Notes: Wildcats End Regular Season at Baylor


MATCH PREVIEW
NOV 28, 7 PM

Ferrell Center
Waco, TX

NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
17-10 (9-6 Big 12)

NR
BAYLOR
BEARS
16-13 (4-11 Big 12)

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AT A GLANCE
K-State will wrap up its 2015 regular season with a road match at Baylor on Saturday, November 28 at 7 p.m.
The Wildcats enter the regular season finale on a two-match losing streak, falling in four sets to a pair of top-10 teams: No. 5 Texas (Nov. 21) and No. 9 KU (Nov. 25).
Despite the pair of losses, K-State has won eight of its last 11, putting it in fourth-place in the Big 12 standings.
Baylor is stuck in a four-match losing streak entering Saturday, its longest losing streak of the season.
The Bears are seventh in the Big 12 with a 4-11 conference mark.
K-State is 3-4 in Big 12 road matches this season, winning three of its last four, while Baylor is 2-5 in conference home contests, dropping two straight.

WHAT’S AT STAKE
Entering the final regular season match, K-State is looking to clinch sole possession of fourth-place in the Big 12 standings, its highest conference finish since 2011.
The Wildcats, who were picked to finish fifth in the preseason coaches’ poll, hold a one-match lead over fifth-place TCU, which ends its season on Friday vs. West Virginia.
With a win at Baylor, K-State would not only lock up fourth in the Big 12 but it would sew up 10 conference wins, its most in a campaign since 2008 (14-6).
Last year, K-State was 9-7 in the Big 12, finishing fifth.
K-State has finished fifth in the Big 12 in each of the last three seasons.
With a loss at Baylor and a TCU win, the Wildcats would still finish in a tie for fourth in the Big 12.

SEASON FINALES
Saturday will mark the first time since 2009 that K-State plays its final regular season match on the road.
That season, the Wildcats ended their campaign with a 3-1 win at Texas Tech.
This year also marks the first time since 1999 that K-State will end its regular season at Baylor.
In that season, K-State fell in four sets to the then-No. 22 Bears on November 27.
K-State has won five of its last seven regular season finales (2-0 on the road).
Under head coach Suzie Fritz, the Wildcats are 9-5 in their final regular season match.

DOUBLE-300 CLUB
Junior Brooke Sassin, who led K-State with 13 kills on Wednesday vs. KU while also registering 16 digs, is looking to become the first Wildcat outside hitter with 300 kills and digs in a season since 1999.
Sassin enters Saturday with a career-high 346 kills and needs nine more digs (291) to crack 300 for the season.
Sassin could become the eighth different Wildcat in K-State’s Double-300 Club and just the second in the rally-scoring era (since 2001).
The last Wildcat to have 300 kills and digs in a single season was middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger in 2011 (500 kills, 337 digs).
Dawn Cady, with 622 kills and 434 digs in 1999, was the last K-State outside hitter to have a Double-300 campaign.
Sassin has double-digit digs in her last two matches and is averaging 3.27 per set over the last seven contests (85 digs /26 sets).
Sassin enters the weekend fourth in the Big 12 in kills/set (3.46) and 12th in digs/set (2.91) for overall matches.

ALL-AROUND
Brooke Sassin also enters the weekend with 14 double-doubles this year, the most by a K-State outside hitter since 2001 (Lisa Mimick & Jennifer Pollard, 14).
Sassin has a double-double in each of her last two matches and in three of her last four.
The last K-State outside hitter with more than 14 double-doubles in a season was Dawn Cady in 1999 when she set the school-record with 24.
Sassin is second in the Big 12 in double-doubles, trailing teammate Katie Brand (18).

DOUBLE DOUBLE
In addition to Brooke Sassin, Wildcats Katie Brand (41 assists, 15 digs) and Bryna Vogel (12 kills, 17 digs) had double-doubles in Wednesday’s match vs. KU.
For Brand, it was her 18th of the season, which leads the Big 12, and 49th of her career, which are the third-most in school history.
For Vogel, it was her career-high 11th of the campaign, which are tied for fourth in the Big 12.
K-State features three different players among the Big 12’s top-five in double-doubles this season.
With the addition of Katie Reininger’s one double-double, K-State has a team total of 44 this year - the most for the Wildcats in a season since 2001 (63).

250 KILLS and DIGS
Bryna Vogel needs three more kills to reach 250 on the season, with her 247 already being a ca-reer-high.
If Vogel (305 digs) cracks the 250-kill mark, she would join Brooke Sassin as the only two teammates in the Big 12 to have both 250+ kills and digs this year.
The last time K-State had two players with 250 kills and digs was in 2001 when it had three.

CAREER YEAR
Kersten Kober had 32 digs on Wednesday vs. KU, which was the second time this year the jun-ior had a 30-dig effort.
Kober, who had a career-high 37 digs at TCU on October 3, is just the third Wildcat to have 32 or more digs in two matches in the same season (Others: Angie Lastra, 2007; Shawnee Call, 1987).
Kober has turned in three career matches of at least 30 digs, which are tied for the second-most in school history.
She has eight matches of at least 20 digs this year, which are tied for fourth in a single season in K-State history.
Her 11 career matches of 20+ digs are tied for fifth in program history.
Kober, who is averaging 5.86 digs/set over the last six matches, is 10th in school history with 1,087 career digs.

DIGGIN’ IT
K-State currently leads the Big 12 in digs/set for both overall (17.25) and conference-only (17.85) matches.
The Wildcats have not averaged more than 17.0 digs/set for overall matches or led the Big 12 in digs for overall contests since 2002 (18.01).
This year’s 1,725 digs (in 100 sets) have already surpassed last season’s total of 1,721 (116 sets) and are the Wildcats’ most in a season since 2011 (1,925, 126 sets).

BLOCK IT UP
Macy Flowers has led K-State in blocks in each of the last five matches, including this past Wednesday when she had four.
The Chanute, Kansas native is the first freshman to lead the Wildcats in blocks in five straight matches since 1998.
Flowers is fourth in the Big 12 with 1.24 blocks/set in conference-only matches.

RPI RANKINGS
Entering the final week of the regular season, K-State is ranked No. 44 in the NCAA RPI rank-ings.
It is K-State’s highest RPI ranking of the year as it has climbed 16 spots since October 19 when it was No. 60.
The Big 12 is No. 2 in the RPI among conferences as six of the nine teams are in the top-50 and two in the top-10.
K-State is 3-9 against the RPI’s top-50 (14-1 against No. 51+) and 6-10 vs. top-100.
Baylor is No. 49.

BAYLOR SERIES
K-State leads the all-time series against Baylor, 27-13.
The Wildcats won the first meeting of the season, a sweep in Manhattan on September 26.
K-State has won two straight against Baylor and three of the last four.
Since 2011, the Wildcats are 6-3 vs. Baylor.
K-State came back from a 2-0 set deficit in last year’s meeting in Waco on November 15, trumping Baylor in five sets to interrupt a stretch of four Wildcat losses in five contests in the Ferrell Center.
From 2009-13, K-State was 1-4 at Baylor.
The Wildcats are 11-8 all-time in Waco.