Notes: Cats Continue Homestand, Host Texas Tech
Notes: Cats Continue Homestand, Host Texas Tech
NOV 7, 7 PM
Ahearn Field House
13-12 (2-9 Big 12)
14-8 (6-4 Big 12)
News Radio KMAN (93.3 FM/1350 AM)
AT A GLANCE
• 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.
THREE IN A ROW
• 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.
AGAINST THE UNRANKED
• 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.
DIGS BY SETTERS
• 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.
BIG 12 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
• 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.
CHALLENGING ROAD AHEAD
• 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.
TEXAS TECH SERIES
• 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.