K-State’s volleyball’s 2014 recruiting class nationally ranked

By The Mercury

The 2014 recruiting class for K-State Volleyball was ranked No. 27 by in the website’s Top 30 Collegiate Recruiting Classes of 2014.

The six Wildcat freshmen that make up one of the nation’s top classes include setter Kali Eaken (Kansas City, Missouri/Bishop Miege), defensive specialist-libero Devan Fairfield (Grain Valley, Missouri/Grain Valley), opposite Sami Flattum (Lakeville, Minn. /Lakeville North), outside hitter Makenzie Holcomb (Wichita, Kansas/Derby), outside hitter Bryna Vogel (Clearwater, Kansas/Clearwater), and outside hitter Kylee Zumach (Buffalo, Minnesota/Buffalo).

Eaken arrives at K-State with a highly acclaimed high school and club career that was capped by a senior year in which she was named First Team Under Armour All-American, Gatorade Kansas Volleyball Player of the Year, Kansas Volleyball Association (KVA) 4-1A Player of the Year, Eastern Kansas League Player of the Year, and all-state first team.Eaken, who played club volleyball for KC POWER, was ranked No. 27 nationally in the Class of 2014 by and was a finalist for the website’s Andi Collins Award, which recognizes the nation’s best senior setter.

Fairfield was a four-year letterwinner at Grain Valley High School, earning All-Missouri Class 3 Second Team honors in 2013 as well as all-state honorable mentions in 2011 and 2012.

Flattum, a left-handed opposite hitter, had 216 kills and 41 blocks during her junior season in 2012, helping Lakeville North win the Class AAA state title. She had 24 kills during the 2012 state championships as she was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts.

Holcomb lettered in three years in volleyball at Derby High School. As a junior in 2012, the all-league honorable mention led her team in aces and was second in kills and blocks.

Vogel, a club teammate of Holcomb with Heartland Juniors VBC, was the 2013 Kansas 4A Division II Player of the Year after she helped lead Clearwater High School to a league championship and runner-up finish in the sub-state tournament.

Zumach, who started attending K-State in the 2014 spring semester, was twice named all-state and conference MVP while at Buffalo High School.

The 2014 recruiting class is joined by three transfers: senior Mary Alice O’Reilly (San Jose State), sophomore Brooke Sassin (Mississippi State), and redshirt sophomore Sheridan Zarda (Nebraska). The Wildcats return seven letterwinners and four redshirts from last year’s team that finished 18-11.

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