Cats Eye Season Sweep of Sooners Wednesday


GAME PREVIEW
NOV 16, 7:00 PM

Ahearn Field House
Manhattan, KS

NR
OKLAHOMA
SOONERS
14-12 (5-8 Big 12)

NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
18-8 (7-6 Big 12)

FCS Central
K-StateHD.TV
1350 KMAN

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State volleyball team returns home to Ahearn Field House as it welcomes the Oklahoma Sooners for its second-to-last home match of the season on Wednesday. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.

K-State (18-8, 7-6 Big 12) took a four-set decision in the season’s first meeting with the Sooners (14-12, 5-8) back on Oct. 15. The Wildcats seek a season sweep of OU for the second straight year.

The match will be broadcast nationally on FOX College Sports Central and worldwide on K-StateHD.TV, with Brian Smoller calling the action and former Wildcat Liz Wegner-Busch serving as match analyst. Fans can also listen to Rob Voelker call the match on local radio at 1350 KMAN and at k-statesports.com.

 

AT A GLANCE

·         Kansas State returns to Ahearn Field House for its second match with the Oklahoma Sooners (14-12, 5-8 Big 12) on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

·         K-State claimed a four-set victory in Norman in the season’s first meeting between the teams back on Oct. 15.

·         K-State looks to sweep the season series with the Sooners for the second straight year.

·         K-State and Oklahoma are the top two teams in the Big 12 in terms of assists/set.

·         The Wildcats and Sooners are both in the top three of the league in kills/set.

·         Each team has five players averaging better than 2.00 kills/set.

·         The match will be broadcast nationally on FOX College Sports Central and world-wide on K-StateHD.TV.

·         Fans can also listen to the match on local radio at 1350 KMAN and on K-StateSports.com.

 

LAST TIME OUT

·         K-State snatched a five-set victory (26-24, 25-19, 22-25, 22-25, 15-10) from West Virginia on Nov. 9 in Morgantown.

·         It was the second five-set match the Wildcats have played in their last three outings.

·         The 18 wins on the season eclipses last season’s total of 17.

·         The win snapped a season-long two-match losing streak for the Cats.

·         K-State posted a season-best 18.0 team blocks in the win over the Mountaineers, led by freshman Elle Sandbothe who tallied a career-high nine blocks.

·         K-State held its opponent to under .200 for the third time in the last four matches.

·         Six Wildcats recorded at least seven kills, paced by Brooke Sassin with 14.

·         Sassin and Katie Brand each picked up double-doubles.

·         Kersten Kober picked up a team-best 25 digs, the first 25-dig match by a Wildcat since Sept. 3.

·         Bryna Vogel had a career-high four service aces.

 

A LOOK AT K-STATE

·         Kansas State (18-8, 7-6 Big 12) enters the match 6-4 over its last 10 matches and 2-2 in the last four.

·         K-State’s 18 wins eclipsed last season’s win total of 17.

·         K-State is 14-1 this season when winning the first set and 10-0 when leading 2-0.

·         K-State tied a program record with 10 four-set victories this season.

·         In the NCAA’s latest RPI release of the season, K-State comes in at No. 19 - the third-highest of any Big 12 team (Texas, Kansas).

·         K-State has registered more kills than its opponent in 13 of the last 19 matches.

·         The team’s 13.27 assists/set are tops in the conference and 23rd-best in the NCAA.

·         Kansas State is third in the Big 12 in team kills/set with 13.87, which ranks 47th nationally.

·         Overall, K-State ranks in the top three of the Big 12 in 10 major team statistical categories.

 

A LOOK AT OKLAHOMA

·         Oklahoma enters the match 14-12 overall and 5-8 in the Big 12.

·         OU is 4-6 over its last 10 matches and is 2-2 in its last four.

·         The Sooners lead the Big 12 with 14.07 kills/set and are second with a .253 team hitting percentage.

·         Oklahoma has five players that average better than 2.40 kills/set, led by Madison Ward with her 3.03 per game.

·         OU has had three Big 12 players of the week - Audrey Alford, Kimmy Gardiner and Marion Hazelwood

·         The Sooners average the fewest service aces/set in the conference.

 

A LOOK AT THE SERIES

·         Oklahoma leads the all-time series, 53-31-1, dating back to 1975.

·         K-State has won the last three meetings in the series.

·         K-State is 16-19 at home vs. OU and have won the last three meetings in Manhattan.

·         Head coach Suzie Fritz is 18-13 against Oklahoma and is 10-5 at home.

·         The teams last split the season series in 2014 as the Wildcats seek to sweep OU for the second straight season.

·         In the season’s first meeting, K-State rallied to a four-set victory after dropping the opening set.

·         A trio of Wildcats - Brooke Sassin (17), Alyssa Schultejans (15), Bryna Vogel (10) - registered double-figure kills in the first matchup.

·         Sassin and Katie Brand recorded double-doubles in the first meeting.

 

CLIMBING THE CHARTS

·         Senior setter Katie Brand (4,656 career assists) moved into second place on K-State’s all-time career assists list in the rally-scoring era (since 2001).

·         Her career double-double total currently sits at 67, which is two shy of equaling K-State’s all-time mark of 69 held by Kim Zschau (1995-98).

·         Senior libero Kersten Kober (1,500 career digs) moved into third place all-time (rally-scoring era) on K-State’s career list.

·         Senior outside hitter Brooke Sassin has 998 career kills as a Wildcat. With two more, she will become just the sixth Wildcat to reach 1,000 in the rally scoring era.

 

ASSASSIN

·         Senior outside hitter Brooke Sassin’s 998 career kills ranks her seventh on K-State’s career kill list in the rally-scoring era (since 2001).

·         With two more kills, she will become the sixth Wildcat in the rally-scoring era to reach 1,000 career kills.

·         Sassin has eclipsed 300 kills for the third straight season.

·         She leads the team with 18 matches in double-figure kills, having done so in six of the last seven and 10 of the last 12.

·         Sassin has led the team in kills in six of the last seven matches.

·         Eleven times she has either led or tied for the team lead in kills in a match.

·         She has recorded six double-doubles this season, four of which have come in the last six matches.

 

ON AND OFF THE COURT

·         It was announced that Katie Brand is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award that recognizes student-athletes for contributions in the community, classroom, character and competition.

·         Brand would become the first Wildcat to ever win the award.

·         Brand, along with Kersten Kober, were both named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team.

·         It marks the second straight season the pair have achieved the first-team honor.

 

D-D-D DEFENSE

·         The Cats have 12 matches this season reaching double-digit blocks, including a season-high 18.0 in their last match vs. West Virginia.

·         In 2015, K-State only had six matches with double-figure blocks.

·         K-State is 10-2 when recording 10.0 or more team blocks.

·         K-State has recorded double-figure blocks in back-to-back matches four time this season, something the Cats only did once in 2015.

·         The Cats have held three of their last four opponents to under a .200 attacking percentage.

 

BRAND RECOGNTION

·         Redshirt senior setter Katie Brand leads the Big 12 lead with 16 double-doubles this season.

·         Brand has recorded an assist-dig double-double in 12 of the last 15 matches, including six of the last seven.

·         Brand eclipsed 1,000 assists this season - her fourth 1,000-assist season as a Wildcat.

·         She became the eighth Wildcat to join the Double-Grand Club as she now has over 4,000 career assists and 1,000 career digs.

Brand is the Big 12’s active career leader in assists, leading the next highest by nearly a thousand, and is No. 4 on the NCAA’s active career assists list.