Notes: Cats, Shockers Open NCAA Tournament in Lincoln


NCAA TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

K-STATE
WILDCATS
17-11 (9-7 Big 12)
NR

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WICHITA STATE
SHOCKERS
26-8 (15-3 MVC)
RV

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NEBRASKA
HUSKERS
26-4 (17-3 Big Ten)
5

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HARVARD
CRIMSON
15-10 (10-4 Ivy League)
NR

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Friday, Dec 4, 4:30 pm

K-STATE vs WICHITA STATE

SERIES: K-State leads, 38-15

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HARVARD vs NEBRASKA

SERIES: First Meeting

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Saturday, Dec 5, 7 pm

FIRST ROUND WINNERS


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For the 16th time in program history, and the fourth time over the last five years, K-State heads to the NCAA Tournament as the Wildcats open this year’s postseason slate against Wichita State in Lincoln, Nebraska on December 4 at 4:30 p.m.
The Wildcats and Shockers are among the four teams at the Lincoln sub-regional, as they are joined by No. 4 national seed Nebraska and first-time tournament participant Harvard.
The winner of the K-State-Wichita State match will face the winner of Nebraska-Harvard on Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Lincoln sub-regional is part of the Lexington Regional.
K-State finished tied for fourth in the Big 12 standings while Wichita State won both the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and postseason championship.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
The Wildcats have now punched a ticket into the NCAA Tournament 16 times in program history.
K-State has also advanced to postseason play for the second straight year and fourth time over the last five seasons.
K-State’s 16 NCAA Tournament appearances are the most of any Kansas school.
Under head coach Suzie Fritz (since 2001), K-State has made it to 11 NCAA Tournaments.
The Wildcats are 14-15 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including an 11-4 mark in the first round.
Under Fritz, the Wildcats are 9-10 in the tournament.

DECEMBER IN LINCOLN
K-State has now opened postseason play for its fourth straight NCAA Tournament in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The Wildcats faced Utah in last year’s first round, Northern Iowa in 2012, and Wichita State in 2011.
K-State is 2-2 in Lincoln in NCAA Tournament action, with both wins coming in 2011 when it swept the Shockers and beat Nebraska in five sets.

GETTING DEFENSIVE
The Wildcats are one of the top defensive teams out of the Big 12 as they have held all opponents this season to a .209 hitting percentage against.
K-State has held its opponents to a .209 hitting percentage or less in six straight seasons.
In conference-only matches, K-State limited Big 12 opponents to the fourth-best hitting efficiency against (.208).
As a conference, the Big 12 was the highest hitting league in Division I as the nine teams combined for a .242 clip.
The Big Ten was second with a .233 clip.

NICE DIGS
Helping K-State in its defensive efforts are its ability to dig balls as the Wildcats lead all Big 12 teams in both overall (17.45) and conference-only (18.18) digs per set.
K-State is 16th in Division I in digs/set.
The Wildcats’ average of 17.45 digs/set in overall matches is their highest in a season since 2002 (18.01).
The conference-only clip (18.18) is K-State’s best average since 2002 (18.50) as well.
The Wildcats are the first team to average more than 18.0 digs/set in Big 12-only matches since Iowa State in 2011 (18.21).
K-State’s total of 1,797 digs so far this season are more than it had in all of last season (1,721) despite playing in 13 fewer sets (103 this year; 116 in 2014).
The 1,797 digs are the Wildcats’ most in a campaign since 2011 (1,925 in 126 sets; 15.28/set).

PROGRAM FIRST
For the first time in program history, K-State has four different players with 300+ digs, led by Kersten Kober (476).
Katie Brand (320), Bryna Vogel (317) and Brooke Sassin (310) round out the quartet of Wildcats.
For overall matches, K-State was the only team to have multiple players in the Big 12’s top-10 for digs/set (Kober, 4th; Brand, 9th; Vogel, 10th).

DOUBLE-300 CLUB
Junior Brooke Sassin, with career-highs in kills (360) and digs (310), is the first Wildcat outside hitter with 300 kills and digs in a season since 1999.
Sassin is the eighth different Wildcat in K-State’s Double-300 Club and just the second in the rally-scoring era (since 2001).
The last Wildcat to have 300 kills and digs in a single season was middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger in 2011 (500 kills, 337 digs).
Dawn Cady, with 622 kills and 434 digs in 1999, was the last K-State outside hitter to have a Double-300 campaign.

DOUBLE DOUBLE
With the help of a Double-300 campaign, Brooke Sassin has 15 double-doubles on the year, second-most in the Big 12 (Most: Katie Brand, 19).
The 15 double-doubles are the most by a K-State outside hitter since Dawn Cady had a program-record 24 in 1999.
Sassin has a double-double in three straight matches entering this weekend and four in the last five.

DOUBLE DOUBLE, PT. 2
While Brooke Sassin leads all Big 12 outside hitters in double-doubles, Katie Brand is pacing the entire league with 19.
Brand’s career-high for double-doubles in a season is 20, set last year in 31 matches.
Brand has 50 career double-doubles, which are the third-most in program history and the most by a Wildcat since Dawn Cady had 52 from 1996-99.
Brand needs one more double-double to tie the K-State record by juniors (20, Kim Zschau, 1997).

ALL-AROUND STANDOUT
Katie Brand finished the regular season as the only player in Division I with averages of 11.0 assists, 1.2 kills, 0.10 aces, 3.0 digs, and 0.75 blocks.
Brand also averaged 1.77 points, the highest clip among the nation’s top-30 in assists/set.
Brand’s current averages in assists, kills, digs and points are all career-highs.
Her 128 kills are also the most by a K-State setter since 2005 (Stacey Spiegelberg, 134).
Brand is 28th in Division I in assists/set (11.10).

DIGGIN’ IT
Kersten Kober enters the weekend with 476 digs, the most by a Wildcat since 2011 (Kuulei Kabalis, 478).
Kober’s 476 digs have already cracked the K-State’s top-10 for most digs in a season as she is currently 10th.
Kober is 4th in the Big 12 with 4.62 digs/set.

CAREER CHARTS
Katie Brand is sixth in K-State history with 3,473 career assists.
Kersten Kober is 10th in program history with 1,102 career digs (9th: Caitlyn Donahue, 1,107).

IMPACT FRESHMEN
K-State was the only team to have two players on the All-Big 12 Freshman Team: Alyssa Schultejans and Macy Flowers.
Schultejans finished the regular season third among Big 12 freshmen in kills (255).
Schultejans’ 255 kills are also the 12th-most by a K-State freshman.
Flowers finished the conference season fourth in blocks/set (1.27).
Flowers’ 1.27 blocks/set are the most by a Big 12 freshman since K-State’s Megan Kroeker averaged 1.30 in 2005.
Flowers currently owns the second-best blocks/set average ever by a K-State freshman (1.33, Tiffany Johnson in 2006).

RHINO ATTACK
Katie Reininger, who earned her first career all-conference honors this season, is second on K-State in kills (263) and hitting percentage (.283).
Reininger has hit .300+ in 15 matches, with K-State going 14-1 in such contests.

OFFENSIVE TALK
K-State’s offense ranks top-30 in the nation in kills/set as the Wildcats are 27th with 14.15.
The Wildcats have not averaged more than 14.0 kills/set for a season since 2007 (16.24).
Among Big 12 teams, K-State is one of just three to average more than 14.0/set so far this season (KU, 15.36; Texas, 14.27).

SERVE/RECEIVE
K-State has given up the second-fewest aces in Division I so far this season, surrendering just 64 (Fewest: KU, 51).
The 64 receiving errors are the fewest in program history, besting the previous low of 94 set in 2013 (105 sets).

WICHITA STATE SERIES
K-State leads the all-time series against Wichita State, 38-15.
The Wildcats have won nine straight against the Shockers, a streak that started in September 1995.
K-State and Wichita State have not played since 2011 when the Wildcats swept the Shockers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
K-State head coach Suzie Fritz is 5-0 all-time against Wichita State.

NEBRASKA SERIES
K-State trails in the all-time series against Nebraska, 4-80.
K-State won the last matchup in 2011, a five-set win in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The 2011 victory snapped K-State’s 14-match losing streak to the Huskers and seven-match losing streak in Lincoln.
K-State and Nebraska met in an official scrimmage this past spring in Grand Island, a match won by the Huskers, 3-0.

HARVARD SERIES
K-State and Harvard have never played.
The Wildcats are 1-0 all-time against the Ivy League (Cornell, 2008).