Notes: Wildcats End Regular Season at Baylor
Notes: Wildcats End Regular Season at Baylor
NOV 28, 7 PM
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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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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).
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.