Zumach Continues to Make Wildcat History

Continuing one of the greatest freshman campaigns in Wildcat history, Zumach's smiles came with good reason as, in last night's win, her 13 kills were enough to surge her into first place for the most kills ever by a K-State freshman.
 
With last night's total, Zumach has 378 kills in 2014, breaking the previous K-State freshman record of 376 held by Cari Jensen (2000).
 
"It feels awesome," said Zumach after match. Her smile grew and she let out a laugh. "I don't even know how to explain it. I come in here every day and just try to do my job as best as I can and, I don't know, this is just such a great outcome. I'm not focused on how many kills I get, I'm focused on how I can be the best teammate I can, and I couldn't be here, obviously, without Katie Brand and our liberos, without everyone. My success, I think that just reflects so much on how my team is doing too, so that feels awesome."
 
Though Zumach recorded a match-high 13 kills last night, she didn't get going offensively until the final set. A back-and-forth battle, Zumach earned point after point in that final set, finishing with seven third-set kills.
 
"She got it going a little bit late, but once we got her in a good rhythm, she had some pretty good swings and was pretty successful," K-State head coach Suzie Fritz said. "She takes a lot of swings for us. She's an incredibly talented and a terminal attacker, and we're very thankful she is on our team."
 
So far this season, Zumach has earned five Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors - the most conference honors in a single season ever awarded to a Wildcat - and had a career-high of 25 kills on September 19 vs. Eastern Michigan, the most kills by a K-State freshman in a single match. She's stepped up when her team needs her and has worked harder than ever to lead K-State to success.
 
Though her first season is one filled with new and exciting accolades, Zumach focuses on her team first and has just one thing in mind: winning.
 
"I'm not real big about (records, accolades) and, I can tell you, Kylee is about winning," said Fritz. "So if killing balls means she's going to win and we're going to win, then that's what she's about."
 
All about winning, Zumach has helped K-State to an overall record of 22-6 this season (9-5, Big 12) and - records aside - she said she will be going into the final two conference matches with the same mindset.
 
Next up for the Wildcats is a trip to Norman, Oklahoma, where K-State will take on the Oklahoma Sooners in McCasland Field House with second-place in the Big 12 standings on the line. The last time K-State played the Sooners (October 22), the Wildcats recorded a 3-0 win. A victory in Norman would mark K-State's third sweep of a Big 12 opponent this season.
 
After Oklahoma, K-State returns home to Ahearn Field House on Saturday, November 29, to face West Virginia in both teams' final Big 12 match of the 2014 season.  
 
"(Last night's win) was huge, but they're all incredibly important," said Fritz about Big 12 matches. "They were important early, they are im       portant now, and they're getting more important as you go. We're in a little bit of a dog fight right now in terms of conference placement, but this team has a legitimate chance to finish in the top third of the league. I think that would be an incredible accomplishment for us."
 
For a complete recap, stats and quotes from last night's match, click here.
 

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