Notes: K-State Faces Off against Oklahoma on Friday

MATCH PREVIEW
OCT 16, 6 PM

McCasland Field House
Norman, OK

NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
10-7 (2-3 Big 12)

NR
OKLAHOMA
SOONERS
7-10 (1-4 Big 12)

FSN

AT A GLANCE
Following a sweep of West Virginia on October 10 at home, K-State returns to the road for the 10th time over its last 12 matches as it will take on Oklahoma at McCasland Field House on Friday, October 16 at 6 p.m.
K-State, which has a first half of the Big 12 schedule that features five road matches, beat the Mountaineers in straight sets after dropping two straight road matches.
Oklahoma, which has played five of its last eight matches at home entering Friday, has lost back-to-back matches, with the most recent defeat coming at the hands of No. 2 Texas in four sets in Austin this past Sunday.
K-State is 0-3 in Big 12 road matches this season while Oklahoma is 1-1 at home.
The Wildcats have not won at Oklahoma since 2008, losing six straight, but they have beaten the Sooners in two of the last three overall meetings.

SWEPT AWAY
K-State’s last four wins have all been sweeps, including two in conference play.
After their fewest three-set matches (5) in non-conference action since 2009 (1), K-State has played a three-set match in three of its last four contests.
This is the first time since 2008 that K-State’s first two wins of the conference schedule were in straight sets.
Last year, the Wildcats played in seven three-set matches during their Big 12 schedule (4-3).

LETHAL WEAPON
Freshman Alyssa Schultejans paced the Wildcats in kills with 12 last Saturday vs. West Virginia, which was the fourth time she has led K-State in kills in a match and ninth time she reached double-digits in that category.
The outside hitter also hit .308, her sixth match of an attack percentage of .300 or higher.
It was also her best efficiency in a Big 12 match so far this year.
She is third on K-State in kills (166).

IMPACT FRESHMAN
Macy Flowers, who hit .360 at TCU on October 3 and .636 vs. West Virginia on October 10, is the first Wildcat to hit .360 or higher in two of her first three career matches since 2006.
That season, Ginta Gabruseva and Tiffany Johnson achieved the feat.
Since October 3, Flowers is third on the team with 26 kills (2.36/set) while her hitting percentage of .302 trails Katie Brand for the team lead.

3,000 CLUB
After recording 65 assists over last week’s two matches (10.83/set), Katie Brand became the seventh player in school history to have 3,000 career assists.
The redshirt junior is the fifth-fastest Wildcat to reach the milestone, needing 282 sets.
Brand enters Friday with 3,051 career assists in 286 sets (10.67/set).
Brand is second among active Big 12 players in career assists, with OU’s Julia Doyle (3,919) leading the way.
Brand trails Renee Whitney (1983-86) by 103 assists for sixth on K-State’s all-time career list.
This season, Brand is second in the Big 12 and 29th in Division I with 11.09 assists/set.

MORE THAN SETTING
Katie Brand has provided K-State with plenty beyond the assists.
She had eight kills last Saturday vs. West Virginia, which were her most in a Big 12 match in her career and one shy of tying her overall personal-best.
The eight kills were also the most by any Big 12 setter this season.
Over the last four matches, Brand is averaging 1.71 kills/set on a .444 attack percentage (4 errors, 45 attempts).
Brand has five or more kills in nine matches this season, the most by a K-State setter since 2007 (Stacey Spiegelberg, 12).
For the season, Brand leads all Big 12 setters in kills, digs, blocks and points.

BELOW THE MENDOZA LINE
K-State has held its opponent to a hitting percentage below .200 in the last two matches for a combined clip of .185 (79k-34e-243att).
It is the first time since a three-match stretch from October 4-15, 2014 that the Wildcats have limited Big 12 teams to an attack percentage of less than .200 in consecutive matches.
The Wildcats have held their opponents to a sub-.200 hitting percentage five times this season.
K-State held Oklahoma to a hitting percentage below .200 in both matches last year.

FROM THE BACK ROW
Helping the K-State defense this season is its ability to dig balls as the Wildcats are first in the Big 12 in digs/set in overall matches (16.75) and second in conference-only (17.22).
K-State’s 16.75 digs/set in overall matches is also the 23rd-best average in the nation.
Last year, K-State averaged 14.84 digs.
The Wildcats are averaging 18.0 digs/set over their last two matches.
K-State is the only team in the Big 12 with three players ranked in the conference’s top-10 for digs/set in overall matches: Kersten Kober (4th, 4.37), Bryna Vogel (9th, 3.02), Katie Brand (10th, 3.00).

OUTSIDE DIGS
Vogel, who is also seventh in Big 12-only matches with 3.28 digs/set, has paired up with fellow outside hitter Brooke Sassin to provide K-State with a pair of all-around hitters.
Sassin, who is fourth in the Big 12 with 3.54 kills and 3.97 points per set, has a career-high 183 digs this year (2.82/set).
Vogel, meanwhile, has 196 digs - the third most on K-State.
Sassin and Vogel are looking to become the first pair of Wildcat outside hitters since 2010 to have 200 digs in a campaign.
In 2010, JuliAnne Chisholm (233) and Kathleen Ludwig (205) made up of the pair of K-State outsides with 200+ digs.

DEALING ACES
K-State had six aces last Saturday against West Virginia, its ninth match this season with five or more aces.
K-State is 7-2 this season when it has five or more aces.
The Wildcats are fifth in the Big 12 with 1.12 aces/set.
Alyssa Schultejans, who has a team-best 16 aces this year, is the lone Wildcat ranked in the Big 12’s top-10 for aces/set as she is eighth (0.26).
On the other side, K-State has only been aced 38 times, with the 0.58 aces against/set being the second best average among conference teams.

RPI RANKINGS
In the season’s second RPI rankings released by the NCAA on Monday, K-State was ranked No. 58 (Last week: No. 51).
The Wildcats have played seven opponents ranked in this week’s top-50, including four from out of the Big 12: KU (No. 9), Wisconsin (13), Creighton (23), Iowa State (26), Baylor (30), Arkansas (35), and Miami (43).
K-State is 1-6 against the RPI’s top-50.
Against the top-100, the Wildcats are 2-7 (L, TCU - 52; W, Illinois State - 80)
Oklahoma is one spot behind K-State, ranked No. 59.

OKLAHOMA SERIES
K-State trails in the all-time series against Oklahoma, 28-53-1.
However, the Wildcats have won two of the last three meetings, a stretch that began on November 3, 2013 in Manhattan (3-0).
The two sides have split the season series over the last two years, with each team winning its respective home match.
K-State has lost six straight at Oklahoma, with five of the contests being decided in four sets.
The Wildcats’ last win in Norman was on October 11, 2008 (3-2), or 2,561 days ago.
K-State is 11-25 all-time at Oklahoma.
Over the last 16 meetings, only four matches have been decided in straight sets while the last five-set match was on November 9, 2011 in Manhattan.