Notes: Cats Return to the Road, Face TCU

MATCH PREVIEW
OCT 3, 5:00 PM

TCU Recreational Center
Fort Worth, TX

NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
9-5 (1-1 Big 12)

NR
TCU
HORNED FROGS
11-4 (1-2 Big 12)

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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.

NATIONWIDE
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.

MINIMIZING ERRORS
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).

RHINO ATTACK
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.

HELPING BRAND
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.

KOBER REPORT
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.

FRESH ACE
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.

NEW BATCH
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.

DOUBLE DOUBLE
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.

TCU SERIES
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.