Williams Rounds Out 2016 Signing Class

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State volleyball head coach Suzie Fritz announced two-sport student-athlete Peyton Williams (Topeka, Kansas/Cair Paravel Latin School) will join the program after signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI) with K-State during the Fall National Signing period.

Williams, who officially signed her NLI with the K-State women’s basketball program, will redshirt with the volleyball team during the 2016 season and play basketball during the 2016-17 campaign. The 6-foot-3 middle blocker will begin her volleyball career starting in 2017.

“We are excited about Peyton’s potential,” said Fritz. “She adds good size, power, and athleticism for us at the middle blocker position. She just keeps getting better and better and better, from the beginning of when we recruited her to where she is at now. She’s gaining ground fast. Her ability to learn and adjust is pretty special, and she’s a hard worker as well as a person with tremendous character.”

A product of Cair Paravel, Williams has been a varsity letterwinner in volleyball every year since eighth grade. She was named league MVP and first team all-league in each season.

Williams also played club volleyball for Topeka Impact, where she was named all-tournament at the 2015 USA Volleyball Girls National Championship in New Orleans after helping the 17-1 team finish third.

Her decorated basketball career includes three first-team all-league selections and a second-team distinction. She was rated as high as the No. 20 center in the country by ESPN Hoopgurlz after scoring more than 1,200 points throughout her career.

Williams is part of K-State’s three-person 2016 signing class, a group that also includes middle blocker Elle Sandbothe (Lee’s Summit, Missouri/Lee’s Summit West) and outside hitter Rachel Stark (Minneapolis, Minnesota/Washburn).

The Wildcats end their four-match homestand on Wednesday when they face Iowa State at 7 p.m. in Ahearn Field House. K-State (16-8, 8-4 Big 12) is currently fourth in the Big 12 standings, a half-match back of the Cyclones (16-8, 9-4 Big 12).