Notes: Wildcats Start Second Half of Big 12 Slate at West Virginia
Notes: Wildcats Start Second Half of Big 12 Slate at West Virginia
OCT 28, 6 PM ET
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AT A GLANCE
• K-State opens the second half of its Big 12 schedule with a road match - its fifth over its last seven contests - at West Virginia on Wednesday, October 28 at 6 pm ET/5 pm CT.
• The Wildcats will arrive in Morgantown having won three of their last four matches, a stretch that started with a sweep of the Mountaineers in Manhattan on October 10.
• West Virginia enters Wednesday wedged in a nine-match losing streak, a span that began on September 19 vs. Murray State (L, 1-3).
• K-State has won back-to-back matches on the road and is 7-7 away from Manhattan this year.
• The Mountaineers are 1-6 at home, with the one win coming on September 15 vs. Marshall.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• For the second time in her career, Katie Brand was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
• The setter was the only player for the period ending October 25 to rank in the Big 12’s top-10 for both digs (3rd, 4.83) and blocks (T-5th, 1.33) per set.
• Brand had 15 digs and three blocks against No. 2 Texas, and then had 14 digs and five blocks at Texas Tech.
• The redshirt junior picked up her first career Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week award on October 13, 2014.
• She has garnered three overall Big 12 weekly awards in her career as she was named the top rookie on September 16, 2013.
• Brand is the second Wildcat this season to be named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week as junior libero Kersten Kober earned the honor on October 5.
• While Katie Brand stood out for her defensive efforts last week, the redshirt junior moved closer to climbing another spot on K-State’s career assists list as well.
• Brand, who had 64 assists in last week’s two matches, enters Wednesday four helpers shy of tying Renee Whitney (1983-86) for sixth on K-State’s all-time list.
• Brand has needed 295 sets so far to reach 3,150 sets while Whitney played in 337 sets to reach her career total of 3,154.
• Brand is averaging 11.08 assists/set this season, which is the second-best clip in the Big 12 and 26th in Division I.
• Katie Brand has also moved up another all-time K-State list as she notched her 44th career double-double last weekend at Texas Tech (41 assists, 14 digs).
• Brand is tied with Liz Wegner (1998-2001) for fourth on the K-State career double-doubles list.
• Next up for Brand is third-place Shawnee Call, who had 46 double-doubles from 1985-88.
• Brand’s 13 double-doubles this season are the most in the Big 12.
• She has a double-double in each of her last two matches and in 31 of her last 45 career matches.
LIMITING THE ATTACK
• K-State’s defense has been a key piece to the Wildcats’ recent stretch as it has held its opponents to a sub-.200 hitting percentage in four of the last five matches.
• Since October 7, opponents are hitting .187 (198k-91e-571att).
• In the Wildcats’ last three wins, teams are hitting .170 (114k-60e-317att).
• Those three wins are against West Virginia (.194), Oklahoma (.135) and Texas Tech (.178).
• In conference-only matches this season, the Wildcats are fourth in the Big 12 with a .208 opponent hitting efficiency.
• K-State’s block has stepped over the last three contests as the Wildcats are averaging 3.33 blocks/set (30.0/9 sets).
• K-State has double-digit blocks in two of the last three matches, after having just two such efforts in the first 17 matches.
BACK ROW DEFENSE
• In addition to the play at the net, K-State’s back row has contributed to the stout defense as the Wildcats enter Wednesday first among Big 12 teams in overall contests in digs/set (16.55) and second in conference-only (16.52).
• The Wildcats are also 31st in Division I in digs/set.
• K-State has out-dug its opponent 13 times this year (11-2 record), including in three of the last four matches.
• Last Saturday at Texas Tech was the fourth time this year that the Wildcats had 50 or more digs in a three-set match (five times in 2014).
TRIO OF DIGS
• Helping K-State rank at the top of Big 12 teams in digs/set are three Wildcats: Kersten Kober, Katie Brand and Bryna Vogel.
• Kober is fourth in overall and 3rd in conference-only matches while Brand is 9th/7th and Vogel is 10th/9th.
• The Wildcats are the only Big 12 team to have three different players not only rank among the conference’s top-10 in digs/set for overall matches but conference-only contests as well.
• No other Big 12 team has more than one player in the top-10 of either set of matches.
• The combination of Kober’s, Brand’s and Vogel’s digs/set in conference-only matches (10.67) would rank ninth among Big 12 teams.
BLOCKS ON BLOCKS
• Macy Flowers is only six matches into her K-State career, but the freshman middle blocker has made a name for herself as she enters Wednesday fifth in the Big 12 with 1.15 blocks/set in conference-only matches.
• Since October 3 at TCU, when Flowers made her K-State debut, she leads all Wildcats with 23 blocks.
• Flowers had five blocks last Saturday against Texas Tech, giving her three straight matches with at least five stuffs.
• She is the first Wildcat freshman to have five or more blocks in three straight matches since Megan Kroeker did it in four straight matches in 2005.
• Flowers had a career-high six blocks against No. 2 Texas last Wednesday as her 11 blocks were the most among Big 12 players over last week.
• In Flowers’ first career match against West Virginia, she had two blocks but hit .636 to help her total eight kills.
• Katie Reininger went off against Texas Tech last Saturday as the middle blocker finished with 12 kills on a .440 clip.
• The redshirt junior has hit .400 or higher seven times this season, including twice in the last three matches (hitting .418 with 3.0 kills/set over the stretch).
• When Reininger has hit .333+ this year, K-State holds an 11-1 record.
• She is second on K-State in kills (201).
• After a 1-1 week, K-State moved up five spots in this week’s RPI rankings, checking in at No. 55.
• The Wildcats have played eight opponents ranked in this week’s top-50 so far, including four from outside of the Big 12: Texas (No. 3), KU (9), Wisconsin (11), Iowa State (21), Creighton (26), Miami (37), Baylor (39), and Arkansas (41).
• K-State is 1-7 against the RPI’s top-50.
• West Virginia is No. 166 in this week’s rankings.
• The Wildcats are 9-0 against teams ranked 101 or higher in the RPI.
WEST VIRGINIA SERIES
• The Wildcats lead the all-time series against the Mountaineers, 5-2.
• K-State swept the first meeting of the season on October 10 in Manhattan (25-20, 25-20, 25-23).
• The Wildcats are 2-1 all-time in Morgantown, winning the last matchup, 3-2, on October 25, 2014.
• Four of K-State’s five wins are sweeps.
• Last year, both meetings were decided in five sets.
• The two sides split the season series in 2013 and 2014 while K-State won the set in 2012.