Notes: K-State Wraps Up Non-Conference Schedule with Creighton Classic


TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

KANSAS STATE
WILDCATS
8-1 (0-0 BIG 12)
RV

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WISCONSIN
BADGERS
6-1 (0-0 BIG TEN)
11

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ARKANSAS
RAZORBACKS
8-1 (0-0 SEC)
NR

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CREIGHTON
BLUEJAYS
4-6 (0-0 BIG EAST)
NR

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Friday, Sept. 18, 3:30 pm

K-STATE vs NO. 11 WISCONSIN

SERIES: K-State Leads, 2-1

NOTES: K-STATE  I  WISCONSIN
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Saturday, Sept. 19, 11 am

K-STATE vs ARKANSAS

SERIES: K-State Leads, 7-1

NOTES: K-STATE  I  ARKANSAS
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Sunday, Sept. 20, 2 pm

K-STATE at CREIGHTON

SERIES: K-State Leads, 6-3

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AT A GLANCE
Riding a six-match winning streak, K-State will wrap up its regular season non-conference schedule this weekend with the Creighton Classic from September 18-20.
The Wildcats are coming off back-to-back perfect weekends, going 3-0 at the Varney’s Invitational in Manhattan two weeks ago and then 3-0 in the Middle Tennessee Invitational last week.
K-State will arrive in Omaha with a 5-1 record in road/neutral matches this season.
The Wildcats have not played at Creighton since 2012 (Bluejay Invitational, Aug. 31-Sept. 1).
K-State is a combined 15-5 all-time against Arkansas, Creighton and Wisconsin.

FOR THE WIN
K-State’s current six-match winning streak is its longest since it won 11-straight from September 4-20, 2014.
The Wildcats enter the weekend with the second-longest active winning streak among Big 12 teams (KU, 9).
K-State has won 18 of its last 20 sets played, with four of its last six match wins being in straight sets.
This is the fourth consecutive season that K-State has strung together a winning streak of six or more matches.

AGAINST THE NON-CON
Beyond the six-match winning streak, K-State is 53-3 (.946) in its last 56 regular season non-conference matches, a stretch that dates back to 2011.
Over the stretch, K-State is 12-1 in true road matches, 21-2 in neutral-site contests, and 20-0 at home.
The 56-match span started on September 8, 2011 at Missouri State (W, 3-2) - five days after the Wildcats dropped a three-set contest against BYU at home.
In all non-conference action, including three trips to the NCAA Tournament, K-State is 59-9 (.868) since 2011.
Since 2012, K-State is 46-3 (.939) in regular season non-conference action, which is the best record among Big 12 schools.

OFFENSIVE TALK
K-State has managed to open the season 8-1 or better for the fourth straight campaign behind one of the best Wildcat offenses in school history.
Entering the week, K-State is second in the country in kills/set (15.12) and ninth in hitting efficiency (.304).
The Wildcats are just one of three Division I teams through the first three weeks of the season averaging 15+ kills/set while they are also one of nine teams with a team hitting percentage of .300 or higher.
K-State’s 499 kills so far this year are its most through the first nine matches of a season since 2007 when it had 514 (16.06 kills/set).
The .304 hitting percentage, though, is the best ever for the Wildcats in their first nine matches of the season during the rally-scoring era (since 2001).
The previous best was .281 in 2008 (451k-136e-1121att).
K-State has a kill percentage of .419, helped by just 137 attack errors on 1,190 swings (84 non-blocking errors).
The .419 kill percentage is second-best among Big 12 schools (First: KU, .426).
Last year, through the first nine matches, K-State had a kill percentage of .397 (412k-135e-1039att) and a .267 hitting percentage in 30 sets.
Two of the teams K-State faces this weekend, Arkansas (.120) and Wisconsin (.122), are 10th and 12th, respectively, in Division I in opponent hitting percentage.

LAST 6
Over its last six matches, K-State is averaging 16.05 kills/set on a .316 clip.
The Wildcats are out-hitting their opponents, .316-.187, over the stretch.
Over the last 20 sets, K-State has hit .300 or higher 12 times and less than .230 just twice.
K-State is also averaging 1.4 aces/set over the span, while its opponents have an average of just 0.3 aces/set.
K-State has been aced just six times in the last six contests, and twice in the last three.

BIG 12 LEADER
Brooke Sassin has 10 or more kills in each of the first nine matches this season, a first by a Wildcat since 2008 when Rita Lilliom had double-digit kills in 29 consecutive matches to start the season.
Sassin has paced the Wildcats in kills in six of the nine matches so far.
The junior is averaging a Big 12-best 3.88 kills/set, including a 4.05 average over the last six contests.
Nationally, Sassin is 65th in kills/set.
The outside hitter is also carrying a .304 attack percentage (128k-31e-319att).
She has hit .345 or higher in her last two matches and .300+ in four of her last five contests.
Last season, Sassin had 16 matches of 10+ kills and nine with a hitting percentage of .300+ (six total in 2015).

DOUBLE DOUBLE
Sassin’s impact goes beyond the offense, though, as the outside hitter leads the Big 12 with six double-doubles.
Sassin, who has seven double-doubles in her career, has a double-double in three straight matches entering the weekend.
Sassin’s six double-doubles are already the most by a Wildcat outside hitter since 2008 (Rita Lilliom, 11).
Sassin’s 91 digs this season have already bested her previous career-high of 81 set last year.
She is also the only player in the Big 12’s top-10 in kills/set averaging 2.75 or more digs/set.

SETTING THE SCENE
Helping K-State excel offensively is redshirt junior setter Katie Brand, who is second in the Big 12 with 11.39 assists/set.
Brand has 245 assists over the last six matches, averaging 12.25/set and guiding the team to a .316 hitting percentage.
Brand enters this weekend seventh in school history with 2,706 career assists.
She needs 448 more assists to tie Renee Whitney for sixth on K-State’s all-time career assists list.
Overall, Brand leads all Big 12 setters in digs, kills, blocks and points.
She averages 1.56 points/set this season.

FIRST AND SECOND CONTACT
Katie Brand has also produced five double-doubles this season, the second-most in the Big 12.
Brand has 36 career double-doubles, which are tied for the seventh-most in school history.
Brand trails Devon Ryning (38) for sixth on the list (Leader: Kim Zschau, 69, 1995-98).
Brand has a double-double in 23 of her last 34 career matches.

DEALING ACES
Freshman Alyssa Schultejans leads the Wildcats with 11 aces, the most by a K-State freshman since Katie Brand (27) in 2013.
Schultejans has recorded four aces in two different matches this season, which is a first for a Wildcat since Kaitlynn Pelger also had two in 2013.
Schultejans is currently the only freshman in the Big 12’s top-10 for aces/set (0.37).

IN THE POLLS
K-State jumped to just outside the AVCA Coaches Top-25 Poll this week, checking in at 63 points (26th-most).
The Wildcats trail Kentucky (74 points, 5-5 record) and Pacific (74, 8-1) for 24th in the poll.
Last week, K-State received votes for the first time this year, tabulating four points.

FILLING IN THE RANKS
On Friday, K-State will face its first ranked non-conference team in the regular season since 2012 when it takes on No. 11 Wisconsin.
In 2012, the Wildcats beat both No. 10 Minnesota (3-2) and No. 20 Dayton (3-0) in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
K-State has won three straight regular season matches against ranked non-conference opponents (other: 9/14/13 at No. 23 Cal).
The Wildcats are 8-17 (.320) against all ranked opponents since 2011.
Last year, K-State was 0-3 against ranked opponents, losing twice to No. 2/5 Texas and then No. 20 Utah in the postseason.