April 25, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – This weekend will mark the conclusion of Kansas State volleyball’s spring practices, and the Wildcats will be finishing things off with a scrimmage against the Missouri Tigers. The two teams will take to the court at Ahearn Field House at 1:15 p.m. Saturday and fans are welcome to attend.
K-State Head Coach Suzie Fritz and her Wildcats have competed in two spring tournaments against teams from across the region at Nebraska-Kearney and Blue Valley West High School. The Wildcats also travelled to take on NCAA runner-up Illinois earlier this month, falling in a tightly contested five-set match.
With no seniors on the 2011 squad that reached the NCAA Regional Semifinals, the Wildcats did not have to spend spring practices filling holes left behind by graduating seniors or starters. Fritz said that enabled her team to focus on building off its successful season and fine tuning their game.
“It’s been a productive spring for us. We have focused, in great detail, on the areas that we needed to make improvement and the areas that make us a better team,” Fritz said. “The spring gives us a great opportunity to affect change with them as individuals more than we are able to do in the fall.”
Fritz and her staff will also be hosting a coaches clinic this weekend. The clinic begins Friday and runs up until the scrimmage Saturday afternoon. Registration for the clinic has already closed. The clinic will feature 10 hours of instruction and Q&A sessions over the course of the two days with each member of K-State’s coaching staff contributing to the clinic.
Saturday’s scrimmage against Missouri will provide one final opportunity for the Wildcats to gauge their growth during the spring. Fritz said she is excited to compete one more time this spring and begin turning the focus toward the 2012 season.
“With a majority of our team returning the internal expectations are very high. They have worked extremely hard throughout the spring season, and we have stressed the importance of going from good to great as a team,” Fritz said. “As coaches, we have had the opportunity to raise the bar for them, both individually and collectively, and we are encouraged by the progress they continue to make.”
The Wildcats will open the 2012 season by hosting a tournament August 24-25. The full schedule will be announced next week and season ticket sales will begin soon as well.