Notes: K-State Opens Homestand with TCU on Saturday


MATCH PREVIEW
OCT 31, 7 PM

Ahearn Field House
Manhattan, KS

NR
TCU
HORNED FROGS
16-5 (6-3 Big 12)

NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
13-8 (5-4 Big 12)

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AT A GLANCE
Winners in four of its last five matches, K-State starts a four-match homestand on Saturday, October 31 when it takes on TCU in Ahearn Field House at 7 p.m.
The Wildcats are coming off back-to-back road wins, sweeping the likes of Texas Tech and West Virginia last Saturday and Wednesday, respectively.
TCU, meanwhile, arrives in Manhattan after sweeping No. 2 Texas in Fort Worth on Wednesday, the Horned Frogs’ first win ever against a top-10 opponent.
The two-match winning streaks by K-State and TCU are currently the longest active streaks among Big 12 teams.
This is the second meeting of the season between K-State and TCU as the Wildcats overcame a two-set deficit on October 3 before losing in five sets in Fort Worth.
K-State enters the weekend fifth in the Big 12 standings while TCU is tied for third with Iowa State.

HOME, SWEET HOME
After 12 of its last 15 matches away from home, K-State begins a four-match homestand on Saturday.
The match will also be just the second time the Wildcats play in their normal home of Ahearn Field House this year as they played five of the previous six home matches in Bramlage Coliseum.
K-State swept Baylor on September 26 in its only match held in Ahearn Field House this season.
The four-match homestand is K-State’s longest stretch of consecutive Big 12 home matches since 1998 (Oct. 16-24).
Starting with Saturday, five of the Wildcats’ final seven regular season matches are at home.

HOME RECORD
Despite most of the season on the road, the Wildcats have still managed to hold an impressive record at home this year as they are 5-1 in Manhattan.
Since 2011, K-State is 46-13 (.780) at home, including 39-12 in Ahearn Field House.
The Wildcats have won 42 of their last 48 matchups at home against unranked opponents (.875 winning pct.).
K-State has dropped just one set against unranked opponents at home this year (15-1).

HOME SPLITS
In the six home matches this year, K-State is out-pacing its opponents in every major statistical category.
The Wildcats are averaging 15.11 kills per set compared to their opponents’ 12.74 clip.
K-State is out-hitting its opponents, .270-.202, while also out-digging (15.84-14.95) and out-blocking (2.26-1.79).
In terms of aces, the Wildcats have 30 at home (1.58/set), and they have surrendered just 11 (0.58/set).

RHINO ON THE LOOSE
One of the key offensive pieces to K-State not only at home but overall is Katie Reininger, who owns a .364 attack percentage (59k-15e-121att) in six home matches.
The redshirt junior enters Saturday fifth in the Big 12 with a hitting efficiency of .343 in conference-only matches and ninth with a .325 clip in overall contests.
Her hitting percentage is fueled by her last four matches, a stretch in which she is hitting .465 and averaging 3.08 kills per set (37k-4e-71att; 12 sets).
On Wednesday, Reininger matched her career-high in hitting percentage (.625) while also tallying 10 kills.
It was the fourth time this year Reininger turned in a hitting clip of .500 or higher, making her the first Wildcat with an efficiency of .500 or higher in at least four matches (min. 10 attacks) in a season since Alex Muff had five efforts in 2012.
Since October 16 at Oklahoma, Reininger has hit .571, .250, .440 and .625 in the four matches.
Reininger has .333 or higher in 13 matches this year, including four times in Big 12 play.
She also has double-digit kills in back-to-back matches and 11 times this season.

FLOWERS POWER
Katie Reininger is not the only K-State middle blocker making a difference as of late as freshman Macy Flowers is coming off an 11-kill, .476 hitting percentage performance on Wednesday at West Virginia.
Flowers’ 11 kills against the Mountaineers matched her career-high, a mark set in her K-State debut on October 3 at TCU.
She had 11 kills on a .360 hitting percentage against the Horned Frogs, with the 11 kills being the most by a freshman in her K-State debut since Kathleen Ludwig in 2009.
Since October 3 (seven matches), Flowers is third on the team in kills (53), second in hitting (.297), and first in blocks (24).
The .476 hitting efficiency by Flowers against West Virginia was the second-highest in her young career while it was also the fifth time she has posted a clip of .360 or higher.
Over the last two matches, Flowers is averaging 3.33 kills/set on a .432 clip.

OPENING UP THE OUTSIDE
With K-State middle blockers combining to average 7.0 kills/set on a .474 hitting efficiency over the last two matches, outside hitter Brooke Sassin has been able to soar as well as she has a team-best 25 kills in the last two contests.
The junior, who is averaging 4.17 kills/set on a .300 hitting percentage since October 24, enters Saturday fourth in the Big 12 in both kills/set (3.55) and points/set (3.97) for overall contests.
She is also averaging 3.17 digs/set over the last two matches (19 digs total).
For the season, Sassin leads the Wildcats in kills (273) while she is fourth in digs (219).

DOUBLE DOUBLE
With 11 kills and 13 digs against West Virginia on Wednesday, Brooke Sassin recorded her 10th double-double of the season and 11th of her career.
The 10 double-doubles are the most by a K-State outside hitter since Rita Liliom had 11 in 2008.
The double-double on Wednesday was Sassin’s first since September 20 at Creighton and first of her career in Big 12 play.
Sassin trails Katie Brand (13) for the team-lead in double-doubles this year.

ON THE OFFENSE
K-State hit .306 as a team against West Virginia on Wednesday, which was the seventh time this season the Wildcats hit over .300 in a match.
The seven .300-clip efforts are the most in a season for the Wildcats since 2012 when they had 10.
K-State has hit .300 or higher in two of its last four contests.
K-State is hitting .248 on the year, the third-best average among Big 12 teams.

AND ON THE DEFENSE
While the offense is heating up, the K-State defense has limited its opponents to a sub-.200 hitting percentage for the second straight match and fifth time over the last six contests.
Since October 7, opponents are hitting .186 against K-State (239k-111e-688att).
K-State’s record since October 7: 4-2. 

RPI RANKINGS
K-State is No. 55 in the latest RPI rankings, up five spots from last week.
The Wildcats are 1-8 against the RPI’s top-50, beating Baylor (No. 39).
TCU moved into the RPI’s top-50 for the first time this season on Monday at No. 49 (previous high: 52 on October 12).

TCU SERIES
The Wildcats lead the all-time series against the Horned Frogs, 5-2.
K-State dropped the first meeting of the season on October 3 (L, 2-3).
The Wildcats are 3-0 all-time against TCU at home (two sweeps).
Since K-State won the first three all-time meetings, the two sides have split the last four matchups.
Of the seven all-time meetings, five have been decided in straight sets.
The other two contests were settled in five sets.