K-State Prepped for Senior Night, Texas Tech Saturday


GAME PREVIEW
NOV 26, 6:00 PM

Ahearn Field House
Manhattan, KS

NR
TEXAS TECH
RED RAIDERS
10-20 (0-15 Big 12)

NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
19-9 (8-7 Big 12)

K-StateHD.TV
1350 KMAN



MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State volleyball team hosts Texas Tech Saturday night in its final regular-season home match of the season. A post-match ceremony honoring the six-member senior class will immediately follow the match with the Red Raiders, which is slated for a 6 p.m. first serve.

K-State (19-9, 8-7 Big 12) seeks the 11th 20-win season under head coach Suzie Fritz and also looks to win its fifth straight match in the series with Texas Tech (10-20, 0-15). The Wildcats swept the season’s first meeting in Lubbock, Texas, back on Oct. 5.

Part of a Wildcat Weekend, fans can purchase $3 tickets with their KU football ticket. The match will be broadcast worldwide on K-StateHD.TV with Rob Voelker calling the action. Fans can also listen to the match on local radio at 1350 KMAN and at k-statesports.com.

 

AT A GLANCE

·         Kansas State (19-9, 8-7 Big 12) returns to Ahearn Field House for its final regular-season home match of the season vs. Texas Tech (10-20, 0-15 Big 12) at 6 p.m.

·         The match with the Red Raiders is also Senior Night and there will be a post-match ceremony to honor the six-member senior class.

·         K-State swept the season’s first meeting in Lubbock, Texas, back on Oct. 5.

·         The Wildcats are seeking their sixth straight victory over TTU.

·         Texas Tech ranks last in the Big 12 in team kills/set, assists/set and blocks/set.

·         K-State leads the conference in assists/set and ranks third in kills/set.

·         The match will be broadcast nationally on K-StateHD.TV and fans can also listen to the match on local radio at 1350 KMAN and on K-StateSports.com.

 

LAST TIME OUT

·         K-State fell in four sets at No. 7 Texas Saturday, 10-25, 15-25, 25-20, 17-25. The Wildcats’ 27th straight loss to the Longhorns.

·         It was the 14th four-set match the Cats have played in this season, a new single-season program record.

·         Texas set a K-State opponent record for a four-set match with a .449 hitting percentage.

·         K-State had a season-low 28 digs in the match.

·         Senior Brooke Sassin led K-State with a dozen kills while senior middle blocker Katie Reininger added 10.

 

A LOOK AT K-STATE

·         Kansas State enters the match having won its last two matches and is 6-4 in its last 10.

·         K-State seeks its first 20-win season since 2014 and 11th under head coach Suzie Fritz (since 2001).

·         The Wildcats are looking for their 12th home win of the season, which would  be their most since 2012.

·         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 behind Texas (2) and Kansas (6).

·         K-State has five players that average over 2.20 kills/set.

·         The team’s 13.20 assists/set are tops in the Big 12. K-State has never finished a season as the conference leader in the category.

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

 

A LOOK AT TEXAS TECH

·         Texas Tech (10-20, 0-15 Big 12) enters the match having lost its last 18 matches overall, last winning on Sept. 14 at Rice.

·         The Red Raiders’ 18-match losing streak comes directly following a 10-match winning streak.

·         TTU is led by redshirt senior middle blocker Lauren Douglass who leads her team with 3.06 kills/set and a .340 hitting percentage along with 1.04 blocks/set.

·         Douglass ranks in the conference’s top 10 in all three categories.

·         Texas Tech allows a league-high .243 opponent hitting percentage while K-State ranks third in with a .241 team attacking efficiency.

·         TTU ranks at the bottom of the Big 12 in kills/set, blocks/set and assists/set.

 

A LOOK AT THE SERIES

·         K-State leads the all-time series, 35-10, dating back to 1982, and have won the last five in the series.

·         K-State is 19-1 at home in the series with the only loss coming in 2004.

·         The Wildcats are 16-0 in three-set matches in the series.

·         In the season’s first meeting, K-State hit .308 while holding TTU to .168.

·         Junior Bryna Vogel led K-State with 12 kills and a .478 (1 error, 23 attempts) attacking percentage.

·         Setter Katie Brand dished out 40 assists and three Wildcats hit over .300 (min. 10 attempts).

·         Senior libero Kersten Kober recorded a match-high 18 digs in the match.

 

SENIOR CLASS

·         The six-member senior class have collected over 75 wins over the last four years.

·         The seniors have a home record of 39-11 since 2013 and are 30-9 at Ahearn Field House in that time.

·         They have qualified for the last two NCAA tournaments and are on the cusp of a third.

·         The class has collected a total of 14 Academic All-Big 12 selections.

 

HOME SWEET HOME

·         K-State is 9-2 at Ahearn Field House this season and 11-3 at home overall.

·         It is the Cats’ first 10-win home season since 2013 and the 10th such season under coach Fritz.

·         K-State is 61-17 (.782) at home since the start of the 2011 season and is 57-7 (.891) against unranked opponents at home in that span.

·         Kansas State owns a 358-169-5 (.678) all-time record at Ahearn Field House.

·         Since 2011, the Cats are 33-14 (.702) in home conference matches.

·         At home this season, the Cats average 14.32 kills/set and hit .257 as opposed to true road matches where they average just 13.39 kills/set while hitting .212.

 

TOURNAMENT BOUND?

·         Kansas State is seeking a 17th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history and 12th under coach Fritz.

·         The Cats have qualified for postseason play each of the last two seasons and four times in the last five years.

·         Coach Fritz has a career record of 9-11 in the NCAA Tournament and a 6-5 record in the first round.

·         K-State has reached the regional semifinal (Sweet 16) three times in program history and made its last appearance in 2011.

 

EFFICIENCY IS KEY

·         K-State is 7-0 this season when hitting at least .300 and 15-3 when hitting .200 or better as a team.

·         The 13 matches of a .250 or higher attacking percentage is more than the total number of times all of last season (12).

·         The Cats have hit .500 or better in a single set 11 times this season, something they only did once in 2015.

 

ASSASSIN

·         Senior outside hitter Brooke Sassin’s 1,020 career kills ranks seventh on K-State’s career kill list in the rally-scoring era (since 2001).

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

·         She leads the team with 20 matches in double-figure kills, having done so in eight of the last nine and 12 of the last 14.

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

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

·         She has recorded seven double-doubles this season, five of which have come in the last eight matches.

 

WHITE HOT SAND

·         Freshman middle blocker Elle Sandbothe has started each of the last seven matches, her first starts of the season.

·         In each of those matches, she has recorded at least five kills, including back-to-back matches with 10 kills (career high).

·         Sandbothe has tallied multiple blocks in six of the last seven matches and a career-high 9.0 blocks at West Virginia.

·         She has led or tied for the team lead in blocks in five of the past seven matches.

·         Three times she has posted a .400 hitting percentage or higher.

 

LUCKY NO. 4

·         Kansas State is 11-3 in four-set matches this season.

·         The 11 wins and 14 total four-set matches are both new all-time program records.

·         The Wildcats are 13-6 in the fourth set overall this season, the highest percentage of any single set.

 

BRAND RECOGNITION

·         Senior setter Katie Brand (4,743 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).

·         She is one of only three players in K-State history with multiple 1,200-assist seasons in the rally-scoring era.

·         With her 1,225 assists this year, she is 50 away from breaking her single-season high of 1,274 (2014).