Notes: Cats Return to the Road, Face TCU
Notes: Cats Return to the Road, Face TCU
OCT 3, 5:00 PM
TCU Recreational Center
Fort Worth, TX
9-5 (1-1 Big 12)
11-4 (1-2 Big 12)
AT A GLANCE
• After a midweek bye, K-State enters a stretch of five road matches over its next seven overall contests when it takes on TCU in Fort Worth on Saturday, October 3 at 5 p.m.
• The Wildcats are 1-1 so far in their Big 12 schedule, losing at KU before sweeping Baylor in Manhattan to snap a four-match losing streak.
• The Horned Frogs are 1-2 in Big 12 play, and 11-4 overall, with the one win occurring this week at West Virginia (3-1).
• TCU is 3-1 at home this season, but it has only played one contest in Fort Worth over the last 34 days.
• K-State won the season series a year ago, sweeping TCU in botch matchups.
• K-State is attempting to win two of its first three Big 12 matches in a season for the fifth time in the last six years.
• K-State contains one of the top offenses in the nation, led by its 14.56 kills/set - the sixth best average in Division I and second best among Big 12 schools.
• The Wildcats are also top-25 in the nation in hitting percentage (.266, 25th), assists/set (13.22, 25th) and digs/set (16.61, 26th).
• Last year, through the first 14 matches of the season (0 Big 12 matches), K-State averaged 13.84 kills/set on a .258 hitting percentage, 13.08 assists/set, and 15.76 digs/set.
EFFICIENT OFFENSIVE MACHINE
• The Wildcat offense was on display in their last match against Baylor last Saturday as K-State hit a season-best .388 in the straight-set win.
• The .388 hitting efficiency was K-State’s highest since it hit .389 on October 22, 2014 vs. Oklahoma (W, 3-0).
• The .388 clip was also the highest in a Big 12 match since November 12, 2014 when Texas turned in a .512 attack percentage against West Virginia.
• The Wildcats have now hit .300 or higher five times this season, matching its number of times from all of last season.
• K-State has also recorded a hitting efficiency of .280 or higher nine times this year, nearly matching last year’s 10 times.
SET BY SET
• The attack percentage against Baylor was powered by a clip of .351 or higher in all three sets, which was the first time K-State hit .351 or higher in every set of a match since September 6, 2013 vs. Southern Illinois (W, 3-0).
• The Wildcats have hit .350 or higher in a set 17 times this season.
• Their best hitting efficiency in a set was .520 in the third set of a 3-1 win victory over VCU.
• K-State’s second best attack percentage in a set this season was its .481 clip in the second set against Baylor.
• Also helping its attack percentage in the Baylor match was K-State hitting into just nine attack errors (two unforced).
• It was the third time this season K-State had fewer than 10 attack errors in a match.
• Last season, the Wildcats did not have any matches with fewer than 10 attack errors.
• The last time K-State had at least three matches with fewer than 10 attack errors was 2012 (3).
• Katie Reininger paced the Wildcat attack in its 3-0 win over Baylor with 13 kills and a .579 hitting percentage.
• It was the third time in the last four matches that Reininger reached double-digits in kills and seventh time overall this season.
• The redshirt junior’s .579 hitting percentage was her best since November 12, 2014 when she hit a career-high .625 against KU.
• Reininger has turned in an attack percentage of .333 or higher 10 times this season, nearly matching the 13 times she reached that threshold in all of 2014.
• K-State is 9-1 this season when Reininger hits .333 or better.
• Piloting the Wildcat offense is setter Katie Brand, who is second in the Big 12 with 11.09 assists/set this season.
• Brand is also 32nd in Division I in assists/set.
• The redshirt junior has helped lead K-State to a .300 hitting percentage in 12 of her 74 career matches, including the five times this season.
• Brand, who has played in every K-State set since 2013, has 2,929 career assists entering Saturday, which are the second-most among active Big 12 players.
• She is looking to become the seventh Wildcat ever to tally 3,000 career assists.
• Kersten Kober has been one of the main reasons for K-State to be leading the Big 12 in digs/set as the libero has a team-high 227 digs and 4.20/set.
• She is fifth in the Big 12 in digs/set for overall matches.
• In conference-only matches, Kober is third in the Big 12 with 5.71 digs/set.
• The junior has 15 or more digs in five straight matches, the longest such streak of her career.
• Over the five-match span, Kober is averaging 4.76 digs/set (100 digs/21 sets).
• For her career, Kober, who is in her second year as K-State’s starting libero, has 853 digs and an average of 3.29/set.
• For the fifth time this season, Alyssa Schultejans had multiple aces in a match as she had two vs. Baylor on Sept. 26.
• The outside hitter’s five efforts of two or more aces are the most by a Wildcat freshman since Katie Brand had five in 2013.
• Schultejans is sixth in the Big 12 with 0.29 aces/set in overall matches.
• She is also the only freshman in the Big 12’s top-10 for that category.
• Schultejans is not the only Wildcat in the Big 12’s top-10 for aces/set as redshirt sophomore Mattie Batchelder is tied for eighth with 0.27.
• The defensive specialist has eight aces in 30 sets played.
• Last year, Batchelder did not have any aces in 11 sets played.
• Batchelder has attempted 74 serves this season, dropping in 10.1% for aces - the best percentage among Wildcats (minimum 3 matches played).
• Batchelder has at least one ace in five of her 11 matches played.
• K-State features the Big 12’s top-three for most double-doubles this season, with Katie Brand (9) and Brooke Sassin (9) leading the way.
• Bryna Vogel is tied for third with six.
• K-State’s 25 double-doubles this season (Katie Reininger, 1) is approaching last year’s total of 27.
• The last time K-State had three or more players with six or more double-doubles was 2001 (4).
ON THE ROAD
• K-State, which is 5-5 in matches away from home this season, begins a stretch of five road matches in 25 days on Saturday against TCU.
• The Wildcats will play five road matches in October, their most in the month since 2011 when they also played five (2-3).
• K-State has won five of its last nine Big 12 road matches.
• K-State leads the all-time series against the Horned Frogs, 5-1.
• The Wildcats have won two straight against TCU entering Saturday.
• K-State is 2-1 all-time in Fort Worth, with the one loss occurring on November 27, 2013 (0-3).
• K-State has swept TCU in four of its five wins and holds a 15-5 set record.
• The Wildcats have a .246 hitting percentage all-time against TCU, averaging 14.45 kills/set.
• K-State has hit .294 or higher four times in the series, with a clip as high as .337 on Oct. 13, 2012 in Fort Worth.
• TCU has never hit higher than .253 in the six matches.