Notes: Cats Square Off against South Dakota St.

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Match #11 (Home #5)
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Ahearn Field House
South Dakota State (4-7)
Tuesday, Sept. 16 - 6 p.m.
Series: K-State leads, 3-0
TV: FOX College Sports-Central (PBP: Brian Smoller; Analyst: Liz Wegner-Busch)
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP: Rob Voelker)
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• K-State will finish out its non-conference home schedule for the 2014 regular season with a 6 pm match on Tuesday, September 16 against South Dakota State.
• The Wildcats are riding a seven-match winning streak, and they are carrying a 4-0 home record.
• South Dakota State, which is 4-7 on the year, has lost six of its last seven matches.
• The meeting between the two programs will be the first since 2011 and first in Manhattan since 2005.
• K-State is out to a 9-1 start this season, making it the third straight season in which the Wildcats have won at least nine of its first 10 matches in a season.
• The Wildcats were 10-0 to begin the 2012 campaign while last year, K-State went 9-1 in its first 10 matches.
• This year is the fifth time under head coach Suzie Fritz that the Wildcats opened a year winning at least nine of its first 10 matches.
• Overall, K-State has jumped out to a 9-1 start in eight different seasons in program history.
• K-State enters Tuesday in the midst of a seven-match winning streak, its longest winning streak since Aug. 30-Sept. 10, 2013 (7).
• In the last seven matches, K-State has won 21 of the 25 sets played.
• This is the fourth straight season in which K-State has won at least seven matches in a row at one point.
• Since 2011, K-State's longest winning streak was 12 matches, from Aug. 24-Sept. 15, 2012.
• After leading all Big 12 freshmen and ranking second among all conference players in kills and points per set last week, freshman Kylee Zumach was named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week for the second week in row for the period ending Sept. 14.
• Zumach averaged 3.88 kills and 4.41 points per set last week, helping lead K-State to a 4-0 record in its matches.
• Zumach had 23 kills on Sept. 12 vs. Marshall, the most kills by a Big 12 player this season.
• Zumach's 23 kills were also the most by a Wildcat since Oct. 5, 2013 (Kaitlynn Pelger, 23).
• Zumach is the first Wildcat to earn Big 12 player of the week awards in consecutive weeks since 2011 (Sept. 19 & 26, Pelger).
• She is also just the third Wildcat in the Big 12-era to earn back-to-back player of the week awards from the conference (Angie Lastra, Nov. 5 & 12, 2007).
• In 16 sets last week, Zumach had 62 kills, a .298 hitting percentage, 13 digs and 12 blocks.
Kylee Zumach leads all Wildcats with 119 kills and 133.5 points this season.
• The outside hitter became the fastest freshman Wildcat to record 100 kills in a season (nine matches) since Cari Jensen reached the century mark in eight matches during the 2000 season.
• She has seven matches this season in which she totaled 10 or more kills, including double-digit kills in six of her last seven matches.
• Zumach enters the week third among Big 12 players with an average of 3.50 kills per set.
• Not to be outdone, fellow outside hitter Brooke Sassin enters this week on fire like Zumach.
• Over the last three matches, Sassin leads all Wildcats with 49 kills and a 4.45 kills per set average.
• The sophomore averaged 3.75 kills per set in last week's four matches, which placed her right behind Zumach in third in the Big 12's top 10.
• Sassin was also third - while Zumach was second - in points per set (4.28) for last week.
• Sassin has double-digit kills in each of her last four matches, with 14 or more kills in the last three matches.
• K-State continued to receive votes in the latest AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll, checking in with 23 points.
• The 23 points are up from last week's 13, with last week being the first time this season K-State received points in the weekly poll.
• The Wildcats are one of five Big 12 teams at least receiving votes as Texas is No. 2 and Kansas is No. 24 while Oklahoma and Iowa State received 19 and 14 points, respectively.
• K-State enters Tuesday in the midst of a 16-match winning streak in non-conference home contests.
• The winning streak started with a five-set win against Drake on Sept. 12, 2011.
• Since that match, K-State has swept 12 of the last 15 non-conference opponents at home.
• The Wildcats have not lost a home non-conference match since Sept. 2, 2011 vs. BYU.
• Since 2010, K-State has won 23 of the last 24 home non-conference matches.
• If an active overall winning streak and non-conference home winning streak aren't enough, K-State also enters Tuesday with an eight-match home winning streak.
• The Wildcats ended the 2013 season with four straight home wins, two of which were against ranked conference foes, while they have started this season by winning four straight home contests.
• The current home winning streak is the longest since the Wildcats won 14 straight matches from Oct. 26, 2011-Oct. 3, 2012.
• K-State's offense is much more effective this season, with averages and hitting percentage up from last season through the first 10 matches.
• This season, the Wildcats are averaging 13.74 kills per set (4th in the Big 12). In 2013, K-State had 12.62 kills per set through the first 10 matches.
• Over the same number of matches, K-State is hitting .253 this season (5th in the Big 12) while last year it was hitting .203.
• Last season, K-State hit .300 or higher in two matches. This season, it has already hit over .300 in three matches. 
• Also, K-State has hit .250 or higher in six matches this season, compared to last year's eight matches for the entire campaign.
• One of the key contributors to this year's improved offense is redshirt senior middle blocker Natali Jones and her .321 attack percentage.
• Jones has hit .364 or higher in more than half (6) of her 10 matches played this season.
• During the Saluki Invitational, Jones hit .438 in the first match against Marshall (8k-1e-16att) while she followed that up by hitting .714 (5k-0e-7att) in the next match at SIU.
• Jones leads all Wildcats in hitting percentage while she is also averaging 1.68 kills per set and 1.21 blocks per set.
• Sophomore Kersten Kober has double-digit digs in five straight matches entering Tuesday, totaling 79 over the stretch (4.16 digs per set).
• Kober had a career-high 21 digs on Sept. 12 vs. Marshall, the most digs by a Wildcat since Tristan McCarty had 23 on Oct. 23, 2013 vs. Baylor.
• Kober leads K-State and is eighth in the Big 12 with 3.62 digs per set this season.
• Redshirt sophomore Katie Brand has 40 or more assists in each of the last five matches and in six of the 10 matches this season.
• Brand is averaging 11.44 assists per set this season, which is the second-best average in the Big 12 and 18th-best in NCAA Division I.
• Over the last three matches, Brand is averaging 13.55 assists per set (149 assists/11 sets).
• Brand had 57 assists in the four-set win vs. Marshall on Sept. 12, which were her most ever in a four-set match and two shy of matching her overall career-high.
• The 57 assists by Brand were the most by a Wildcat in a four-set match since Sept. 29, 2012 (Caitlyn Donahue, 57).
• K-State leads the all-time series against South Dakota State, 3-0.
• The Wildcats won the last meeting, 3-0, on Sept. 10, 2011 in Springfield, Missouri.
• In the last meeting in Manhattan, K-State swept the Jackrabbits on Sept. 21, 2005.
• The first meeting between the two programs took place in Lincoln, Nebraska on Nov. 21, 1974 when the Wildcats won, 2-1.
• K-State is 2-0 against Summit League opponents this season.