Notes: Cats Start Two-Match Road Swing at Texas Tech
Notes: Cats Start Two-Match Road Swing at Texas Tech
OCT 24, 3 PM
United Supermarkets Arena
11-8 (3-4 Big 12)
13-8 (2-5 Big 12)
News Radio KMAN (93.3 FM/1350 AM)
AT A GLANCE
• For the fourth time over the last six matches, K-State will play on the road as the Wildcats take on Texas Tech in Lubbock on Saturday, October 24 at 3 p.m.
• K-State has won two of its last three matches, but is coming off a straight-set loss to No. 2 Texas this past Wednesday.
• Texas Tech, which had a bye this past midweek, also fell to the Longhorns in its last match, a 3-0 sweep on October 17.
• The Red Raiders have lost five of their last six matches, two of which were in Lubbock.
• K-State is currently fifth the Big 12 standings while Texas Tech is seventh as the two teams wrap up the first half of their conference slate on Saturday.
• The Wildcats have won two straight against the Red Raiders, sweeping the season series a year ago.
• Despite Wednesday’s loss, K-State still held a Texas offense, which entered the match hitting above .340 in conference play, to a .246 clip.
• The attack percentage by the Longhorns snapped their seven-match streak in Big 12 action of hitting above .300.
• K-State held Texas to its second-lowest hitting percentage this season, continuing a trend for the Wildcat defense of suffocating the opponents’ attack.
• Over the last 10 matches, K-State has held two teams to their lowest hitting efficiency this year (Sept. 23 - KU, .220 & Oct. 16 - at Oklahoma, .135).
• Four other opponents - Wisconsin, Arkansas, Iowa State and Texas - turned in either their second or third lowest hitting percentage of the year against K-State (at the time of the match).
• KU (No. 1), Texas (No. 3), and Arkansas (No. 28) are all in the nation’s top-30 in hitting percentage entering this weekend.
BLOCK IT UP
• A key factor to the K-State defense against Texas was its 7.0 blocks, the eighth time over the last 11 matches the Wildcats reached that number.
• Over that 11-match stretch, K-State is averaging 2.20 blocks/set - compared to its 1.97/set over the first nine contests.
• Over the last two matches, the Wildcats are averaging 3.33 blocks/set.
• The Wildcats are fifth in the Big 12 with 2.17 blocks/set in conference-only matches.
• K-State, which had 50 digs on Wednesday against Texas, continues to be among the Big 12 leaders in digs/set as it is second in the conference with an average of 16.54.
• The Wildcats are also second in the Big 12 with 16.46 digs/set in conference-only contests.
• K-State had 22 digs in the first set against Texas, which was the 19th time this year that the Wildcats had 20 or more digs in a set.
• Three Wildcats - Kersten Kober (5th/3rd), Bryna Vogel (10th/7th), and Katie Brand (9th/10th) - are among the Big 12’s top-10 in both overall and conference-only matches.
• Kersten Kober had 10 digs against Texas, giving her 17 matches this season and 45 in her career with double-digit digs.
• The junior moved into 16th place on K-State’s career digs list as she has 927.
• She also has 301 digs this year, giving her back-to-back 300-dig campaigns (first for K-State since Kuulei Kabalis in 2011-12).
• Kober’s current average of 4.75 digs/set in Big 12 matches is nearly a dig per set higher than her clip in 2014 (3.76).
AND ACES, TOO
• In addition to 10 digs in three of the last four matches (all three sets), Kober has an ace in each of the four contests.
• It is the first time Kober has an ace in four straight matches since she had one in five consecutive October 1-18, 2014.
• Kober has nine aces this year, tied for fourth amongst the Wildcats.
• The team leader in aces, Alyssa Schultejans, had one of the two K-State aces against Texas, giving her 18 on the year.
• Schultejans has an ace in three straight matches entering this weekend and five over her last six contests.
• The freshman is eighth in the Big 12 with 0.26 aces/set in overall matches.
• Schultejans’ 18 aces are the most by a K-State freshman since Katie Brand had 27 in 2013.
• Katie Brand used 23 assists and 15 digs against Texas to record her Big 12-best 12th double-double of the season.
• The redshirt junior also moved into a tie with Gabby Guerre for fifth on K-State’s career double-doubles list.
• Next up for Brand on the career list is Liz Wegner, who had 44 from 1998-2001.
• Brand’s 43 double-doubles have come in 79 career matches.
• Guerre needed 118 career matches to notch 43 double-doubles.
• Katie Brand has gone beyond assists, and digs, over the last six matches as she is averaging 1.65 kills/set since September 26.
• The setter, who has six or more kills in four of the last six contests, is leading the Big 12 with a .425 attack percentage (min. 3.0 attacks/set) in conference-only matches.
• Brand had six kills on 10 attacks against Texas on Wednesday, hitting .600 - the second time in the last three matches she had an attack percentage of .600 or greater (.636 vs. West Virginia, Oct. 10).
• In seven Big 12 matches this year, Brand is averaging 1.54 kills, 10.58 assists, 2.79 digs and 2.04 points.
• While fourth in assists/set in conference-only matches, Brand leads all Big 12 setters in kills, digs, blocks and points.
• For the 12th time this season, Brooke Sassin either led or tied for the team lead in kills when she had seven vs. Texas.
• The junior is currently fourth in the Big 12 with a team-best 3.49 kills/set and 3.94 points/set.
• Sassin’s average of 3.49 kills is up from her 2014 output of 2.79 (312 kills/112 sets).
• Sassin has helped K-State enter the weekend second among Big 12 teams and 15th in the nation with 14.24 kills/set.
• Macy Flowers had a career-high six blocks on Wednesday vs. Texas, giving her 11 total over the last two matches.
• Flowers, who did not play in a match this season until at TCU on October 3, is fifth in the Big 12 with 1.06 blocks/set in conference-only matches.
• Since October 3, Flowers leads the Wildcats with 18 blocks, helping her average 2.5 points/set (third on K-State).
• Despite last week’s road win at Oklahoma, K-State slid two spots to No. 60 in this week’s RPI rankings.
• The Wildcats have played eight opponents ranked in this week’s top-50 so far, including four from out of the Big 12: Texas (No. 6), KU (No. 8), Wisconsin (15), Iowa State (21), Creighton (23), Baylor (30), Arkansas (36), and Miami (47).
• K-State is 1-7 against the RPI’s top-50.
• Texas Tech is No. 129 in this week’s rankings.
• The Wildcats are 8-0 against teams ranked 101 or higher in the RPI.
TEXAS TECH SERIES
• K-State leads the all-time series against Texas Tech, 32-10.
• The Wildcats have won two straight against the Red Raiders, sweeping the season series in 2014.
• Since 2005, K-State has won 18 of 20 matches against Texas Tech.
• Last year’s 3-0 win in Lubbock snapped a two-match road losing streak for K-State in the series.
• All-time, the Wildcats are 12-7 in Lubbock but have won 11 of the last 13.
• K-State head coach Suzie Fritz has a 24-4 career record against Texas Tech.