Notes: Season Begins in Green Bay

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Matches #1-3
K-State at the Green Bay Country Inn & Suites Tournament
Friday, August 29 - Saturday, August 30
Location: Green Bay, Wisc.
Arena: Kress Events Center

Green Bay (Road Match #1)
Friday, August 29 - 7 pm
Series: First Meeting
TV: None
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Rob Voelker)
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South Dakota (Neutral Match #1)
Saturday, August 30 - 10 am
Series: K-State leads, 3-0
TV: None
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Rob Voelker)
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Arizona (Neutral Match #2)
Saturday, August 30 - 4:30 pm
Series: Arizona leads, 2-0
TV: None
Radio: None
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• Redshirt sophomore Katie Brand was named to the Big 12 Preseason Team as one of two setters
• K-State was picked fifth in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll
• The Wildcats feature nine newcomers, 14 underclassmen and five seniors
• K-State has 11 players with Division I experience, including seven returners and four transfers
• The Wildcats are 25-1 (.962) in non-conference regular season matches over the last two years

• K-State opens its 2014 season with the Green Bay Country Inn & Suites Tournament hosted by Green Bay from Aug. 29-30.
• The Wildcats, which return seven letterwinners and feature nine newcomers, are coming off an 18-11 season, including a fifth-place finish in the Big 12 Conference with a 6-10 mark.
• Key returnees for the Wildcats include redshirt sophomore setter Katie Brand, seniors Chelsea Keating (outside hitter) and Taylor Johnson (middle blocker), and sophomore DS/libero Kersten Kober.

• Redshirt sophomore Katie Brand earned preseason honors from the Big 12 Conference coaches for the second year in a row as she was named to the 2014 Big 12 Preseason Team in August.
• The setter, who earned Big 12 Preseason Co-Freshman of the Year honors in 2013, was the lone Wildcat recognized on this year's preseason team.
• She was one of two setters selected, joined by Oklahoma's Julia Doyle, as well as one of three sophomores honored.
• Brand averaged 10.24 assists as a freshman, making her the first Big 12 freshman to average more than 10 assists since 2010, and she was named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team.
• She also led all Big 12 setters in kills, blocks and points.
• Brand is the first K-State sophomore to be voted to the conference's preseason team since 2011 when Kaitlynn Pelger was tabbed to the team.

• K-State was voted to finish fifth in the Big 12 this upcoming season in the Big 12 Preseason Poll.
• The Wildcats, who have been picked to finish fifth or higher in each of the last three seasons, finished the 2013 season fifth in the conference with a 6-10 record after being picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll.
• The last time K-State was picked to finish lower than fourth was 2011 when the Wildcats were voted to finish eighth. That season, K-State finished fourth in the Big 12 with a 9-7 conference record and advanced to the NCAA Regional Semifinals.

• K-State's 2014 squad will welcome back seven letterwinners from last year's 18-11 team, including four seniors, one junior and two sophomores.
• The seven returners are the Wildcats' fewest since 2010 when K-State returned six letterwinners. The Wildcats went 12-19 (6-14 Big 12) in 2010, a year after going 12-18 (6-14 Big 12).
• In 2008, K-State had eight returners, reaching the NCAA Tournament First Round, and in 2007, K-State went 23-9 (14-6 Big 12) after returning seven letterwinners.
• From 2011-13, K-State had 10 or more returning letterwinners each season.

• Considered the "quarterback" position on the volleyball court, K-State has fared well when its starting setter from the previous season returns the following year. Katie Brand, who played in every set last season as a redshirt freshman, returns to K-State at the setter position in 2014.
• Under head coach Suzie Fritz, K-State has had its previous season's starting setter return the following season eight times. In those eight seasons, the Wildcats average 20.1 wins while reaching the NCAA Tournament six times.

• On the flip side of returning seven letterwinners, K-State has 14 combined freshmen and sophomores on its roster.
• The 14 underclassmen, which includes nine freshmen and five sophomores, are the Wildcats' most since 2010.
• Since head coach Suzie Fritz took over the K-State program in 2001, K-State has featured four teams with a double-digit number of freshmen and sophomores: 2004 (11; 20-11 record), 2005 (11; 21-11), 2010 (15; 12-19), and 2011 (10; 22-11).

• Taylor Johnson, who opened her 2013 season being selected to the UNLV Invitational All-Tournament Team, led K-State with 116 blocks last season and averaged 1.23 blocks per set in overall matches, the fourth-best mark in the Big 12.
• Entering last season, Johnson had 52 career blocks and a career average of 0.88 blocks pet.

• Led by Johnson, K-State was one of the Big 12's top blocking teams in 2013.
• The Wildcats averaged 2.76 blocks per set in overall matches, which was the second-highest average among Big 12 teams, trailing Texas' 3.05 blocks per set.
• K-State's 2.76 blocks were also its highest in a season since 2009 when it averaged 3.0 blocks.
• The Wildcats have been among the Big 12 leaders in team blocks per set several times under head coach Suzie Fritz and associate head coach/defensive coach Jeff Grove, including in the conference's top three in three of the last four seasons.

• Kersten Kober finished the 2013 season with 213 digs, a mark few K-State freshman defensive specialists/liberos have crossed before.
• The Southlake, Texas native became the third freshman DS/libero in program history to have 200 or more digs in a season and first since 2004 (Angie Lastra, 493).
• Last season, Kober and Katie Brand were the first freshman Wildcats to have 200 digs in a season since Kathleen Ludwig and Caitlyn Donahue crossed the mark in 2009.
• Kober's 213 digs last season are also the second-most among returners in 2014, trailing Brand and her 250 digs.

• K-State has enjoyed great success in non-conference matches during the regular season over the last two years, going 25-1 (.962) since 2012.
• The Wildcats were 13-0 against non-conference opponents during the 2012 regular season (they did lose their NCAA Tournament match against Northern Iowa) while last year, they were 12-1 with the help of a 7-0 start.
• Over the last three regular seasons, K-State still holds an impressive non-conference record, going 36-4 (.900).
• Of the 36 wins, 21 have been sweeps. • Since 2001, under head coach Suzie Fritz, K-State is 107-30 (.781) against non-conference opponents in the regular season.

• K-State is 26-14 all-time in season openers.
• The Wildcats have won their last two season openers but lost three of their last five.
• Under Fritz, K-State is 7-6 in season openers.
• Also under Fritz, the Wildcats are 20-14 in season-opening tournaments.

• K-State did not drop a single five-set match in 2013, going 5-0 in such contests.
• The Wildcats have won 11 straight five-set matches, dating back to when the streak started on November 5, 2011 vs. Texas A&M.
• Since the start of the 2011 season, K-State has won 16 of its last 17 five-set matches, with the only loss occurring on Oct. 29, 2011 at Baylor.
• The Wildcats have also not dropped a five-set match at home since September 12, 2009 vs. Purdue, winning 11 straight five-set matches at home.

• K-State has never faced Green Bay.
• The Wildcats are 5-2 all-time against Horizon League opponents.
• K-State's last meeting against a Horizon League opponent was in 2012 when it beat Oakland in Manhattan, 3-0.

• K-State has never lost to South Dakota, holding a 3-0 advantage in the all-time series.
• All three previous meetings have taken place in Manhattan.
• The last two wins have been in four sets, with the last being on Sept. 1, 2010 (22-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-19).

• K-State has lost both of its previous meetings against Arizona, trailing in the series 2-0.
• The two programs, however, have not met in 27 years.
• Arizona won the last meeting 3-0 (15-3, 15-2, 15-11) on Sept. 11, 1987 in Fort Collins, Colo.
• The Wildcats have beaten two of the last three Pac-12 opponents it has faced, including wins at #23 Cal in 2013 and versus Oregon State in Manhattan in 2012.