Notes: Wildcats Look to Knock Off No. 2 Texas in Bramlage Coliseum

MATCH PREVIEW
OCT 21, 6 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS

2
TEXAS
LONGHORNS
16-1 (6-0 Big 12)

NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
11-7 (3-3 Big 12)

ESPNU/ESPN3
KMAN (93.3 FM/1350 AM)

AT A GLANCE
Following its first win at Oklahoma since 2008, K-State will take on No. 2 Texas in Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday, October 21 starting at 6 p.m.
K-State has won its last two matches, a home sweep of West Virginia on October 10 before its first straight-set victory in Norman since 2005 last Friday.
Texas has won 12 consecutive matches, dropping just four sets over the stretch.
K-State is a perfect 5-0 at home this year (15-1 in sets).
Wednesday is K-State’s third home match over the last 46 days while it is Texas’ fourth true road match this season.
K-State has lost 23 straight matches against Texas.

HITTING 300
K-State turned in a team attack percentage of .366 last Friday against Oklahoma, which was the sixth time this year the Wildcats hit .300 or higher in a match.
Two of those .300+ efforts have come in Big 12 play (.388 vs. Baylor on Sept. 26).
The half-dozen .300+ hitting efficiencies are the most for K-State in a season since 2012 when it had 10.
The .366 hitting percentage last Friday was also K-State’s highest in a conference road match since 2007 when the Wildcats had a .397 clip (62k-16e-116att) at Texas Tech in a 3-0 win on Oct. 31.
K-State is third among Big 12 teams with a .255 hitting percentage in overall matches.

HEATING UP
One of the key components to K-State’s best hitting percentage in a Big 12 road match since 2007 last Friday was sophomore Bryna Vogel, who hit a career-best .625 and tallied 11 kills.
Vogel’s .625 hitting percentage (11k-1e-16att) was the best by a K-State outside hitter since 2005 (min. 10 kills) when Sandy Werner hit .737 vs. Texas A&M (14 kills) on Oct. 1.
It was the third time in the last five matches that Vogel hit .333 or higher.
Over that five-match stretch, the Clearwater, Kansas native is hitting .320 as she has just eight errors on 100 swings.
She is also averaging 2.35 kills/set since Sept. 26 (40 kills/17 sets).
The .625 clip at Oklahoma surpassed her previous career-high of .600 set earlier this season against Green Bay (7k-1e-10att).

RHINO ATTACK
Another piece to the hitting efficiency last Friday was middle blocker Katie Reininger, who had nine kills with a .571 clip (1e-14att).
Reininger (.310) trails setter Katie Brand (.373) for the team lead in hitting percentage this season.
Among Big 12 attackers with at least 3.0 attacks per set, Reininger is 11th in the conference in overall matches.
Reininger has hit .333 or higher in 11 matches this season, with K-State holding a 10-1 record in those contests.
Reininger has also hit .400 or higher 13 times in her career, with six of those efforts being registered this year.

KEEPING IT CLEAN
K-State had just nine attack errors over the three sets in last Friday’s win at Oklahoma, making it the fourth time this year the Wildcats had fewer than 10 attack errors in a match.
Last season, K-State had just one match in which it hit into fewer than 10 attacking errors.
This season’s four are K-State’s fewest since 2012 (4).
All of the Wildcats’ wins this season have been when they record fewer than 20 attacking errors.

OFFENSIVE AT HOME
In five home matches this season, K-State is averaging 15.94 kills on a .311 hitting percentage (255k-71e-591att).
In road/neutral matches, the Wildcats average two kills/set less (13.92) while hitting at a .238 clip (724k-258e-1962att).
Opponents are hitting .194 in Manhattan.

STIFLING D
Helping out the K-State offense has been its defense over the last three matches as the Wildcats have limited their opponents to an attack percentage lower than .200 in each contest.
It is the first time K-State has restricted its opponents to a hitting percentage of less than .200 in three straight matches since Oct. 4-15, 2014.
The Wildcats are fourth in the Big 12 with a hitting percentage against of .207 in conference-only matches.

FRONT AND BACK
K-State’s work at the net and on the back row has combined to hold the Wildcats’ opponents to a .171 hitting percentage over the last three matches.
Over the span, K-State is averaging 2.67 blocks/set (24.0 blocks/9 sets), up from its average of 2.0 over the first 15 contests of the season.
Katie Reininger is pacing the Wildcats with 1.22 blocks per set over the stretch while Macy Flowers and Katie Brand are tied for second with 1.0/set.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats are averaging 15.89 digs/set, with Brooke Sassin (3.44), Bryna Vogel (3.44), Kersten Kober (3.0), and Brand (2.67) leading the way.
In both overall and conference-only matches, K-State is second in the Big 12 with 16.53 and 16.43 digs per set, respectively.

THE KOBER REPORT
Libero Kersten Kober has been an integral part to the K-State defense as she is third in the Big 12 with 4.95 digs/set in conference-only matches.
Kober is 17th in K-State history with 917 career digs and is two shy of matching Kate DeClerk for 16th on the list.
The Southlake, Texas native needs nine more digs to become the sixth Wildcat over the last 15 years with back-to-back 300-dig seasons (first since 2012).

PERFECT IN BRAMLAGE
Away from its normal home of Ahearn Field House, K-State has proven tough to beat in Bramlage Coliseum as the Wildcats are 11-0 all-time in the arena.
Wednesday will be the eighth time over the last two years that K-State will play in Bramlage Coliseum.
The Wildcats have only played two previous Big 12 matches in Bramlage: vs. Iowa State in 2005 (W, 3-0) and vs. West Virginia this season on Oct. 10 (W, 3-0).
The Wildcats are 33-1 in sets in Bramlage.
The first time K-State played in Bramlage was in 2003.

AGAINST THE TOP-25
K-State has dropped five straight matches against teams ranked in the AVCA Coaches Top-25 Poll.
The Wildcats’ last win against a ranked opponent was November 30, 2013 vs. No. 25 Iowa State in Manhattan.
K-State’s last win against a top-five team was December 2, 2011 at No. 2 Nebraska in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

RPI RANKINGS
Despite last week’s road win at Oklahoma, K-State slid two spots to No. 60 in this week’s RPI rankings.
The Wildcats have played seven opponents ranked in this week’s top-50 so far, including four from out of the Big 12: KU (No. 8), Wisconsin (15), Iowa State (21), Creighton (23), Baylor (30), Arkansas (36), and Miami (47).
K-State is 1-6 against the RPI’s top-50.
Texas is No. 6 in this week’s rankings.

TEXAS SERIES
K-State trails in the all-time series against Texas, 7-33.
The Wildcats have lost 23 consecutive matches to the Longhorns, including 11 straight in Manhattan.
K-State’s last win over Texas was on October 15, 2003 in Ahearn Field House, when the Wildcats overcame a 0-1 and 1-2 set deficit to win in five sets.
Since K-State won six straight from 1999-2001, the Wildcats have lost 25 of the last 26 meetings against the Longhorns.
K-State is 4-15 all-time against Texas at home.
The Wildcats have been swept in each of the last six matches in Manhattan.