The end of the Suzie Fritz era at K-State

Head volleyball coach Suzie Fritz applauses a player during the game against Baylor University in Ahearn Field House on Sept. 26, 2015. (Archive photo by Emily Starkey | The Collegian)

Kansas State volleyball ends its 2022 season with a send-off to their long-tenured head coach Suzie Fritz.

Fritz helped build the program into what it is today. She leaves a legacy of winning at K-State and ends her career with the program record in all-time wins by a head coach.

“Coach Fritz has poured all of her energy into this program for the last 20-plus years,” K-State Athletics Director Gene Taylor said in an announcement on Nov. 27. “And we will forever be grateful for her leadership and advancement of K-State volleyball.”

Fritz propelled the program to prominence, earning 13 Big 12 tournament trips, a Big 12 championship, two Big 12 Coach of the Year awards and numerous player awards under her tenure. 

Entering next season, the Wildcats will have an opportunity to create a new identity with a young roster to help continue the program’s success. 

Upon finishing the season, senior Sydney Bolding earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors and freshman Shaylee Meyers was named All-Big 12 Rookie Team, showing promise for the future. 

“There is a lot to be proud of this season. We were very close in a lot of matches and saw a great deal of improvement throughout the season,” Fritz said after the Baylor game. “Our younger players have really worked hard to be impactful. I thought it was a breakout year for Sydney Bolding, Elena Baka and Mackenzie Morris overall.”

While not having an extremely young roster, growing talent such as sophomore Molly Ramsey and Meyers look to bolster the core of the team. 

Finishing her sophomore season, Ramsey ranked fifth on the team for serving aces and the fourth most for digs. As a defensive specialist, Ramsey will have the chance to play a large role going into next season.

Meyers made an immediate impact in her freshman campaign, recording the best points-per-set and kills-per-set at 3.75 and 3.32 respectively. 

The loss of Fritz leaves many questions for the future of the program. Even so, with young players’ development and progression, there is a silver lining for K-State entering next season.