There are warning signs in each sport when Williams
knows she needs to pump the brakes. In volleyball, it's when
she cannot jump as high on a kill attempt. In basketball, it's
when she leaves a few shots short.
Williams said she's been blessed with plenty of help at
K-State. Between athletic trainers Emily Trausch (volleyball)
and Becca Fitzgerald (women's basketball), strength and
conditioning coaches AJ Kloss (women's basketball) and Danny
Cavender (volleyball), and both coaching staffs, the 6-foot-4
Topeka native has plenty of people looking out for
"I could not do it without them. They talk to me
every day. They've done an amazing job working with each
other. Becca and Emily get me treatment when I need it, which
I didn't do that last year. I was never in the treatment room
ever, so that's been really new to me this year," Williams
said. "Danny and AJ have just been amazing, just talking to me
about what I can do in the weight room. They're tremendous
staffs to work with, both teams. It's been incredible and
they've been a big part of this whole process."
important has been the unanimous supported Williams said she
has felt from both sets of teammates, despite having to split
time between them.
"I couldn't have asked for two
better teams to do it with. Both teams have been amazing in
that regard," she said. "The girls are so welcoming and they
come support me. The basketball team comes to volleyball
games. The volleyball team comes to basketball games. I've
really been blessed in that area. It amazes me every single
Likewise, Williams wows her teammates
and coaches on a daily basis.
After the basketball
team's four-game Europe trip in August, Williams had one day
off before joining volleyball practices. Her first volleyball
appearance came a few weeks later in K-State's second match of
the season, when she recorded seven kills on 10 attacks.
Williams now has 23 starts, 190 kills to rank third on the
team, and 86.0 blocks that is tied for first with junior Macy
"She missed the first week of preseason
training and then within a week we felt like she was kind of
caught back up," Fritz said. "The learner in her is what I
feel like really allows her to go back and forth."
basketball practices started up in September, the
back-and-forth challenge truly began. So far, Williams said
she has not felt overwhelmed by it all.
is a little crazy, don't get me wrong, but it's been a lot of
fun running back and forth between games like this," Williams,
who has earned Big 12 Freshman of the Week honors in both
sports, said. "Some days when you have to go from volleyball
practice to basketball practice, that can get tiring, but it
hasn't been impossible. I've never thought I can't do this
As K-State volleyball closes out its regular
season against West Virginia on Wednesday at Ahearn, Williams
will transition back into a more normal student-athlete
lifestyle. As a two-sport standout, however, she's slightly
torn by this.
"There's definitely mixed feelings in
that regard," Williams said, as she will fly out to Las Vegas,
Nevada, on Thursday to meet back up with the basketball team
for its two games in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout
against (8/7) UCLA and Penn State. "It's sad to see a season
end, of course, but also it's, like, 'I get to go focus on one
sport now, so that's nice.' Bittersweet…that's for sure."
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