Notes: Streaking K-State Hosts Oklahoma on Wednesday
Notes: Streaking K-State Hosts Oklahoma on Wednesday
NOV 11, 7 PM
Ahearn Field House
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AT A GLANCE
• 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.
DIGS BY KOBES
• 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.
DIGS BY CATS
• 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.
ON THE OUTSIDE
• 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.
BIG 12 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
• 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.