Volleyball looks for success at Georgia Tech

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Freshman middle blocker Peyton Williams and freshman outside hitter Brynn Carlson block the ball during the volleyball game against Arkansas in Ahearn Field House on Aug. 31, 2017. (Photo by Sabrina Cline | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State women’s volleyball team is set to travel to Atlanta, GA for the Georgia Tech Invitational on Thursday. They will be matched up against the University of North Florida at 7 p.m. on Thursday night.

After playing in the K-State Invitational this past weekend, the Wildcats will seek a victory against the Ospreys who just finished playing in Statesboro, Georgia.

Head coach Suzie Fritz spoke of the leadership of the team’s only senior Bryna Vogel saying, “Bryna leads in extraordinary ways, but first and foremost by example.” Fritz said. “Where she’s probably grown the most is her ability to communicate directly, and challenge her teammates and to do more than just lead by example.”

With a record of 2-4, K-State will look for their underclassmen to step up. North Florida will come into the match with 4 wins and 3 losses for this season.

K-State averages 12.4 digs per set, while North Florida averages 14.4, and kills per set K-State averages 12.3 and North Florida with 11.5 in a game.

Redshirt junior Kylee Zumach talked about how the team has come together with having only one senior on the roster.

“We’ve really been trying to come together and lean on one another regardless of age and have open communication to know that you can trust anyone,” said Zumach.

Redshirt sophomore Sarah Dixon, who played for the University of Arizona in 2015, leads the team with 8.91 assists per set.

Dixion talked about the transition to K-State from Arizona, and had nothing but great things to say about those around her.

“The transition has been really great. We have one of the most supportive staffs and the team has made it really easy because they’ve had my back through it all and they’ve made it really easy,” said Dixon.

According to Zumach, the Wildcats are already looking at what to accomplish this season, including another run at the NCAA tournament.

“One of my goals in to play 6 rotations, which I’m doing that, and I would just really like for this team to mature and to get better as a whole,” said Zumach.

Zumach leads the Wildcats with 3.25 points per set.

K-State will then look ahead to the rest of the weekend with matchups against the Xavier Musketeers on Friday, and afterward against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets following the first match.

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