober led K-State with 16 digs.

K-State will begin conference play on Wednesday, September 21, when it hosts Big 12-rival Iowa State at Ahearn Field House. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the match can be seen on K-StateHD.TV and heard at 1350 KMAN.


·         Suzie Fritz is now 6-0 all-time against schools from Conference-USA.

·         Under coach Fritz, K-State is now 114-2 when hitting .300 or better as a team. The Cats are also now 206-7 when holding a two-set lead in a match all-time under Fritz.

·         K-State tied a season low with just four team blocks and was only the fourth time this season losing the battle of the block.

·         Vogel equaled her career high with three service aces in the match.

·         Six different players registered a service ace – Vogel (3), Sassin (2), Brand (1), Gyimes (1), Kober (1) and Zumach (1).