Notes: Wildcats Face Bears Back in Ahearn

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Match #7
Monday, September 8 - 5 pm
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Ahearn Field House
 
Missouri State (Home Match #4)
Series: Missouri State leads, 13-8
TV: Cox Channel Kansas (PBP - Brian Smoller; Color - Liz Wegner-Busch)
Cox Communications Channel 22 and 2022 in Kansas
Time Warner Cable Sports Channel 2, 324 in Kansas City TV market
Online: K-StateHD.TV
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Rob Voelker)
Online Audio: www.k-statesports.com, www.1350kman.com
 
 
QUICKS
• K-State is coming off a first-place finish in the Varney's Invitational in Bramlage Coliseum
• Freshman Kylee Zumach (36 kills, .377 hitting pct.) was named the Varney's Invitational MVP
Katie Brand and Katie Reininger were named to the Varney's Invitational All-Tournament Team
• The Wildcats have won 15 straight home matches against non-conference opponents
• Dating back to last season, each of K-State's last 10 victories have been sweeps
 
AT A GLANCE
• K-State, coming off a 3-0 performance and first-place finish in its Varney's Invitational, will face the Missouri State Bears on Monday, Sept. 8 at 5 pm.
• The Wildcats and Bears will square off in Ahearn Field House after K-State hosted the Varney's Invitational in Bramlage Coliseum.
• K-State did not drop a set in the Varney's Invitational, sweeping Arkansas, Middle Tennessee and previously undefeated UCF.
• Missouri State arrives in Manhattan having hosted its own tournament in Springfield last weekend, going 3-1.
 
STREAKING BACK TO THE HOUSE
• After making Bramlage Coliseum its temporary home for the Varney's Invitational, K-State will return to its normal home of Ahearn Field House for the remainder of its home schedule.
• Despite the change of venue, K-State continued its winning ways in Manhattan with the Varney's Invitational, winning all three of its matches last weekend.
• K-State has won seven straight overall home matches, dating back to when the streak started on Nov. 3, 2013 vs. Oklahoma.
• Over the seven-match home winning streak, the Wildcats have not lost a set, winning 21 consecutive sets at home. 
 
VS. NON-CONFERENCE AT HOME
• In addition to the seven-match overall home winning streak, K-State is in the midst of a 15-match home winning streak against non-conference opponents.
• K-State has not lost a home match against a non-conference opponent since Sept. 3, 2011 when it fell in three sets vs. BYU.
• Since 2010, the Wildcats are 23-1 against non-conference foes in Manhattan.
• Since 2012, K-State has won 24 of the last 25 and 42 of the last 45 sets against non-conference opponents at home.
• Under head coach Suzie Fritz, K-State is 54-4 (.931) against non-conference opponents in home regular season matches.
 
MISSOURI STATE SERIES
• Missouri State leads the all-time series against K-State, 13-8, but the Wildcats have won six straight matches in the series.
• K-State is 2-0 against Missouri State in Manhattan.
• The Wildcats' current six-match winning streak against the Bears started on August 30, 1996.
• K-State swept Missouri State (25-17, 25-21, 25-17) in Springfield last season on Sept. 22.
• The 2014 season will be the fourth straight season K-State and Missouri State have squared off.
• K-State head coach Suzie Fritz is 4-0 all-time against Missouri State.
 
THREE AND OUT
• All six of K-State's matches this season have been completed in three sets.
• The five straight-set wins for K-State help give it a sweep in its last 10 victories.
• The last time K-State won a match that lasted longer than three sets was Oct. 5, 2013 vs. TCU (5 sets).
• This year is the first time in K-State history that the Wildcats have opened a season with six consecutive three-set matches.
• The previous longest streak of three-set matches to start a season was five set in 1999 (4-1).
 
TENACIOUS D
• The Wildcats held each of its three opponents during the Varney's Invitational to a sub-.200 hitting percentage.
• In the six matches this season, the Wildcats have held five of their opponents to a hitting percentage lower than .200.
• K-State is fifth among Big 12 teams with an opponent hitting percentage of .138 this season.
• During the current seven-match home winning streak, K-State has held its opponents to an attack percentage of .200 or less six times and .100 or less three times.
 
WITH THE ASSIST
• Redshirt sophomore Katie Brand matched her career-high for assists (40) in a three-set match on two occasions last weekend.
• Brand had 40 assists on Sept. 4 against Arkansas and then again 40 on Sept. 6 vs. UCF.
• The setter has now reached the 40-assist mark four times in her career in three-set matches.
• The 113 assists for Brand over last week's three matches give her 199 on the season.
• She is averaging 11.06 assists per set, which is the fourth-best mark among Big 12 players.
 
LAW OF AVERAGES
• K-State, which is hitting .274 on the season, turned in a .429 hitting percentage on Sept. 4 vs. Arkansas.
• The .429 clip was K-State's highest in a three-set match since it hit .500 against Southern Illinois on Sept. 6, 2013.
• The Wildcats hit over .300 in each of the three sets against Arkansas as well as in five of the nine sets it played during the Varney's Invitational.
• This season, the Wildcats have an attack percentage of .300 or higher in eight of its 18 sets played.
• Last season, K-State only hit above .300 twice in its first 18 sets of the year and did not record its eighth set of hitting higher than .300 until its 11th match of the campaign.
 
ON THE OUTSIDE
• A pair of newcomer outside hitters, sophomore Brooke Sassin and freshman Kylee Zumach, currently rank among the Big 12's top 10 in kills per set.
• Zumach is ninth with a team-leading 3.17 kills per set while Sassin is 10th with 3.06 kills.
• In last weekend's three matches, Zumach averaged 4.0 kills per set while Sassin averaged 3.44 kills.
• The duo combined for 67 of the Wildcats' 140 kills (48%) during the Varney's Invitational.
• K-State enters the week as one of only two teams in the Big 12 with more than one player in the kills per set top 10, joining Texas Tech (Jenna Allen, 4th, and Breann David, T-7th).
 
RHINO GUARD
• Redshirt sophomore Katie Reininger broke out in the last two matches of the Varney's Invitational.
• The middle blocker had nine of her 10 blocks from last week in the final two matches, including six on Sept. 5 vs. Middle Tennessee.
• The All-Tournament honoree has set her season-high in blocks at six on two occasions, with the first being on Aug. 30 vs. Arizona.
• Reininger has four or more blocks in four of her six matches this season, helping her rank third among Big 12 players with 1.41 blocks per set.
• She is also averaging 2.71 kills per set.
 
THE BOSS
• On Sept. 4 vs. Arkansas, redshirt senior Chelsea Keating recorded her first career double-double when she had 11 kills and 10 digs.
• The 11 kills matched her career-high while the 10 digs fell one short of also matching her career-high.
• Keating is the first Wildcat not named Katie Brand or Kaitlynn Pelger to register a double-double since Lilla Porubek had 16 kills and 18 digs against Cal Poly on Sept. 13, 2013.
• In 18 sets played this season, Keating has 41 kills and 41 digs.
• She has five or more kills in five of her six matches while she has seven or more digs in four of the six matches.
• Prior to this season, Keating only had one previous career match in which she had more than seven digs (11, 8/31/13 vs. Cal State Full.).
• She had five or more kills in 13 matches last season and 16 in her career entering 2014.
 
AGAINST THE VALLEY
• K-State has won 28 of its last 29 matches against Missouri Valley Conference schools.
 
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
• K-State's roster features 14 underclassmen, nine freshmen and five sophomores, and is its most since it had 15 in 2010. 
• K-State has utilized eight of those 14 underclassmen already this season, with six having played in at least 17 of the possible 18 sets.
• Since head coach Suzie Fritz took over the 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).
 
FIGHTING FOR FIVE
• 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.