Vogel Highlights Trio of Double-Doubles, Cats beat Illinois State in Five




0-2 (0-0 MVC)

2-0 (0-0 Big 12)

Aly Dawson: 16 kills, .155%, 20 digs
Ashley Rosch: 16 kills, .220%, 20 digs, 3 blocks
Jaelyn Keene: 16 kills, .371%, 3 digs, 1 ace

Brooke Sassin: 20 kills, .266%, 19 digs, 1 ace
Bryna Vogel: 13 kills, 23 digs
Katie Brand: 56 assists, 24 digs, 5 kills, 2 aces

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5
Illinois State 25 21 27 12 17
K-State 23 25 25 25 19

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Behind three players with double-doubles and a program-record 118 digs, K-State climbed back from a 2-1 deficit and beat Illinois State in five sets (23-25, 25-21, 25-27, 25-12, 19-17) on Saturday at the Hurricane Invitational in the James L. Knight Sports Complex.

Junior Brooke Sassin and sophomore Bryna Vogel both notched their first career double-doubles, with the duo recording career-highs in kills and digs. Sassin had a match-high 20 kills, on 64 attacks and a .266 hitting percentage, to go with her 19 digs while Vogel registered 13 kills and 23 digs, the most by a K-State outside hitter since 2001 when Lisa Mimick and Jennifer Pollard each had 25 vs. Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament.

Redshirt junior Katie Brand, while piloting the offense of K-State (2-0) to a .258 clip, had 56 assists and a career-high 24 digs to tally her 32nd career double-double. It was her first career 20-20 double-double, though, and first by a Wildcat in the rally-scoring era. Brand’s 24 digs were also the most by a Wildcat setter since Disney Bronnenberg had 24 as well on October 23, 1998 at Texas.

Junior Kersten Kober brought the number of Wildcats with 20 or more digs to three as she had 25 to go with her eight assists. The libero’s fourth career match with 20 or more digs was her first since October 1, 2014 (at KU).

The digs, surpassing the previous school record of 117 set on October 10, 1990 vs. KU, were a major part of the K-State defense limiting Illinois State (0-2) to 70 kills on its 226 attacks (.212). In K-State’s second and fourth set wins, the Redbirds hit just .146 and .100, respectively.

In the fifth and deciding set, the Wildcats allowed Illinois State to hit .275 – its highest clip in a set since the first – but K-State was errorless on all 42 of its attempts. It proved crucial as the Wildcats had match point seven times, with the deciding point coming the way of Alyssa Schultejans’ 10th kill of the day. The freshman entered the match in the third after sophomore Kylee Zumach walked off the court on her own power with an injury.

To help it reach the fifth, K-State was powerful in the fourth, turning in 16 kills on a .400 attack percentage, while holding the Redbirds to just eight kills. Sassin (6), Vogel (5) and Schultejans (4) combined for 15 of the Wildcats’ 16 kills. K-State also sided out in all 12 of its opportunities to limit any momentum gained by Illinois State.

The momentum was in the Redbirds’ favor after the third as K-State, with set point in hand at 24-23 after a kill by Brand, allowed a set error by Makenzie Holcomb and back-to-back Illinois State kills to put itself in a two-sets-to-one disadvantage in the contest.

The Wildcats were forced to bounce back from a first set in which it had six attack errors, after eight total in its season-opening sweep of Florida A&M on Friday evening. Vogel and Zumach’s four kills were key parts of the second set win, with a pair of kills by Zumach and a set-deciding kill by Vogel being part of a 6-2 run to end the second. Katie Reininger, who had a career-high three aces in the match, also had two aces during the run.

K-State will complete its trip to Florida on Saturday evening when it plays against host Miami (FL) at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3 and 1350 KMAN. The Hurricanes swept Illinois State on Friday evening and faced Florida A&M after K-State’s win over Illinois State.

The 213 attacks by K-State against the Redbirds are tied for the sixth-most in a match in school history during the rally-scoring era and the most since November 10, 2007 vs. Baylor (213).

The win maintains K-State’s perfect record (6-0) in five-set matches during the rally-scoring era when the deciding set goes to extra points. 

Prior to Brand, the last Wildcat to have a 20-20 double-double was Lisa Mimick on November 25, 2000 vs. Nebraska (21 kills, 29 digs).

The meeting between K-State and Illinois State was the first between the two schools since 1997. The Wildcats have won the last two meetings but trail in the all-time series, 3-2. All three Redbird victories occurred before 1980.