Wildcats Drop Home Opener to Michigan in Four Sets




4-0 (0-0 Big Ten)

2-2 (0-0 Big 12)

Kelly Murphy: 21 kills, .455%
Jenna Lerg: 18 digs, 6 assists
Abby Cole: 17 kills, .333%

Bryna Vogel: 16 kills, 13 digs, .282%
Katie Brand: 56 assists, 7 kills, 8 digs
Kylee Zumach, 20 kills, 2 aces

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5
Michigan 25 24 25 25 --
K-State 21 26 19 22 --

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Junior outside hitter Bryna Vogel recorded her first double-double of the season but the Kansas State volleyball team lost a four-set battle (25-21, 24-26, 25-19, 25-22) to Michigan Friday night as part of the K-State Invitational.

The Wildcats (2-2) held a 10-8 advantage in the third set with the match tied at a set apiece when Michigan (4-0) rattled off six straight points as part of a 15-5 run to hand K-State its first home-opening loss since 1989. UM won the pivotal set, 25-19, before closing out the match 25-22 in the fourth.

Michigan committed only 12 attacking errors on 151 swings for a team attacking percentage of .311 (59 kills). The Wolverines eclipsed the .400 mark in both the first and fourth sets. K-State’s single-set high was .293 (4th set) and committed 31 total errors on the night. The Cats hit .225 for the match and were outhit in each of the four sets.

Kansas State had a trio of players reach double-digit kills, led by redshirt sophomore Kylee Zumach with a season-best 20. Outside hitter Brooke Sassin registered 19 and Vogel finished with 16 to go along with 13 digs for her 12th career double-double.

Senior libero Kersten Kober dug a match-high 20 balls, extending her career-long streak to 15 matches with at least 10 digs. It was the 13th time in Kober’s career that she reached 20 digs in a match.

Redshirt senior Katie Brand posted season bests in both assists (56) and kills (7). The 6-1 setter had just one attacking error in 11 attempts for a .545 hitting percentage.

The Wildcats continue the K-State Invitational Saturday when they take on Tennessee State (4-1) at noon CT before facing off with Georgia Tech (4-0) in the tournament finale at 7:30 p.m.


·         The loss marks only the fourth time in program history, and the first since 1989, that K-State lost its first home match of the season.

·         Both teams were receiving votes in the latest AVCA top-25 poll, with K-State receiving the most not ranked in the top 25.

·         Entering the night, K-State was 10-1 all-time in matches played at Bramlage Coliseum.

·         Kansas State leads the all-time season series with Michigan 4-2.

·         Kylee Zumach reached 20 kills for the fifth time in her career. Her six service aces this season are more than her previous two seasons combined (5).

·         Brand eclipsed the 50-assist plateau for the 19th time in her career.

·         The Cats picked up four of their five team blocks on the night in the fourth set.

·         The 31 team attacking errors are more than K-State had in any match last season.