Kansas State volleyball will take its show on the road next week.
The Wildcats will depart for a nine-day trip to Brazil, leaving May 29 and returning to Manhattan June 6. During their time in the country, K-State will play will play a series of exhibition matches in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo and conduct training sessions at the Brazilian National Team Training Center.
The Wildcats’ trip begins in Rio de Janeiro on May 29, with three days of training sessions with the Brazilian U20 National Team at the team’s national training center in Saquarema.
While in Rio de Janeiro, K-State also will play an exhibition match with the professional club U21 Fluminense. K-State then will travel to Sao Paulo for matches against a pair of U21 club teams: Esporte Clube Pinheiros and Sao Caetano. K-State will play five total matches against Brazilian teams in during the trip, in addition to training and practice sessions.
“This is an incredible opportunity for our team to have both a competitive and cultural experience,” K-State head coach Suzie Fritz said in a release. “Volleyball is a very popular sport in Brazil and internationally. They boast some of the best teams in the world, for both men and women. We are very grateful to our administration within K-State Athletics for their support and encouragement to provide this amazing adventure to the women on our team. Having the chance to train for eight days, in addition to the training and competition opportunities in Brazil, gives us time to build something special together in advance of the 2019 season.”
Per NCAA rules, teams are permitted to take foreign trips once every four years as long as competition is included as part of the travel. Teams that take foreign tours are allowed an extra 10 days of practice in preparation of the trip.
K-State will host an exhibition match against Missouri at 3 p.m. Aug. 24 at Ahearn Field House. It opens the season the following week, taking part in three matches — versus Austin Peay, Maryland and N.C. State — over two days (Aug. 30-31) at the N.C. State Invitational in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Wildcats then return home to host the K-State Invitational on Sept. 6. K-State takes on Clemson at 6 p.m. followed by Omaha at 7:30 p.m.
The Wildcats are slated to return eight letterwinners from last year’s squad, including seniors Sarah Dixon and Mckenzi Weber. Dixon and Gloria Mutiri both were AVCA All-America Honorable Mention selections last season. K-State also bring in a five-member freshman class to pair with four redshirt freshmen.