Notes: K-State Hosts Creighton in Mid-Week Showdown

GAME PREVIEW
SEPT 13, 6:00 PM

Ahearn Field House
Manhattan, KS

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CREIGHTON
BLUEJAYS
4-4 (0-0 BIG EAST)

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K-STATE
WILDCATS
7-2 (0-0 Big 12)

MANHATTAN, Kan. – After a historic weekend in which it reached two program milestones at the Wildcat Classic, the Kansas State volleyball team seeks its sixth straight win as it hosts Creighton (4-4) Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Ahearn Field House.

K-State (7-2) concludes a seven-match homestand before finishing non-conference play at the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville this weekend against host Arkansas, UMKC and Southern Mississippi.

AT A GLANCE

·         Kansas State concludes a seven-match homestand when it hosts Creighton (4-4) of the Big East Tuesday after claiming the Wildcat Classic title over the weekend, going 3-0 with wins over Mississippi State, Miami (FL) and Loyola Chicago.

·         The match will conclude the longest homestand for K-State since the 1995 season (8 straight matches).

·         The Wildcats reached 800 all-time wins as a program after defeating Mississippi State, 3-1, becoming just the third Big 12 program to reach the milestone.

·         With the victory, head volleyball coach Suzie Fritz collected career win No. 300. Fritz already own the most wins in Kansas State history.

·         Fritz’s now 302 career wins rank third among active Big 12 coaches.

·         For the second straight week, K-State is receiving votes in the AVCA poll.

·         The match can be seen on Cox Channel Kansas and on K-StateHD.TV and can be heard on radio on 1350 KMAN.

 

A LOOK AT K-STATE

·         Kansas State has won its last five matches after losing its home opener Sept. 2 against Michigan.

·         The five straight wins by K-State is just one away from matching last season’s longest winning streak.

·         The Cats won all three matches in their return to Ahearn Field House - defeating Mississippi State (3-1), Miami (3-0) and Loyola (3-0).

·         K-State hit better than .400 in back-to-back matches for the first time this season in wins over Mississippi State (.420) and Miami (.402).

·         The .420 attacking efficiency by K-State is its highest ever in a four-set match - more than 50 points higher than its previous best (.369)

·         It is the team’s highest percentage this season and the highest since Sept. 4, 2014 when it posted a .429 mark in a three-set win over Arkansas.

·         K-State has hit better than .400 in three of its last five matches. The last time K-State hit over .400 in multiple matches in a season was 2012 (twice).

·         The Wildcats had only season-low seven errors in the four-set match with Mississippi State.

 

A LOOK AT CREIGHTON

·         Creighton comes to Manhattan with a 4-4 (.500) record but has won its last two matches - sweeps of TCU and Chattanooga at home.

·         The Bluejays are 1-1 against Big 12 teams this season, defeating Iowa State, 3-1, on August 28 and lost to No. 4 Kansas in five sets at home on September 8.

·         Three of Creighton’s four losses have come in five-set matches (Wichita State, USC, Kansas).

·         The Bluejays’ 16.10 digs per set rank second in the Big East.

 

A LOOK AT THE SERIES

·         Kansas State leads the all-time series with Creighton, 6-4, dating back to 1975.

·         Creighton won the last meeting, 3-2, last season in Omaha. K-State had won the previous six meetings in the series.

·         The Wildcats are 5-1 all-time at home against the Bluejays, with the last meeting coming in 2011 (K-State, 3-2).

·         Creighton has not won in Manhattan since October 27, 1980.

·         K-State head coach Suzie Fritz is 4-1 all-time vs. Creighton.

 

HOME COOKIN'

·         K-State is in the midst of a seven-match homestand. the most consecutive home matches since 1995 when the Wildcats hosted eight straight matches.

·         Since 2010, the Cats are 30-2 in home non-conference matches.

·         Kansas State has posted a losing home record just once in the last 22 seasons (7-8, 2009).

·         The Cats went over 350 wins inside Ahearn Field House over the weekend and now own a 352-167-5 (.677) mark.

 

TEAM LEADERS

·         Kansas State ranks second in the Big 12 with 16.21 digs per set as a team and 13.52 assists per set.

·         The Wildcats are third in the conference in team kills per set with 13.97 and blocks per set with 2.45.

·         Katie Brand ranks second in the Big 12 with 11.42 assists/set while Kersten Kober is third in the league with 4.27 digs/set.

·         The Cats’ 110 digs vs. Georgia Tech are the most in any match among Big 12 teams this season and the most since Aug. 29, 2015 vs. Illinois State.

 

THREE-HEADED MONSTER

·         Outside hitters Brooke Sassin (3.47), Bryna Vogel (2.62) and Kylee Zumach (3.35) all average better than 2.50 kills per set.

·         Vogel has hit over .400 in the last three matches and in four of her last five matches overall - and a season-high .500 in the sweep against Loyola.

·         Sassin and Zumach have led the Wildcats in kills in the last four matches - twice each.

·         Vogel has posted back-to-back matches with multiple service aces and set a new career-high with three aces against Loyola.

·         Vogel, along with Katie Brand, was voted to the all-tournament team at the Wildcat Classic.

·         Sassin posted a season-best .485 (18k-2e-33ta) attack percentage against Mississippi State - the school she transferred from three years ago.

 

GETTING DEFENSIVE

·         Macy Flowers leads the team with 36 total blocks and 1.24 blocks per set.

·         Flowers has led her team in blocks in seven of the nine matches this season, including being the team leader in the last four.

·         K-State is 6-0 in matches in which it has more or equal number of blocks than its opponent.

·         The Wildcats recorded 13.0 blocks against Mississippi State, the fourth match reaching double-digit blocks.

·         Twice K-State has posted more than 10 blocks in back-to-back matches, a feat the Cats never accomplished in 2015.

·         K-State also owns the Big 12’s single-match high with 16.0 team blocks against Georgia Tech.

·         The 16.0 total team blocks are the most the Cats have recorded since Nov. 26, 2014 at Oklahoma.

 

300/800

·         Head coach Suzie Fritz collected career win No. 300 at Kansas State (302-170) with a four-set win over Mississippi State Friday.

·         The milestone also marked the program’s 800th all-time victory (802-616-12).

·         Kansas State is just the third program in the Big 12 to reach 800 total victories.

·         K-State’s winningest and longest-tenured coach has led the Wildcats to a top-four finish in the Big 12 eight times.

·         Fritz’s 302 wins are fifth-most in the history of the Big 12 and rank third among active head coaches.

·         Her 158 Big 12 victories are second among active league coaches and are fourth in the conference’s history.

 

EFFICIENCY IS THE KEY

·         K-State committed only seven attacking errors as a team in the four-set victory over Mississippi State. The fewest in a four-set match in the Big 12 this season.

·         The .420 (57k-7e-119ta) is the highest percentage in program history in a four-set match - more than 50 points higher than the previous record of .369 set in 1995.

K-State hit .402 (47k-12e-87ta) in the sweep of Miami Friday, marking the second straight match with an efficiency over .400