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History & Tradition


10 20-win Seasons Under Suzie Fritz
 
 
10 NCAA Tournament Appearances in 14 Years
 
 
14 All America Selections Under Suzie Fritz
 
 
34 All Big 12 Conference Selections Since 2001
 
 
94 Academic All Big 12 Selections in the Last 14 Years
 
 
 
 
 All Time Coaches
  • Ann Heider (1974): 22-20-4, .524
  • Mary Phyl Dwight (1975-78): 107-91-05, .540
  • Ron Spies (1979): 15-16-3, .686
  • Scott Nelson (1980-90): 168-176-1, .488
  • Patti Hagemeyer (1991-93): 24-66, .267
  • Jim Moore (1994-96): 61-34, .642
  • Jim McLaughlin (1997-2000): 82-43, .656
  • Suzie Fritz (2001-present)
2003 Big 12 Champions

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 K-State Volleyball History

The 2014 season marked the 41st year for the Kansas State women's volleyball program. Despite the more-than-four decades of tradition, the program has soared during the Big 12 era, posting double-digit 20-win seasons and NCAA Tournament appearances, top-3 finishes in the conference standings and a consistent presence in the AVCA Coaches top-25 poll.

Unprecedented Heights Under Coach Fritz
In 14 seasons at the helm of the K-State volleyball program, Suzie Fritz has quickly established herself as not only one of the most successful coaches in K-State history, but also the nation. Fritz has led the Wildcats to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances as head coach, 14 dating back to her days as an assistant coach, the school's first-ever conference title in 2003 and three Regional Semifinal appearances. She is the winningest coach in school history, posting more than 275 wins in her 14 years as a head coach. In 18 seasons total on staff, Fritz has seen 14 All-America selections, 21 All-Region performers and 45 all-conference players come play as Wildcats.

A Season to Remember
In 2003, Fritz led Kansas State to perhaps its greatest season ever in volleyball. The Wildcats finished the season 30-5, ranked 11th nationally, and won the program's first-ever conference title with an 18-2 league mark. The 2003 squad, led by All-Americans Lauren Goehring and Gabby Guerre, advanced to the Regional Semifinal before falling to 10th-ranked Penn State.

Classroom Champions
All of the program's success has not been relegated to the court, as K-State has received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for four straight seasons and 11 times since Coach Fritz took over the program in 2001. The award, which has been given annually since 1992-93, honors college and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.1 cumulative GPA on a 5.0 scale during the school year.

 All-American Selections   Big 12 All-Conference Selections
AVCA Big 12 Coach of the Year
2014 - Katie Brand (honorable mention) 2003 - Suzie Fritz
2014 - Kylee Zumach (honorable mention) 2002 - Suzie Fritz
2012 - Kaitlynn Pelger (honorable mention)  
2011 - Kaitlynn Pelger (honorable mention) Big 12 Player of the Year
2008 - Nataly Korobkova (third team) 2003 - Lauren Goehring
2007 - Nataly Korobkova (third team)  
2004 - Vali Hejjas (honorable mention) Big 12 Libero of the Year
2003 - Lauren Goehring (first team) 2007 - Angie Lastra
2003 - Gabby Guerre (honorable mention) 2004 - Angie Lastra
1999 - Dawn Cady (second team) 2003 - Laura Downey-Wallace
  2002 - Laura Downey-Wallace
Volleyball Magazine  
2011 - Kaitlynn Pelger (third team) Big 12 Newcomer of the Year
2001 - Liz Wegner (honorable mention) 2007 - Nataly Korobkova
2000 - Liz Wegner (honorable mention) 2003 - Vali Hejjas
1999 - Dawn Cady (honorable mention)  
  Big 12 Freshman of the Year
Strength and Conditioning 2014 - Kylee Zumach
1992 - Kathy Saxton  
Full All Time Honors and Awards


"I loved my experience at Kansas State. It was a perfect fit for me and helped me develop and turn into the person I am today"
Dawn Cady-Sullivan
Class of 2000

All American, 1999

  • One of five players in school history with 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career.
  • Second player in school history to record 1,500 digs in her career.
  • Ranks fifth all-time in K-State history in digs and third in both career kills and total attacks.
  • Holds 8 school records
  • Holds 3 Big 12 Conference records
 

"Lauren is probably the best middle blocker in the history of K-State Volleyball. She is a wonderful leader and truly epitomizes the term 'student-athlete'."
Head Coach Suzie Fritz

All American, 2003

  • K-State's all-time career leader in hitting percentage at .354
  • Left as the all-time kills leader by a middle blocker with 1,212 in four seasons
  • Collected at least 100 kills, digs and blocks twice during four-year career
  • Holds three of the K-State's top 10 hitting percentage marks for a single season
 

"Gabby can do things offensively that no other setter in the country can do in terms of her ability to attack... there's no situation she can't handle"
Head Coach Suzie Fritz

All American, 2003

  • Finished second all-time in school history with 4,943 assists in four seasons.
  • Collected five career triple-doubles, tying a school record
  • Fifth in school history with 43 career double-doubles
  • One of only two players to ever reach the century mark in four statistical categories in the same season (2003: 221 kills, 294 digs, 1517 assists and 110 blocks)
 

"I don't think I could have experienced anything like this anywhere if I had gone anywhere else in the United States. The friendliness of the people and how they treated me, I was really in a family. I think K-State is a place I can come back and be back home."
Vali Hejjas
Class of 2006

All American, 2004

  • Finished third all-time in career kills-per-game average with a 3.72
  • Became just the fourth player in school history to notch 30 kills in a match
  • Led the Wildcats in kills and attacks for two seasons
  • Had 300 kills and digs during the 2004 season
 

"I am forever grateful for my time at K-State. The environment the fans created was amazing game after game. Under Suzie's guidance I learned a lot, and I am glad to forever be a part of the K-State family"
Nataly Korobkova

All American, 2008
All American, 2007

  • Led Kansas State to the NCAA Tournament Second Round before being eliminated by Oregon in 2007 and again in
    2008 losing to Santa Clara in the first round.
  • 498 kills in 2007 ranks seventh all-time at K-State for a single season.
  • Total of 11 matches with 20 or more kills for her career ranks tied for sixth all-time in school history.
 

"K-State will always hold a special place in my heart. Going to K-State allowed me to pursue my dreams not only as a volleyball player but as a student. I am proud to be a Wildcat and will always consider K-State home."
Liz Wegner Bush
Class of 2002

All American, 2001
All American, 2000

  • Holds 21 school career, single-season and single-match records, including career kills (1,907), career kills/game (4.48), 20-kill matches (27) and total attacks (4,891).
  • Ranks among the top 10 in six other career categories
  • Holds nearly all the school marks for kills, including the
    match-highs in all regular season and postseason contests.


The Double-Grand Club/Career
Player Years Kills Digs Assists
Mary Kinsey 1984-87 1,228 1,025 ---
Shawnee Call 1985-88 1,337 1,174 ---
Kim Zschau 1995-98 1,646 1,518 ---
Dawn Cady 1996-99 1,611 1,258 ---
Liz Wegner 1998-2001 1,907 1,121 ---
Gabby Guerre 2001-04 --- 1,013 4,943
Caitlyn Donahue 2009-12 --- 1,107 3,618


Quadruple-Triple Club/Single-Season
Player Year Kills Digs Asts Blks
Renee Whitney 1985 100 285 1156 104
Gabby Guerre 2003 221 294 1517 110
Stacey Spiegelberg 2006 107 249 1415 107
Katie Brand 2014 112 314 1274 104


Triple-Triple Club/Single-Season

Player Year Kills Digs Asts Blks
Helen Bundy 1985 157 161 -- 138
Jill Dugan 1992 205 198 -- 107
Kate DeClerk 1994 215 191 -- 107
Jill Dugan 1994 201 185 -- 133
Valerie Kastens 1988 181 167 -- 147
Renee Whitney 1984 114 304 1062 --
Kate DeClerk 1995 387 292 -- 135
Kate DeClerk 1996 353 295 -- 140
Val Wieck 1996 271 199 -- 164
Val Wieck 1997 290 296 -- 153
Val Wieck 1998 306 252 -- 146
Kelle Branting 2000 329 145 -- 110
Lauren Goehring 2001 223 256 -- 109
Lauren Goehring 2003 403 160 -- 135
Gabby Guerre 2004 184 245 1265 --
Agata Rezende 2005 440 105 -- 112
S. Spiegelberg 2005 134 218 1482 --
Nataly Korobkova 2007 498 194 -- 141
Stacey Spiegelberg 2007 123 200 1590 --
Kelsey Chipman 2009 301 114 -- 131
Kaitlynn Pelger 2010 328 134 -- 100
Kaitlynn Pelger 2011 500 337 -- 121
Kaitlynn Pelger 2013 322 249 -- 112


Full K-State Volleyball All-time Records