Manhattan, Kang. – Behind 18 kills in .516 clip from freshman Shaley MyersK-State completed an undefeated opening weekend of the season with straight-set victories over Florida A&M, 25-14, 25-13, 25-16, to clinch the K-State Invitational title at the Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. did.
The Wildcats (3-0) started the season with three straight wins for the first time since 2013, holding Florida A&M (0-3) to a team hit percentage of -.041. 395 pace while he had a 42-18 edge in total kills.
Playing 6 rotations, averaging 2.60 kills per set, 1.90 digs per set, plus 8 service aces, senior transfers Elena Baka Selected as K-State Invitational MVP.Baka Joined All-Tournament Team by Senior Middle Blocker sydney boulding537 with an average of 2.44 kills per set and produced a total of 10 blocks.
Myers scored 11 kills in the third set alone in his first extra-time action as an outside hitter, requiring only 18 swings to commit one error (.556). The product of Lincoln, Nebraska, he added six kills in the second set and finished the game with four of his eight aces for the Wildcats.
freshman setter Ava Legrand He also saw action in all three sets, handing out a career-high 31 assists and five digs.freshman Brena Schmidt Submitting her first college kill and block as K-State utilized 12 of 13 players on Saturday’s roster.
Cuddy Fernholtz When hayley warner tied for second on the team with seven kills each. Fernholtz, who only needed nine offenses, had his team-high six blocks (five assists, one solo).
As a team, K-State held their opponents to a combined .049 batting average at the K-State Invitational.
how it happened
K-State scored the first four points of the match on Baka’s serve to lead FAMU 11-4. Six wildcats produced kills in the first set, three of which came from idiots.
The Cats stringed together four different scoring runs of at least three points, including a four-point spurt by Myers that included two aces.
Behind a three-team block, Florida A&M forced seven errors, but scored just seven kills against the .000 team’s efficiency. Dominic Washington was responsible for five of the team’s seven kills in the stanza.
K-State used an early 7-point run to create a 10-3 advantage. The stretch featured kills by four different players: Boulding, Fernholtz, Myers and Warner. The Wildcats lead further extended to his 12 points at 19-7 after a 4-point run.
Myers led the offense with six kills on just one error (. 455) in 11 offenses, while Fernholtz added three kills in three swings.
Fernholz and LeGrand piled up three blocks each to take the Cats to a total of five blocks, while the Rattlers forced 10 errors for three kills, giving the team a -.280 hit ratio. Morris has piled up his eight of his twelve excavations for K-State.
Baka’s serve sparked an early rally as K-State tallied the first three points of the final set. The Cats’ lead was then pushed to nine points at 18-9 after a 4-1 burst, with FAMU only allowing him to string back-to-back points twice in the third set.
Another 11 kills from Myers brought her match-high total to 18, which matched Rutter’s total for the entire match. Myers batted .556 in the final set.
The Cats had 18 total kills in the frame for a .417. Warner compiled 3 kills in just 4 swings and Fernholtz added 2 kills in 3 tries.
from the head coach
head coach Susie Fritz
On using team depth against Florida A&M…
“It’s been a good weekend for us. Playing three games in 24 hours is quite difficult for the team. It’s been incredibly beneficial to us and maintaining a consistent level of play while working with people in and out of the game has been really good for me. I thought they used their opportunity to let in people who were resting.”
About new students Shaley Myers performance…
“Shaley does it every day. It doesn’t surprise us because it happens every day. She runs every day and makes the outside hitter position really competitive. I I think do it as a freshman.With a challenge like her, they give us something a little different, but I doubt she’ll blend in for us. there is no.”
On K-State’s offensive balance and setters in the first weekend…
“The better teams we face can’t rely on one or two, but it’s very important to have a good balance of offense. Of course, if you can roll everyone at the same time, it’s much more difficult to defend. It gets harder. I’m really happy with our setter now. Lauren Hinkle The first few games were great.I think [Ava] LeGrand came in and we rolled too. we are really happy Distribution is often based on two factors. The ability to handle the ball and the ability to distribute the setter. Early in the season, I think we are in a good place.
inside the box score
- K-State finished .395 as a team (42 kills, 10 errors, 81 attacks).
- Florida A&M had a -.041 batting average (18 kills, 21 errors, 74 swings).
- Myers led all players with 18 kills while hitting . 516 (2 errors, 31 swings).
- Myers also added four service aces.
- Baka and Hinkle each served a pair of aces when K-State finished on eight.
- Fernholz and Warner each added 7 kills, with Fernholz hitting with a .778 clip.
- Legrand had 31 assists and five digs in overtime for the first time this season.
- Morris produced a team-leading 14 digs and finished the weekend with 46.
- The Cats recorded a total of nine team blocks, and Fernholtz led the way with six (five assists, one solo).
- Schmidt recorded the first kill and first block of her career.
- K-State utilized 12 of the 13 players on its roster.
- Washington led FAMU with nine kills.
- Aja Jones was second to the Rattlers with three kills.
- Libero Brooke Hudson led FAMU with 13 digs.
- Nina Sharpton has 16 assists.
- K-State leads the all-time series with a Florida A&M 3-0.
- K-State will start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2013.
- The junior Morris surpassed 800 career digs (812) with 46 in three games in the opening weekend.
- Hinkle’s five aces this weekend pushed him to more than 80 career aces.
K-STATE Invitational All-Tournament Team
Elena BakaK-state (MVP)
Eva Blizzard, North Carolina
Kristen McDaniel, North Carolina
Madison Dyer, Sam Houston
Dominic Washington, Florida A&M
K-State will head to Orlando, Florida for the UCF Challenge, starting Thursday against Syracuse and UCF in North Florida for three days. His Cats contest at UCF on Saturday will be broadcast live on ESPN+, and all three contests will be radioed on news radio KMAN (93.3 FM) and online (K-StateSports.com/watch).