Wildcats Sweep Seattle, Three Reach Double-Figures in Kills




3-4 (0-0 WAC)

7-1 (0-0 Big 12)

Martina Samadan: 13 kills, .667%, 3 blocks
Jelena Vujcin: 11 kills, .171%, 3 blocks
Matea Mamic: 7 kills, .150%, 4 digs

Bryna Vogel: 13 kills, .308%, 10 digs
Brooke Sassin: 10 kills, .364%, 11 digs, 1 ace
Katie Brand: 36 assists, 10 digs, 5 kills, 2 blocks

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5
Seattle 22 20 23 -- --
K-State 25 25 25 -- --

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – K-State earned its fourth sweep of the year, behind three players reaching double-figures in kills, as the Wildcats beat Seattle, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-23, on Saturday at Alumni Memorial Gym.

K-State (7-1) was led by Bryna Vogel (13), Brooke Sassin (10) and Alyssa Schultejans (10) in kills as the offense out-killed and out-hit Seattle (3-4) 50-36 and .297-.192, respectively.

While the 13 kills by Vogel matched the second-highest total of her career, Sassin’s 10 kills extended her streak of eight straight matches with double-digits in that category. The junior is the first Wildcat to start a campaign with such a streak since 2008. 

Sassin and Vogel also joined Katie Brand in registering double-doubles, with Sassin and Brand each recording their team-best fifth of the season. Sassin had a match-high 11 digs to go with her 10 kills, and Brand paired up 36 assists with 10 digs. The redshirt junior added five kills and two blocks as well.

For Vogel, it was her fourth double-double of the season and her career. The sophomore, who hit .308 on 26 swings, had 10 digs.

Despite 10 service errors, which matched its season-high, K-State kept Seattle’s offense out of rhythm for most of the match with aggressive serving. The Wildcats, who had three aces, limited the Redhawks to a .192 hitting percentage, including a .105 clip in the first and .206 in the second. 

K-State forced Seattle to hit negative for the early part of the opening set, helping the Wildcats take a 21-15 lead. The Redhawks scored four of the next five points, though, as K-State called a timeout to slow the momentum. Vogel’s attack error out of the break made it 22-20 Wildcats, but after K-State moved to set point following one of Seattle’s 12 errors in the first, the Redhawks staved off a Wildcat win twice with a kill and K-State attack error. In the final rally, a Sassin dig resulted in a tight set, but Brand dumped in one of her two kills in the opener to seal it, 25-22.

K-State overwhelmed Seattle in the second with a .387 hitting percentage, a clip powered by Schultejans (5 kills, .400 hitting pct.) and Vogel (4 kills, 0 errors, .800 hitting pct.). The Wildcats pulled away early when one of Sassin’s three second-set kills followed up back-to-back kills by Reininger to make it 7-2. K-State never allowed Seattle to close the gap any closer than two as a Schultejans kill and ace by Zsofia Gyimes opened up a 22-18 advantage. K-State was able to close out the second-set win with a combo block by Vogel and Reininger, the fifth kill of the set by Schultejans, and a kill by Brand.

The Wildcats led 18-14 in the third following one of Seattle’s three attack errors in the set, but the Redhawks called a timeout to break up the Wildcats’ momentum. The strategy worked as a Gyimes serve into the net ignited a 5-0 spurt for Seattle that turned into a 19-18 disadvantage for the Wildcats. 

K-State went on to trail as late as 23-22 in the third, but two kills by Sassin sandwiched a kill by Gyimes to compose a run of three straight points and wrap up the Wildcats’ fifth-straight win.

The Wildcats complete their run in the Middle Tennessee Invitational when they take on the tournament-host Blue Raiders at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Prior to Sassin, the last Wildcat to start a season with eight straight of matches of 10 or more kills was Rita Lilliom in 2008. Lilliom went on to post 10+ kills in 29 straight matches that season.

Katie Reininger had nine kills on a .333 hitting percentage as the redshirt junior has now hit .333 or higher in all eight contests this season. She is the first Wildcat to have an attack percentage of .333 or higher in eight consecutive contests since 2008 (Megan Farr, 9 straight matches, Sept. 5-20).

K-State has hit .258 or higher in all eight of its matches this season, including .293 or higher in the last five. The Wildcats entered the day second in the Big 12 with a .300 hitting percentage.

Saturday was the first ever meeting between K-State and Seattle.