Aug. 18, 2012
Media Day Quotes
MANHATTAN, Kan. - With the 2012 season less than a week away, the K-State volleyball team played its annual Purple/White Scrimmage on Saturday evening and hosted Media Day. The Wildcats showed strength with their returning starters, and Head Coach Suzie Fritz said she was pleased with the play of a few others on Saturday night at Ahearn Field House.
Junior Lilla Porubek led the way as she pounded out 20 kills on the night with a hitting percentage of .350 as the White defeated the Purple in four sets. Two other returning starters had big nights offensively for the Wildcats with Courtney Traxson and Alex Muff each posting 12 kills. Muff was solid as she hit .440 from her middle blocker position and almost tallied a double-double with nine blocks.
Defensively, the back row players all had good numbers for both sides. Senior Kuulei Kabalis had the most digs on the night with 20. Sophomore Gina Madonia was next with 16 and junior Tristan McCarty was right behind with 15. Junior middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger also had 15 digs.
"We didn't set our middles a ton, but when we did they were good in reception attack. Lilla was Lilla. She gives us a really consistent presence," Fritz said. "I thought Courtney Cook was really good. The areas that we wanted to improve, we saw some progress."
The Wildcats went into the scrimmage looking to make improvements on offense after focusing mainly on defense the first half of training camp. Fritz said her team as a whole hit marks she wanted to see on Saturday but knows there is more to be done before the season officially opens on Friday.
"Our focus was on offensive things and we set some specific objectives to how we wanted to pass and where we wanted to be in regards to reception attack, and we met all those objectives," Fritz said. "I don't think you're ever happy. That's just the way it is. You know everything about your team, so I'm pleased with the progress that we're making. We have to become a more disciplined team to have some success. But it's also not even September. We don't have to be great right now, but we have to work our way into being great."
K-State will open the season against UC Irvine at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ahearn Field House when the Wildcats host the Varney's K-State Invitational. The tournament will feature two days of action with Oakland and Oregon State also participating.
Season ticket and single game tickets remain on sale through the K-State Ticket Office. For more information call 800-221-CATS or go to kstatesports.com/tickets.