Notes: Volleyball Returns to Ahearn With Shot at History
Notes: Volleyball Returns to Ahearn With Shot at History
Kan. - The next victory by the Kansas State volleyball team will be a
historic one. Sixteen-year head coach Suzie Fritz will collect career win No.
300 while the program as a whole will reach 800 wins, becoming just the third
Big 12 school to reach the milestone.
K-State remains at home this weekend, but returns to Ahearn Field House to host the Wildcat Classic. The Cats will face Mississippi State Friday at Noon CT and finish the evening with Miami (FL) at 7:30 p.m. before finishing the weekend Saturday at 1 p.m. against Loyola (Chicago).
AT A GLANCE
- Kansas State hosts its second straight tournament with the Wildcat Classic, held at Ahearn Field House, welcoming Loyola (Chicago), Miami (FL) and Mississippi State.
- It is the first time since 1993 that K-State has hosted two tournaments in the same year.
- K-State went 2-1 at the K-State Invitational held in Bramlage Coliseum last weekend. It is the second straight tournament the Wildcats posted a 2-1 record and second-place finish (Wahine Invitational).
- The Cats are 4-2 after the first six matches for the first time since the 2011 season. In 2011, K-State finished 22-11 and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
- Loyola, Miami and Mississippi State will all be making their first trips to Manhattan.
- It will be the first-ever meeting between Kansas State and Mississippi State.
- Miami took the only previous meeting between the two schools, winning a five-set match last season on its home floor.
- The all-time series with Loyola is tied 1-1, however, this will be the first meeting between the Ramblers and Wildcats since 2000, when the Cats won a four-set match.
- For the second straight week, K-State is receiving votes in the AVCA poll.
- All three matches will be broadcast on K-StateHD.TV and available on radio on 1350 KMAN.
- Head coach Suzie Fritz is just one win from collecting career win No. 300 at Kansas State (299-170).
- When she reaches the milestone, it will also be the program’s 800th all-time victory (799-616-12).
- Kansas State will become 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 299 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.
- Outside of the Big 12, Fritz owns more wins (38) against the SEC than any other conference in the country.
- 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.
- Kansas State had won its previous 26 home openers before Michigan handed K-State its first home-opening loss since 1989.
- The loss to the Wolverines also snapped a 20-match home non-conference winning streak, dating back to 2011.
- Since 2010, the Cats are 27-2 in home non-conference matches.
- Kansas State has posted a losing home record just once in the last 22 seasons (7-8, 2009).
- Kansas State is tops in the Big 12 with 17.26 digs per set as a team (26th nationally).
- K-State ranks second in the Big 12 with 13.22 assists per set and 2.52 blocks per set. The Wildcats are third in team kills per set with 13.78.
- 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.
- 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.
- Katie Brand ranks third in the Big 12 with 10.91 assists/set while Kersten Kober is fourth in the league with 4.45 digs/set.
- In her second weekend of action after missing nearly all of the 2015 season with a knee injury, redshirt sophomore outside hitter Kylee Zumach has returned to form that earned her 2014 All-America status.
- Last weekend, Zumach registered her fifth and sixth career matches with 20 or more kills, already reaching 500 kills in her career.
- She currently leads the Cats with 3.52 kills per set. Her career 3.45 kills/set are tied for third in K-State history in the rally-scoring era (since 2001).
- In the win at No. 6 Hawaii, she recorded her first career double-double with 14 kills and a career-high 11 digs.
- Zumach leads K-State with six service aces, which are more than she had in the last two seasons combined (5).
- K-State is 4-0 in matches in which it registers more blocks than its opponents and is 0-2 when being outblocked.
- The Wildcats held Tennessee State to just six points in the second set Saturday.
- The six points allowed equal the fewest given up by K-State in the rally-scoring era (2007 vs. North Texas).
- Senior libero Kersten Kober is on a career-best run of 16 straight matches reaching double-figure digs.
- Kober reached 20 digs twice over the weekend, including a season-best 26 in the five-set win over Georgia Tech Saturday.
EFFICIENCY IS THE KEY
- K-State failed to committ a single attacking error in the second set in a sweep of Tennessee State Saturday - the first errorless set since the fifth set vs. Illinois State on Aug. 28, 2015.
- The .619 (13k-0e-21a) efficiency is a single-set high this season and the highest the Wildcats have posted since Sept. 6, 2013 (.654 vs. Southern Illinois).
- K-State hit .419 (47k-8e-93a) in the sweep of TSU, the highest team attacking percentage since Sept. 4, 2014 vs. Arkansas.
- Under head coach Suzie Fritz, Kansas State is 111-2 when hitting at a .300 efficiency or better.
HER OWN BRAND
- Senior setter Katie Brand is the Big 12’s active career leader in assists and is No. 7 on the NCAA’s active career leader list.
- Her 3,769 career assists are third all-time in program history in the rally-scoring era (since 2001) and fifth overall.
- She tallied 50 or more assists against Michigan and Georgia Tech over the weekend. She now owns 20 career matches with 50 or more assists.
- The senior has posted a double-double in the last two matches and leads the Cats with three this season.
- Brand was voted to the all-tournament team at both the Wahine Invitational in Hawaii and the K-State Invitational.
- The senior was the lone Wildcat selected to the 2016 All-Big 12 Preseason Team.
- Senior outside hitter Brooke Sassin leads the Wildcats with four matches with at least 15.0 points.
- Sassin set a new career high with seven blocks while equaling her career best with 19 digs in the five-set win over Georgia Tech Saturday.
- She leads K-State with 76 kills and is third with 61 digs.
- Sassin was named to the all-tournament team at the season-opening Wahine Invitational held at the University of Hawaii.