Volleyball team dominates Horned Frogs in four sets

Sophomore outside hitter Bryna Vogel slams the ball toward Texas on Oct. 21, 2015 at Bramalge Coliseum. The Cats lost 3-0 against Texas. (File Photo by Rodney Dimick | The Collegian)

The K-State volleyball team got a sweet win on Halloween night versus the TCU Horned Frogs inside Ahearn Field House.

The Wildcats won the first two sets and bounced back after a third set loss to win the match in four sets.

“I thought we played exceptionally well and hard,” head coach Suzie Fritz said. “The match was like pingpong with a big ball. There were lots of spontaneous plays and we got our hands on a lot of balls.”

K-State has won six of its last seven matches and is tied with TCU for fourth in the conference.

“I don’t think too much about the past or the future,” Fritz said. “I feel like right now we are getting better and that’s huge. I think that’s all you want as a coach is to see improvement with your team.”

They were led on offense by junior Brooke Sassin with 15 kills, followed by freshman Alyssa Schultejans who had 13. Sophomore Bryna Vogel contributed with 12 and freshman Macy Flowers had 10 kills on the night.

Junior Katie Brand, who had 48 assists on the night, ran all of the offense, as she earned yet another double-double and still leads the Big 12 in that category.

In the first set, neither team gave much ground as the biggest led by either team was three. With the Wildcats down by three, they rallied to win the next four to win the set 25-23.

With the score 11-10 in the second set, K-State went on a 5-1 run which was started by a Vogel kill to take a 16-12 lead. TCU came back and got the score to an 18-16 deficit, but the Wildcats won seven of the last eight points to win the set by eight.

Both teams were even, but at the score 20-all, TCU won six of the final seven points to stay alive and win the third set.

The Wildcats came out swinging in the fourth set taking a 11-3 lead. TCU fought back and made the set close, but lost 25-22 and the Wildcats won the match 3-1.

K-State is now tied with the Horned Frogs for fourth in the Big 12 with a conference record of 6-4. The Wildcats are 14-8 overall and will host Texas Tech this Saturday.

“I’m really pleased with the progress we are making,” Fritz said. “I still think we can get a lot better and want to use the month of November to do that.”