After being picked to finish eighth in the Big 12 Conference, the Kansas State volleyball team finished the season among the best teams in the nation, coming in at No. 22 of the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Final Poll.
The Wildcats finished the year 22-11 and reached the Regional Semifinals of the NCAA tournament to be one of the last 16 teams playing in the championship.
The Wildcats received an at-large bid to their 13th NCAA tournament this season after closing the season strong and defeating Texas A&M and a ranked Oklahoma team during the final stretch of the regular season. In the tournament, K-State defeated Wichita State in the first round in three sets and then had what may be considered the biggest win in the program’s history in the second round, upsetting No. 2 Nebraska on the Huskers’ home floor in five sets.
K-State was eliminated from the tournament in the Regional Semifinals by No. 15 seed Pepperdine in the Honolulu Regional. The Waves went on to lose a five-set match to No. 7-seed USC, and Pepperdine finished the season at No. 6 in the poll.
Two other Big 12 teams are ranked in the AVCA Final Poll with the Texas Longhorns chiming in at No. 4 after losing to eventual national champion UCLA in the Regional Finals. Iowa State fell in the Regional Finals as well to Florida State, and the Cyclones are ranked No. 8 in the poll. Texas A&M lost in the second round of the tournament and is receiving votes.
This is the eighth time in head coach Suzie Fritz’s tenure the Wildcats have been ranked in the final AVCA Poll with the last coming in 2008 at No. 20.