Notes: Streaking K-State Hosts Oklahoma on Wednesday

NOV 11, 7 PM

Ahearn Field House
Manhattan, KS

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Winners of four straight and six of its last seven, K-State returns to action on Wednesday, November 11 against Oklahoma in Ahearn Field House at 7 p.m.}
The Wildcats extended their winning streak to four last Saturday when they swept Texas Tech - their 11th sweep of the season.
Oklahoma arrives in Manhattan having lost its last two matches and six of its last seven.
In the first meeting of the season between the two teams, K-State issued Oklahoma its first sweep of the year and earned its first win in Norman since 2008.
K-State enters the week fourth in the Big 12 standings, trailing Iowa State by one match, while Oklahoma is seventh.

Last Saturday’s win over Texas Tech stretched K-State’s current winning streak to four, its longest since it won six straight earlier this year from September 4-12.
The four-match winning streak is also the Wildcats’ longest in Big 12 action since they won four straight from October 1-15 of last year.
During its current winning streak, K-State has dropped just one set (12-1).
The four-match winning streak is also the longest active streak among Big 12 teams.
K-State has not won five consecutive conference matches since 2004 (5 straight from September 22-October 6).
The Wildcats have won four straight Big 12 matches five different times since 2005 (including current streak).

With the help of three straight-set victories over its current four-match winning streak, K-State has accumulated 11 sweeps this years - matching its total in all of 2014.
This year, the Wildcats are 11-2 in three-set matches while last season, they were 11-5.
Six of K-State’s 11 sweeps this year have come in Big 12 play, its most in a conference season since 2007 (8).
Over K-State’s last seven matches - in which it has won six - it has swept its opponent five times.
The Wildcats have only played one match longer than four sets since October 7 (W, 3-1 vs. TCU on October 31).

K-State holds a 7-1 record at home this year, which is third-best among Big 12 teams (1. KU, 11-0; 2. Texas, 13-1).
Since 2011, the Wildcats are 48-13 (.787) at home, including 3-1 against Oklahoma.
The Wildcats have won seven straight home matches against unranked opponents.

Kersten Kober had 18 digs last Saturday against Texas Tech, her most in a three-set match since she also had 18 on November 5, 2014 vs. Iowa State.
The junior now has 995 career digs, which are the 12th most in school history.
She is looking to become the 12th member of K-State’s 1,000 career digs club and first to join since Caitlyn Donahue in 2012 (1,107 from 2009-12).
Next up for Kober on the career digs list is Gabby Guerre (1,013 from 2001-04).
Kober is averaging 6.14 digs/set over the last two matches (43 digs/7 sets).
She is fourth in the Big 12 with 4.39 digs/set in overall matches and third with 4.92 in conference-only contests.

With Kersten Kober leading the way, K-State is first among Big 12 teams in digs/set in overall matches with 16.81.
In conference-only matches, the Wildcats (17.11) are second to Iowa State (17.27).
K-State is also the only team with three players in the Big 12’s top-10 for digs/set, represented by Kober (4th), Katie Brand (9th, 3.12) and Bryna Vogel (10th, 2.94).
Over the last two matches, K-State is averaging 20.57 digs/set.
In Division I, K-State is 30th in digs/set.

While Bryna Vogel ranks 10th in digs/set in both overall and conference-only matches, fellow outside hitter Brooke Sassin is not too far behind with 2.86 digs/set in overall contests.
Sassin (240 digs) and Vogel (247) are the first pair of K-State outside hitters with 200+ digs in a season since 2011 when Kaitlynn Pelger (337 digs) and Kathleen Ludwig (218) turned the feat.
The Wildcats have not had two outside hitters with 250+ digs each since 2008 (Jenny Jantsch, 271 & Rita Liliom, 258).

Among the Big 12’s top-five in double-doubles, K-State features three of the standouts, a group that includes Katie Brand (1st, 15), Brooke Sassin (T-2nd, 11), and Bryna Vogel (T-4th, 9).
Brand now has back-to-back seasons with at least 15 double-doubles, a first for a Wildcat since Kim Zschau had three straight seasons with 15+ double-doubles from 1996-98.
Brand is tied for third on K-State’s career double-doubles list with 46.
Sassin’s 11 double-doubles are the most by a K-State outside hitter since 2008, while the last time a Wildcat outside had 12 or more double-doubles was 2001.
The last time K-State had two outside hitters with 10 or more double-doubles in a season was also 2001.

Katie Reininger led K-State with 11 kills last Saturday against Texas Tech while she also had a .304 hitting percentage.
The redshirt junior is averaging 2.78 kills/set on a .351 attack clip (53-13-114) over the last six matches.
Reininger is 10th in the Big 12 with a hitting percentage of .308 in conference-only matches.
She has hit over .300 in four of the last six contests and 14 times this season.
Last year, Reininger hit .300+ 15 times.

Alyssa Schultejans garnered Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors this past Monday.
The outside hitter from Silver Lake, Kansas led all Big 12 freshmen in kills, points and aces per set last week.
She had 10 kills and one ace in K-State’s sweep of Texas Tech.
Macy Flowers won the honor last week, giving K-State back-to-back winners and four weekly award winners overall this year.
This marks the first time that two different Wildcats have won the Big 12 Rookie of the Week award in the same season.

K-State has still managed to take care of the service line as the Wildcats, in Big 12 play, have committed the fewest service (46) and return (25) errors.
K-State is fourth in Big 12-only matches with 1.05 aces/set.
Among aces (+39), service errors (-46) and return errors (-25), K-State has given up the fewest points (-32) in Big 12-only.
The next closest is -54 by Iowa State.

K-State moved up in the RPI rankings for the third straight week as the Wildcats are now No. 51 (Last week: 52).
It matches their highest ranking of the year (Last: first release on October 5).
The Wildcats have climbed up from the No. 60 spot on October 19.
The Big 12 is ranked second in conference RPI (No. 1: Big Ten).
Against this week’s top-50, K-State is 2-8 (5-8 against top-100).
Oklahoma is No. 65 in RPI.

K-State trails in the all-time series against Oklahoma, 29-53-1.
The Wildcats have won three of the last four meetings, including the first matchup this season on October 16 in Norman (3-0).
Each of K-State’s last three wins in the series have been sweeps.
K-State is 15-19 all-time against Oklahoma at home.
Under head coach Suzie Fritz, K-State is 16-13 against Oklahoma, including 9-5 at home.