Wildcats open home slate tonight


    Coming off a 4-0 sweep at the Nike Portland Invitational, the K-State volleyball team (6-1) will open the home portion of its schedule tonight with a 7 p.m. showdown against California State Bakersfield in Ahearn Field House. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two squads.
    The Roadrunners (3-4) are no strangers to the Sunflower State, as they competed in Wichita, Kan., at the Best Western Shocker Classic last weekend, going 3-1 in tournament play and earning a second-place finish.
    The Wildcats, ranked No. 20 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, are led by head coach Suzie Fritz, who earned her 150th career victory in a win against the University of California, Irvine  Thursday. Senior outside hitter Nataly Korobkova was named the Portland Invitational’s Most Valuable Player.  Junior middle blocker Kelsey Chipman and senior outside hitter Rita Liliom were also named to the all-tournament team.
    Fritz enters tonight’s match with 153 career wins as the Wildcats’ head coach. She is just 16 victories shy of the school’s all-time record.