Although new to K-State, first-year head coach Danielle Steinberg is no stranger to the state of Kansas. The Tel Aviv, Israel native received her master’s degree in sports management from Wichita State while serving as assistant head coach from 2010-12.
Six players return from last year’s 10-13 squad. The team will be anchored by senior Amina St. Hill. She is the lone senior on the roster and garnered a personal best 16-13 record in singles competition as a junior.
The other seven athletes on the roster are either sophomores or freshmen. Overall, six countries are represented on the roster.
The Wildcats, who are coming off an 18-11 season, will be led by three returning starters in sophomore setter Katie Brand, senior outside hitter Chelsea Keating and sophomore defensive specialist/libero Kersten Kober.
Brand was the only player from K-State listed on the Big 12 Preseason Team. The Grand Island, Nebraska native led all Big 12 setters in kills, blocks and points. Senior defensive specialist/libero Gina Madonia returns to anchor the backline. She was the first Wildcat to finish with over 200 digs in a season since 2004.
The Wildcats open the season on August 29 at the University of Green Bay as the projected No. 5 team in the Big 12.
Carly Ragains returns as one of two seniors this fall. She finished as the team’s leading scorer last season (75.90) while also grabbing two top-10 finishes. The second-team all-Big 12 performer’s best finish as a junior came at the BYU Entrada Classic when she finished in a fifth-place tie.
Kristi Knight is entering her 20th season as head coach; she is the longest-tenured coach in the Big 12.
Despite losing Daniel Wood, who finished with the sixth best stroke average in school history with 72.43, first-year head coach Grant Robbins arrives this season, bringing valuable experience.
Junior Matt Green tied for the team lead by participating in 12 events in 2012-13. He tallied a 74.85 stroke average and carried a team-best seven rounds at par or under. Green will be joined by senior Kyle Weldon, who scored in all 10 events that he competed in during the 2012-13 season.
Robbins joins the Wildcat program after spending 11 seasons at Memphis and has been a head coach for 15 years. The season will open on Sept. 15 in Monterey, California.
Coming off of an 11-6 season, the Wildcats will be lead by captains seniors Madison Wayda and Savannah Smith, junior Danielle Kemper and sophomore Chelsea Buttermore.
After falling in the second round of last season’s NCEA National Championships, the team will benefit from a roster that saw little turnover. Only five seniors depart from the 49 listed competitors last season.
An opportunity for a bounce back season awaits the Wildcat runners. For the first time since 2007, zero athletes from the program competed in the NCAA Championships.
The women’s side will be anchored by senior Laura Galvan and junior Mary Frances Donnelly. At last season’s Midwest Regional Championships, Galvan finished 16th with a time of 20:54.20 and Donnelly placed 44th with a time of 21:30.50.
The men’s team will be led by senior Fernando Roman, who also closed the season by competing in the Midwest Regional Championships. Roman finished 131st with a time of 32:53.39.
Competition opens on Sept. 6 at Wichita State for the J.K. Gold Classic Duals.