Cats Take No. 4 Texas to Brink, Fall in Five Sets




12-2 (4-0 Big 12)

12-4 (1-2 Big 12)

Micaya White: 20 kills, .213%, 16 digs
Chloe Collins: 56 assists, 10 digs, 2 kills
Paulina Prieto Cerame: 20 kills, .500%, 13 digs, 6 digs

Kylee Zumach: 18 kills, .244%, 9 digs, 3 blocks
Katie Brand: 59 assists, 14 digs, 6 kills, 3 blocks
Katie Reininger: 16 kills, .464%, 4 blocks

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5
Texas 25 25 25 18 15
K-State 22 27 17 25 12

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State volleyball team took the No. 4 Texas Longhorns to a decisive fifth set were unable to hang on for the upset, falling 22-25, 27-25, 17-25, 25-18, 12-15. The loss snapped K-State’s seven-match home winning streak and extended Texas’ winning streak over K-State to 26 matches, dating back to 2003.

 “We had opportunities to win that match,” said head coach Suzie Fritz after the match. “I thought we played relatively well. I thought they made some nice adjustments. They can do some things at the pins and that is the majority of what they do. You’ve got to be able to find ways to slow them down.”

In the fifth set and the match level at 7-7, Texas (12-2, 4-0 Big 12) rattled off four straight points, a pair coming off the hands of Micaya White, to open an 11-7 lead. From there, the Longhorns finished out the decisive game, 15-12. White, along with Paulina Prieto Cerame, each finished with a match-high 20 kills.

“Defensively, we made tremendous effort,” Fritz added. “We got ourselves in good position, we gave ourselves some opportunities. Unfortunately, it’s a match we feel we could’ve won. In the end, the difference was probably they got bigger, better transition swings than we did.”

The Wildcats (12-4, 1-2), already down a set, fought off set point in the second game and scored the final three points to tie the match at a set apiece with a 27-25 win. Redshirt sophomore Kylee Zumach picked up five of her team-high 18 kills in the frame.

K-State rebounded yet again in the fourth set after Texas took the third set, 25-17. The Cats hit .531 in the fourth, with 20 kills and just three attacking errors on 32 swings. Senior outside hitter Brooke Sassin tallied seven kills on 10 swings and one error (.600) and middle blocker Katie Reininger added six kills on six attacks (1.000) as K-State ended the set on a 10-2 run.

Zumach (18), Sassin (17) and Reininger (16) all finished in double-figure kills while a trio of Wildcats reached double-digit digs – Bryna Vogel (20), Katie Brand (14) and Devan Fairfield (11).

Brand, along with her 59 assists in the match, recorded her fifth consecutive double-double and sixth in seven matches.

Texas outhit K-State, .296-.250, and out-blocked the Cats, 12.0-8.0. Each side recorded four service aces.

K-State will travel to Lubbock, Texas, to take on Texas Tech (10-8, 0-3) Wednesday night at 6 p.m. The match can be heard at 1350 KMAN and


·         Texas now leads the all-time series between the teams, 26-7, and has won the last 26 matches, dating back to 2003.

·         This was the first time since 2008 that K-State and Texas has gone the full five sets.

·         Katie Brand’s nine double-doubles this season lead the Big 12. She now has 60 in her career, placing her second on K-State’s all-time list.

·         Reininger set a new season high with her 16 kills. She has reached double-figure kills in three of the last six matches.

·         Vogel equaled her season-best output with 20 digs. Fairfield reached double-figure digs for the third time this year.

·         K-State is 1-2 in the Big 12 for the third time in the last four seasons.