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K-State volleyball opens season tonight

By Brady Bauman

Kansas State volleyball head coach Suzie Fritz isn’t all that concerned in the competition the Wildcats will be facing tonight and the rest of the weekend.

Her concern is her own team.

The first serve of the season is tonight for K-State in Atlanta, Ga., as the Cats get set to take on Georgia Tech at 7.

Tonight’s match is the opener of the Georgia Tech Classic, a round-robin that also features Louisville and Tennessee Tech.

Fritz said the focus during practice leading up to this weekend has been all-KSU, rather than the other teams.

“To be honest, I haven’t paid any attention (to the other teams),” Fritz said Wednesday after practice. “And I’m kind of notorious for that.

“I know we played Georgia Tech last year, but I don’t think that tells us anything. We are a different team (now) and they are a different team. So, I haven’t put a lot of thought in the opponent at this point, and I think probably through a large majority of the pre-(conference) season we will be very, very focused on what we will be doing on our side of the net.”

The Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech are a year removed from a NCAA tournament birth and have voids to fill from last season’s squad.

The Wildcats swept Georgia Tech a year ago at Ahearn Field House in close sets, 25-23, 25-18, and 25-23.

K-State junior middle blocker and team co-captain Alex Muff said the Wildcats are ready to face some competition.

“We’re really excited,” she said. “We’ve been playing each other so long we are ready to get out there and play someone else other than ourselves.

“We’ve really worked hard during two-a-days and in this heat in Ahearn, so we are ready to get out and show everybody what we’ve been working on.”

Muff said along with team morale, passing has been strong in the last week of practice.

“Our passing has improved so much since last year, since Spring season,” she said. “I think we are pretty excited about that. Everything comes from that first pass, so if we can get that better then I think everything will kind of follow that.”

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