Wildcats Head to Southern Illinois for Saluki Invitational

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Match #8-10
Friday, September 12 - Saturday, September 13
Location: Carbondale, Ill.
Arena: Davies Gym
vs. Marshall (3-4)
Friday, Sept. 12 - 11 a.m.
Series: First meeting
TV: None
Radio: None
Online Audio: www.k-statesports.com, www.1350kman.com
at Southern Illinois (2-5)
Friday, Sept. 12 - 7 p.m.
Series: Southern Illinois leads, 2-1
TV: None
Online: www.SIUSalukis.com (subscription required)
Radio: None
Online Audio: www.k-statesports.com, www.1350kman.com
vs. IPFW (5-2)
Saturday, Sept. 13 - 11 a.m.
Series: First meeting
TV: None
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Rob Voelker)
Online Audio: www.k-statesports.com, www.1350kman.com
• K-State enters the Saluki Invitational in Carbondale, Illinois on a four-match winning streak, including a 3-2 win over Missouri State in Manhattan this past Monday.
• The Wildcats will face Marshall, host Southern Illinois and IPFW over the course of two days at the Saluki Invitational.
• The tournament kicks off with the K-State vs. Marshall match on Friday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m.
• The Wildcats have never faced Marshall - or IPFW - in program history.
• K-State hosted Southern Illinois, which is coached by former K-State assistant Justin Ingram, at last year's K-State Invitational, beating the Salukis in straight sets.
• Although K-State won the first two sets of Monday's match against Missouri State, the Wildcats were forced to take the match into five sets before pulling out a victory over the Bears.
• The win was K-State's 12th straight win, dating back to Nov. 5, 2011, in a five-set match.
• Monday's match was the first for K-State that lasted longer than three sets this season and first five-set match for the Wildcats since Oct. 5, 2013 vs. TCU (19 matches ago).
• In 2013, K-State was 5-0 in five-set matches, and in 2012, the Wildcats were 3-0 in five-set contests.
• In 2011, K-State went 8-1 in five-set matches, with the only loss being at Baylor on Oct. 29.
• K-State has won 19 of its last 20 five-set matches, dating back to Nov. 24, 2010.
• The Wildcats have not lost a five-set match at home since Sept. 12, 2009 vs. Purdue.
• Freshman Kylee Zumach, who garnered MVP honors during the Varney's Invitational last weekend, was also named the Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Week on September 8.
• The Buffalo, Minnesota native had double-digit kills and hit over .300 in each of her three matches last week, averaging 4.0 kills per set and hitting .377.
• The outside hitter led all Big 12 freshmen in kills (36) and points (39.0).
• Her 4.0 kills per set and 4.33 points per set were tied for fourth and fourth, respectively, among all Big 12 players for the week.
• Zumach continued her hot streak this past Monday against Missouri State when she totaled a career-high 16 kills and five blocks (four solo blocks) against the Bears.
• The 16 kills help give her four straight matches with 10+ kills, making her the first Wildcat freshman to have kills in at least four consecutive matches since Kaitlynn Pelger did so in five straight matches from Sept. 22-Oct. 6, 2010.
• Over the last four matches, Zumach is averaging 3.71 kills (52 kills, 14 sets) while hitting .322 (52k-15e-115a).
• Zumach enters the weekend ninth among all Big 12 players and first among conference freshmen in kills per set (3.17) this season.
• Zumach's four solo blocks against Missouri State were the most by a Wildcat in a match since Kaitlynn Pelger had six solo blocks (14 total) against Missouri State on Sept. 8, 2011.
• Zumach now leads K-State with six solo blocks, two more than second-place Katie Reininger.
• Zumach only needs two more solo blocks the rest of this season to equal the most solo blocks by an individual in 2013, a mark set at 8 by Pelger and Taylor Johnson.
• Zumach has 15 total blocks this season, the fourth-highest total on K-State.
• K-State, with 14 solo blocks and 102 block assists, is averaging 2.83 blocks per set this season, the second-highest average among Big 12 teams (Texas, 3.15).
• The 14 solo blocks are tied with West Virginia for the most in the conference.
• Monday's 14.0 team blocks against Missouri State are tied for the second-highest total in a match by a Big 12 team this season.
• K-State has recorded 10.0+ blocks in three of its seven matches.
• For the first time this season, K-State received votes in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll.
• The Wildcats received 13 points in the latest rankings, making them one of five Big 12 teams to at least receive votes.
• K-State has at least received votes in a poll in four straight seasons.
Chelsea Keating had two aces on Monday against Missouri State, giving the redshirt senior a team-best eight aces this season.
• She enters the weekend 10th among Big 12 players with 0.35 aces per set.
• Keating has already surpassed her career-high for aces in a season, which was set at seven in 2013.
• Keating entered the 2014 campaign with eight career aces.
• Keating has two or more aces in three matches this season.
• She has four aces in her last four matches.
• Keating tallying eight aces has been helped by the fact that she is playing all six rotations so far this season.
• The Frankfort, Kansas native is averaging 2.22 kills, 2.09 digs and 0.57 blocks to go along with her 0.35 aces per set.
• The outside hitter is tied for third on K-State with 51 kills and fifth in digs with 48.
• She only needs 18 more digs to match her career-high for a season, a mark she set last year with 66.
• In her last match, she had 10 kills, 7 digs, 5 blocks and 2 aces, which was the first time a Wildcat had 10+ kills, 5+ digs, 5+ blocks and 2+ aces since Aug. 31, 2013 (Kaitlynn Pelger, at UNLV).
Katie Brand notched her team-best third double-double on Monday against Missouri State, registering 41 assists and 14 digs.
• Brand has three of K-State's four double-doubles this season.
• All three have been recorded in the last five matches.
• Brand had 11 double-doubles a season ago, when she had four among the first seven matches of the campaign.
Katie Reininger enters the upcoming weekend as the Wildcats' leading blocker with 28 blocks.
• The redshirt sophomore has 4+ blocks in five of her seven matches.
• She is third in the Big 12 with 1.33 blocks per set.
• 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 nine of those 14 underclassmen already this season, with six having played in at least 21 of the possible 23 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).
• Friday's meeting between K-State and Marshall will be the first between the two programs.
• K-State is 1-0 this season against Conference USA opponents, sweeping Middle Tennessee on Sept. 5.
• The Wildcats are 12-1 all-time against current C-USA schools.
• K-State trails in the all-time series against Southern Illinois, 2-1.
• The Wildcats did win the last meeting, which was a three-set victory on Sept. 6, 2013 in Manhattan.
• K-State and SIU have never faced each other in Carbondale.
• SIU won the first two meetings in the series, both at neutral sites: first in 1982 and the second in 1985.
• K-State and IPFW have never met prior to Saturday.
• IPFW will be the second of three opponents K-State will face from the Summit League this season.
• The Wildcats swept the first opponent, South Dakota on Aug. 30.
• K-State will face South Dakota State following the Saluki Invitational on Sept. 16.
• K-State is 21-9 all-time against the Summit League.