K-State Seeks to Get Back in Win Column at Texas Tech

GAME PREVIEW
OCT 5, 6:00 PM CT

United Supermarkets Arena
Lubbock, Texas

RV
K-STATE
WILDCATS
12-4 (1-2 Big 12)

NR
TEXAS TECH
RED RAIDERS
10-8 (0-3 Big 12)

FSN Southwest
FCS Pacific
1350 KMAN

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State volleyball team continues Big 12 play as it travels to Lubbock, Texas, to take on Texas Tech at 6 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 5. K-State is looking to stop a two-match skid after falling to No. 4 Texas in five sets at Ahearn Field House Saturday.

The match will be broadcast on FOX Sports Southwest and FOX College Sports Pacific. 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 travels to Lubbock, Texas, to take on Texas Tech Wednesday, Oct. 5, with first serve slated for 6 p.m.

·         K-State looks to snap a two-match conference losing streak after a five-set loss to No. 4 Texas at home Saturday.

·         It was the third top-10 opponent that the Wildcats have faced this season (1-2).

·         Texas Tech enters the match on a six-match losing streak, including dropping its first three Big 12 matches.

·         Prior to their current losing streak, the Red Raiders had won their previous 10 matches.

·         The matchup features the top team in the conference in assists/set (K-State, 13.48) and bottom team (Texas Tech, 11.67).

·         The match will be streamed live on TexasTech.tv. Fans can also listen to the match on radio at 1350 KMAN and at k-statesports.com.

 

A LOOK AT K-STATE

·         K-State is receiving votes in the AVCA top 25 poll for the second straight week.

·         The Wildcats have been ranked or received votes in the poll in five consecutive weeks, peaking at a No. 23 ranking.

·         In the NCAA’s first RPI release of the season, K-State comes in at No. 16 - the second-highest of any Big 12 team (3. Texas).

·         Setter Katie Brand is the Big 12’s leader in assists per set this season with 11.65.

·         Kansas State leads the Big 12 in team assists per set (13.48) and rank No. 12 nationally.

·         Brand leads the Big 12 with nine double-doubles this season.

·         The Cats are second in the league with 14.12 kills per set and rank 25th nationally.

·         Senior middle blocker Katie Reininger is the Big 12 leader in hitting efficiency, hitting .429 through three conference matches.

·         Overall, K-State ranks in the top three of the Big 12 in 13 major team statistical categories.

 

A LOOK AT TEXAS TECH

·         Texas Tech enters the match 0-3 in conference play and have lost its last six matches.

·         The Red Raiders had previously won their last 10 matches, matching K-State, KU and Baylor as the only Big 12 teams with double-digit winning streaks this season.

·         Texas Tech is led by redshirt senior opposite Lauren Douglass, who averages 3.11 kills/set with a hitting percentage of .389.

·         Douglass’ attacking percentage of .389 ranks second in the Big 12 this season.

·         In Big 12 matches, Texas Tech ranks last in team hitting percentage (.134), kills/set (10.30) and assists/set (9.50).

 

A LOOK AT THE SERIES

·         K-State leads the all-time series, 34-10, dating back to 1982.

·         The Cats are 13-7 against TTU on the road all-time.

·         The teams have split the last four meetings in Lubbock, with the Red Raiders last winning in 2013.

·         Kansas State has won the last four meetings between the teams.

·         K-State is 20-2 in the last 22 meetings with TTU, dating back to 2005.

·         Head coach Suzie Fritz is 26-4 against Texas Tech (since 2001) and is 12-3 all-time in Lubbock.

 

TOP TIER OF THE BIG 12

·         K-State ranks in the top three of the Big 12 in 13 major team statistical categories, including being the top team in assists per set (13.48 and attacks per set (36.53).

·         The Wildcats are the second-best team in the league with 14.12 kills/set, 1.33 aces/set, 809 total assists and 944 total digs.

·         The Cats rank third in the conference in team hitting percentage (.254), digs/set (15.73), kills (847), service aces (80), total attacks (2,192) and blocks (144.5).

·         In conference only matches, K-State ranks in the top three in blocks/set, aces/set and digs/set.

 

BRAND RECOGNITION

·         Redshirt senior setter Katie Brand is the Big 12 leader with nine double-doubles this season.

·         Brand has recorded an assist-dig double-double in five consecutive matches and in six of the last seven overall.

·         Her career double-double total currently sits at 60, which is nine shy of equaling K-State’s all-time mark of 69 held by Kim Zschau (1995-98).

·         In four non-conference tournaments, the Grand Island, Nebraska, native was selected all-tournament in all four events, and was named MVP of the Wildcat Classic.

·         Brand ranks sixth in the NCAA and leads the Big 12 in assists per set with 11.65.

·         She became the eighth Wildcat to join the Double-Grand Club as she now has 4,217 career assists and 1,067 career digs.

·         The Grand Island, Nebraska, native is the Big 12’s active career leader in assists, leading the next highest by nearly a thousand.

·         The setter is the only Wildcat to start all 16 matches this season.

 

RHINO ATTACK SIX-PACK

·         Over the last six matches, Reininger is hitting .416 while averaging 2.91 kills/set (averaged 2.00 kills/set this season entering the week).

·         The senior middle blocker has led the team in kills in three of the last six matches along with leading the team in blocks in five of the last six.

·         She has hit at least .250 in each of the last six matches, including going over .375 four times.

·         Reininger posted a season-high 16 kills in Saturday’s five-set loss to No. 4 Texas on a .464 efficiency.

·         She has set a new season-high in kills three different times in the last six matches.

·         Reininger is the Big 12 leader in hitting percentage (.429) in conference-only matches this season.

·         Reininger is also second in conference matches with 1.33 blocks/set.

 

FOUR-HEADED MONSTER

·         Kylee Zumach (3.19), Brooke Sassin (2.97), Bryna Vogel (2.83) and Katie Reininger (2.13) all average at least 2.00 kills per set.

·         One of the four has led the team in kills in 15 of 16 matches this year.

·         Sassin and Zumach lead the team with four matches with at least 15 kills.

·         Sassin is the team leader with 10 double-digit kill matches.

·         Reininger and Vogel lead the team with four matches hitting better than .400.

·         Vogel is the team’s leader with 4.00 digs/set in conference matches this season, more than a full dig per set higher than her season average.

 

ACE OF SPADES

·         Four Wildcats - Vogel (15), Zumach (12), Brand (13), Sassin (11) - already have double-digit service aces this season.

·         Sassin set a new career high with four service aces in the win over Iowa State Sept. 21.

·         Coming into 2016, Zumach had just five service aces in her career. She has already more than doubled her career output.

·         Vogel and Zumach each have multiple service aces in four matches this season.

·         Brand has at least one ace in 11 of the last 13 matches.

 

HIGH EFFICIENCY

·         Kansas State has hit better than .230 in nine of the last 10 matches overall.

·         K-State hit .531 (20k-3-e-32ta) in the fourth set Saturday against Texas, the third-highest single-set output of the season.

·         The Cats have hit over .500 in a set six times this season, with a season-best .619 (13k-0e-21ta) in the second set against Tennessee State earlier this year.

·         The 20 kills equaled a single-set season-high this season.

·         K-State is 9-1 when hitting above .225 and is just 3-3 when hitting .225 or less.