June 25, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The 2014 recruiting class for K-State Volleyball was ranked No. 27 by PrepVolleyball.com in the website’s Top 30 Collegiate Recruiting Classes of 2014.
The six Wildcat freshmen that make up one of the nation’s top classes include setter Kali Eaken (Kansas City, Missouri/Bishop Miege), defensive specialist/libero Devan Fairfield (Grain Valley, Missouri/Grain Valley), opposite Sami Flattum (Lakeville, Minnesota/Lakeville North), outside hitter Makenzie Holcomb (Wichita, Kansas/Derby), outside hitter Bryna Vogel (Clearwater, Kansas/Clearwater), and outside hitter Kylee Zumach (Buffalo, Minnesota/Buffalo).
Eaken arrives at K-State with a highly acclaimed high school and club career that was capped by a senior year in which she was named First Team Under Armour All-American, Gatorade Kansas Volleyball Player of the Year, Kansas Volleyball Association (KVA) 4-1A Player of the Year, Eastern Kansas League Player of the Year, and all-state first team. In 2013, Eaken helped lead Bishop Miege to a 34-10 record and a Class 4A Division I state title, tallying 1,128 assists, 168 kills, 43 blocks, and 39 aces. Eaken, who played club volleyball for KC POWER, was ranked No. 27 nationally in the Class of 2014 by PrepVolleyball.com and was a finalist for the website’s Andi Collins Award, which recognizes the nation’s best senior setter.
Fairfield was a four-year letterwinner at Grain Valley High School, earning All-Missouri Class 3 Second Team honors in 2013 as well as all-state honorable mentions in 2011 and 2012. A setter and outside hitter in high school, Fairfield helped Grain Valley win its district and reach the state tournament in three straight years from 2011-2013.
Flattum, a left-handed opposite hitter, had 216 kills and 41 blocks during her junior season in 2012, helping Lakeville North win the Class AAA state title. She had 24 kills during the 2012 state championships as she was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts. In 2013, she was named all-conference after averaging more than 2.5 kills per set as Lakeville North advanced to the section finals.
Holcomb lettered in three years in volleyball at Derby High School. As a junior in 2012, the all-league honorable mention led her team in aces and was second in kills and blocks. Holcomb is the niece of former K-State volleyball player, Lisa Martin.
Vogel, a club teammate of Holcomb with Heartland Juniors VBC, was the 2013 Kansas 4A Division II Player of the Year after she helped lead Clearwater High School to a league championship and runner-up finish in the sub-state tournament. The two-time Class 4A First Team selection and two-time Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League MVP totaled 1,330 kills, 686 digs, 167 blocks, and 75 aces in her career at Clearwater. She also lettered in softball and basketball, earning all-league honors in both sports.
Zumach, who started attending K-State in the 2014 spring semester, was twice named all-state and conference MVP while at Buffalo High School. In her senior season, she helped Buffalo register a 24-4 record, en route to reaching the semifinals of the section championships. Over the course of her career, she set school records in career kills, solo blocks, and points while finishing second in school history in career digs and third in aces. Zumach also played alongside Flattum at the club level with Mizuno Northern Lights.
The 2014 recruiting class is joined by three transfers: senior Mary Alice O’Reilly (San Jose State), sophomore Brooke Sassin (Mississippi State), and redshirt sophomore Sheridan Zarda (Nebraska). The Wildcats return seven letterwinners and four redshirts from last year’s team that finished 18-11.
The Wildcats were the second-highest ranked team among Big 12 Conference schools in PrepVolleyball.com’s Top 30. Sunflower Showdown rival, Kansas, was ranked No. 15.
K-State starts its 2014 season on August 29 with a two-day tournament in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The following weekend, the Wildcats open their home slate with the K-State Invitational at Bramlage Coliseum. The first match of the three-day tournament is between K-State and Arkansas on Thursday, September 4 at 6 pm.
Season tickets for entire 13-match home schedule, which start at less than $3 per match, are available at www.kstatesports.com/tickets, by calling the K-State Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS (2287), or stopping by in-person at the Bramlage Coliseum ticket office from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 pm, Monday through Friday.