Cats Begin Home Campaign Friday with K-State Invitational
Cats Begin Home Campaign Friday with K-State Invitational
AT A GLANCE
· - After going 2-1 in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational to start the season, K-State begins its 2016 home campaign this weekend with the K-State Invitational.
· - The Wildcats will host Michigan, Tennessee State and Georgia Tech.
· - Along with K-State, Michigan qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2015.
· - The Wildcats lead the all-time series with the Wolverines, 4-1, as the Cats won in the last meeting (3-1) in Ann Arbor in 2014. UM makes its first trip to Manhattan since 2002.
· - Kansas State has won its only previous meeting with Tennessee State (3-0) in 2008. This will be the Tigers’ first-ever match at K-State.
· - Georgia Tech owns a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series with Kansas State, but the teams have not met since 2011. The Wildcats won the only meeting in Manhattan in 2010 3-0.
· - Friday’s match and Saturday’s match with Tennessee State will be broadcast online on K-StateHD.TV while the Cats’ match against Georgia Tech on Saturday will be live on ESPN3 (Watch ESPN and the ESPN App).
· - K-State won its first two matches of the season for the fifth straight year with wins over (rv) Arizona and No. 6 Hawaii.
· - Kansas State picked up its first-ever wins over Arizona and Hawaii, who was a combined 0-8 entering the Wahine Invitational.
· - The victory over sixth-ranked Hawaii was the first win over a top-10 opponent since 2012 (No. 10 Minnesota, 3-2) and the first road victory over a team ranked in the top 10 since -defeating No. 2 Nebraska (3-2) in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
· - Head coach Suzie Fritz is just three wins from collecting career win No. 300 at Kansas State (297-169).
· - K-State’s winningest and longest-tenured coach has led the Wildcats to a top-four finish in the Big 12 eight times.
· - When she reaches the milestone, it will also be the program’s 800th all-time victory.
· - Senior libero Kersten Kober moved into seventh place among K-State’s career dig leaders (1,169).
· - In the rally-scoring era (since 2001), she is No. 4 on K-State’s all-time list.
· - Kober has reached double-digit kills in 14 straight matches dating back to 2015, the longest such streak of her career.
· - The senior ranks second among active career leaders in the Big 12 in total digs.
· - Senior setter Katie Brand moved up K-State’s career assist charts after 110 assists in three matches (10.00/set). Her 3,618 career assists are third all-time in the rally-scoring era (since 2001) and fifth overall.
· - Brand is the Big 12’s active career leader in assists and is No. 7 on the NCAA’s active career leader list.
· - She recorded her third career 20/20 double-double in the victory over Hawaii with 49 assists and 21 digs.
· - Brand was the lone Wildcat selected to the 2016 All-Big 12 Preseason Team.
RETURN TO FORM
· - After missing nearly all of the 2015 season with a knee injury, redshirt sophomore outside hitter Kylee Zumach returned to the court last weekend.
· - In the victory over No. 6 Hawaii, Zumach recorded her first career double-double with 14 kills and 11 digs. Her 11 digs set a new career-high mark.
· - Zumach also set a new career best with three service aces vs. Hawaii.
· - K-State posted back-to-back matches with double-digit team blocks to begin the season in wins over Arizona and Hawaii. A feat it only accomplished once in 2015.
HOME IS WHERE YOU MAKE IT
· - For the third straight year, K-State volleyball will play in Bramlage Coliseum - the home of K-State men’s and women’s basketball.
· - The Cats own an al-time record of 10-0 in side Bramlage and have won 30 of 31 total sets played.
· - In 2015, the Wildcats defeated Green Bay, Cal and UNLV with only Cal taking a set from K-State in the tournament.
· - K-State returns 11 letterwinners from 2015, including its entire starting lineup that finished fourth in the Big 12 and clinched a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.
· - In addition to the 11 letterwinners, the Wildcats also welcome back outside hitter Kylee Zumach, who played in just seven sets before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
· - Zumach was the 2014 Big 12 Freshman of the Year as well as a unanimous selection to the 2014 All-Big 12 First and Freshman Teams.
· - This marks the second straight season, and seventh time overall, that the Wildcats return their top three in kills as well as the starting setter and libero.
· - K-State returns 98 percent of its kills from 2015 and 99 percent of its digs.
BIG 12 FINISH
· - The fourth-place finish in the Big 12 standings was the second time K-State slotted in that spot over the last five seasons (Last: 2011).
· - Under head coach Suzie Fritz, K-State has placed fourth or higher in the Big 12 eight times.
· - K-State ended the conference campaign with nine wins for the second year in a row and third time over the last five years.
· - K-State garnered several honors throughout the season, including one AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, one All-Midwest Region, five All-Big 12, four Big 12 players of the week, two Academic All-District, seven Academic All-Big 12, and seven in-season tournament accolades.
· - Katie Brand led the way for all Wildcats with nine awards, including All-America Honorable Mention, All-Midwest Region First Team, All-Big 12 First Team, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, Academic All-District First Team, Academic All-Big 12 First Team, Varney’s Invitational MVP, Varney’s Invitational All-Tournament, and Creighton Classic All-Tournament.
· - For a complete list of season honors, see page three.
· - For the first time in program history, K-State featured four different players with 300+ digs in 2015.
· - The quartet of Wildcats included Kersten Kober (500), Katie Brand (332), Bryna Vogel (329), and Brooke Sassin (324).
· - Katie Brand became the first Wildcat since Kaitlynn Pelger (2010-11) to post back-to-back Triple-Triple seasons.
· - Brand finished the year with 1,188 assists, 320 digs and 133 kills.
· - Last year, Brand had 1,274 assists, 314 digs, 112 kills and 104 blocks.
· - She is just the third K-State setter to have consecutive Triple-Triple campaigns (Last: Stacey Spiegelberg, 2005-07).
· - Katie Brand finished the 2015 regular season as the only player in Division I with averages of 11.0 assists, 3.0 digs, 1.2 kills, 0.75 blocks, and 0.10 aces.
· - Brand also averaged 1.77 points, the second-highest clip among the nation’s top-30 in assists/set.
· - Brand finished third in the Big 12 and 26th in Division I in assists/set (11.10).
· - Kersten Kober’s career-high 500 digs in 2015 were the most by a Wildcat since 2010.
· - Kober’s 500 digs are seventh-most ever by a Wildcat in a single-season.
· - She is just the fourth Wildcat with 500+ digs in a single campaign.