Notes: Cats Continue Homestand, Host Texas Tech

NOV 7, 7 PM

Ahearn Field House
Manhattan, KS

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Riding a three-match winning streak, K-State continues its four-match homestand when it takes on Texas Tech in Ahearn Field House on Saturday, November 7 at 7 p.m.
In addition to being victors in their last three, the Wildcats have won five of their last six contests and six of their last nine.
Texas Tech enters Saturday on a five-match losing streak, a stretch that includes a straight-set loss to the Wildcats on October 24 in Lubbock.
Texas Tech fell to Baylor at home in four sets this past Wednesday.
K-State is currently tied with TCU for fourth in the Big 12 standings while Texas Tech is eighth.
The Wildcats’ current stretch of four straight Big 12 home matches is their longest since 1998.

K-State’s current three-match winning streak is its longest since it won six straight earlier this year from September 4-12.
It is the Wildcats’ longest Big 12 winning streak since it also won three straight from October 22-November 1, 2014 - a span that was capped with a five-set win against Texas Tech in Manhattan.
K-State has not won four conference matches in a row since October 1-15, 2014.

With last Saturday’s win against TCU, K-State improved to 6-1 at home this year, including 2-0 in Ahearn Field House.
Since 2011, K-State is 47-13 (.783) in Manhattan.
Part of that 6-1 record at home this year includes winning two of its first three at home in Big 12 play.
It is the first time K-State has won at least two of its first three home conference matches since 2013.
The Wildcats have not won three of its first four Big 12 home matches since 2012.

The victory over the Horned Frogs also improved K-State’s home record against unranked opponents this year to 6-0.
The Wildcats have won 43 of their last 49 home matches against unranked opponents.
In this year’s six home wins against unranked opponents, K-State is 18-2 in sets.
The Wildcats have swept five of their last nine unranked opponents at home.

There is only one setter in all Division I who has stood out from an all-around perspective and that is redshirt junior Katie Brand.
Brand is the only player in Division I averaging 11.0 assists, 1.2 kills, 0.15 aces, 3.0 digs, and 0.75 blocks.
She is second in the Big 12 and 23rd in the nation in assists/set while she has helped pilot the K-State offense to average 14.41 kills/set - the 10th-best clip in the country.

Katie Brand is just one of two K-State setters in program history to have 250+ digs in three different seasons, joining Disney Bronnenberg (1998-2000).
Bronnenberg finished with 811 career digs in three seasons while the redshirt junior Brand currently has 814.

Katie Brand had 11.0 points last Saturday against TCU, her fifth career match with 10 or more points.
Against TCU, Brand had five kills, 48 assists, three aces, 13 digs and six blocks.
She became the first Wildcat with 5+ kills, 5+ blocks, 10+ digs, 2+ aces and 10+ assists in a single match since Stacey Spiegelberg on October 11, 2006 at KU (51 assists, 10 digs, 2 aces, 6 kills, 6 blocks).
Brand is averaging 1.75 points/set this season, including 2.0/set in Big 12-only matches.
No other Big 12 setter is averaging more than 1.4 points/set in overall matches.

Kersten Kober had 25 digs last Saturday against TCU, helping her rank third in the Big 12 with 4.82 digs/set in conference-only matches.
Kober is just the third Wildcat in school history to turn in four or more 25+ dig efforts in a single season.
Kober’s four matches this season with 25 or more digs are the most by a Wildcat since Lauren Mathewson matched the school record with five in 2009 (First: Angie Lastra, 2006).
Kober also has nine career matches of 20 or more digs (six this season), which are tied for seventh in school history.
She is 23 digs shy of becoming the 12th member of K-State’s 1,000 digs club.
Kober currently ranks 14th in school history with 977 career digs (13th: Rhonda Hughes, 988).
With 413 digs last year and 351 already this year, Kober is just the sixth Wildcat in school history with 350 or more digs in multiple seasons of a career (first since Lauren Mathewson, 2008-10).

K-State has been able to manage the service line so far in conference play as the Wildcats are third in the Big 12 with 36 aces.
The Wildcats have also committed the fewest service errors in conference action (43) - which are seven less than the next team (Texas Tech, 50).
In terms of receive, K-State’s 23 receiving errors are the second-fewest among Big 12 teams in conference-only matches (First: KU, 21).
The Wildcats’ 47 aces against in overall matches are also the second-fewest among Big 12 teams.

The Wildcats have been able to put a 5-1 stretch together over the last four weeks, a span helped by a defense that has held opponents to a .191 attack percentage (248k-112e-711att).
Contributing to that sub-.200 hitting percentage are the Wildcats’ 2.53 blocks/set and 15.79 digs/set since October 10.
K-State has limited opponents to a hitting percentage below .200 in four of the last six matches (TCU hit .202 last Saturday).
For its first four Big 12 matches this year, K-State allowed opponents to hit .220 while the defense had 1.8 blocks/set and 18.07 digs/set.

Macy Flowers garnered her first career Big 12 award on Monday as she was named the Big 12 Co-Rookie of the Week.
The middle blocker was the only freshman to rank among the Big 12’s top-10 in hitting percentage and kills per set.
Flowers is the third Wildcat to earn a Big 12 player of the week award this year.

K-State moved up in the RPI rankings for the second straight week as the Wildcats are now No. 52 (Last week: No. 55).
The Wildcats have moved up eight spots since their lowest ranking of the season (No. 60) on October 19.
Since October 19, K-State is 3-1, with the one loss being against Texas, which is No. 2 in this week’s RPI.
Against the top-50, K-State is 2-8.
Against everyone else outside the top-50, the Wildcats are 12-0.
Texas Tech is No. 147 in this week’s RPI.

K-State currently has the 49th toughest schedule in Division I.
The road gets tougher for the Wildcats, though, as the six upcoming opponents have a combined mark of 86-40 (.683) - which is the ninth-toughest future schedule in the country entering the week.

K-State leads the all-time series against Texas Tech, 33-10.
The Wildcats, who won the first meeting this season on October 24 in Lubbock, are 19-2 against the Red Raiders since 2005.
K-State is 18-1 all-time vs. Texas Tech in Manhattan, winning 10 straight.