Notes: K-State Opens Big 12 Play vs. Baylor
Notes: K-State Opens Big 12 Play vs. Baylor
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Ahearn Field House
Baylor (Home #6)
Saturday, Sept. 27 - 7 p.m.
Series: K-State leads, 25-12
Last Meeting: K-State won, 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-17), on Nov. 20, 2013
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN
Online Audio: www.k-statesports.com, www.1350kman.com
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AT A GLANCE
• K-State, after a 13-1 record against nonconference opponents to start the season, will open the Big 12 portion of its schedule this Saturday, September 27, against Baylor in Ahearn Field House.
• The Wildcats have not opened their Big 12 schedule at home since 2011 when they also faced Baylor (W, 3-0, Sept. 24).
• The 2011 match was also the last time K-State won a Big 12 opener.
• Baylor enters Saturday with a 9-5 record, but the Bears had their five-match winning streak snapped last weekend and have lost three straight matches entering this weekend.
OUT OF THE GATES
• K-State holds a 13-1 record to begin the season, which is tied for the second-best start in program history.
• The Wildcats' .929 winning percentage this season ties 2012 (13-1) and 1996 (13-1) for the second-best start in the first 14 matches of a season.
• The best start to a season for K-State was set in 1977 when it went 13-0-1 in its first 14 matches and finished the season 49-18-1 (it did not lose its first match until the 20th match of the season).
• The 2012 team eventually went 14-1 in its first 15 matches while the 1996 went 13-2.
• Fueling the hot start for the Wildcats is their current 11-match winning streak.
• The streak, which started on Sept. 4 vs. Arkansas, is the longest for K-State since it won 12 straight matches from Aug. 24-Sept. 15, 2012.
• The active winning streak is the fifth-longest under head coach Suzie Fritz.
STREAKING AT HOME
• K-State enters Saturday not only riding its active overall winning streak of 11 matches, but it is also in the midst of a nine-match winning streak at home.
• The Wildcats are 5-0 this season in Manhattan, which picks up where they left off the 2013 season, winning four straight in Ahearn Field House.
• The winning streak started on Nov. 3, 2013 vs. #25 Oklahoma (3-0).
• The nine-match home winning streak is the longest for the Wildcats since they won 14 straight home matches between Oct. 26, 2011 and Oct. 3, 2012.
• Since the start of the 2011 season, K-State is 37-8 (.822) at home, including a 17-7 (.708) record against Big 12 opponents.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK ON REPEAT
• Outside hitter Kylee Zumach was named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week for the period ending Sept. 21, making her a recipient of the award for the third consecutive week.
• Zumach became the first Wildcat in program history to garner a Big 12 weekly award in three straight weeks.
• Zumach shared last week's Big 12 Rookie of the Week honor with Lauren Douglass of Texas Tech.
• Zumach had 61 kills, 13 digs and nine blocks in last week's four matches.
• She was sixth and eighth, respectively, among all Big 12 players in kills and points per set.
DROPPING THE HAMMER
• Kylee Zumach's Rookie of the Week was due in part to the outside hitter's 25 kills against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 19, which were the most kills by a Big 12 player this season.
• Zumach's 25 kills are the most ever by a K-State freshman and most overall by a Wildcat since Lilla Porubek had 26 kills on Nov. 23, 2011 vs. Kansas.
• Last week, Zumach had 61 kills in four matches (3.81/set), helping her lead the Wildcats with 180 kills this season.
• Zumach is fourth among Big 12 players with 3.60 kills/set this season.
• Zumach has two matches this season with 20+ kills and 11 matches with 10+ kills, including 10+ kills in each of the last five matches.
IN THE POLLS
• K-State received votes in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll for the third straight week, checking in with 48 points.
• The 48 points, which are the 27th-most in this week's poll, are up from last week's 23.
• The Wildcats are one of five Big 12 teams at least receiving votes as Texas is No. 2 and Kansas is No. 23 while Iowa State and Oklahoma received 14 and 4 points, respectively.
BLOCK IT UP
• K-State is not only one of the top blocking teams in the Big 12 - it is second to Texas (3.19) in blocks/set - but it is also among the nation's top 10.
• The Wildcats are 10th in NCAA Division I with their 2.99 blocks/set while their 251 total blocks are the second most in the nation (Texas-Arlington, 271), entering the week.
• K-State has double-digit blocks in seven of its 14 matches so far this season, including in each of the last two contests.
• One of the seven matches in which K-State had double-digit blocks was when it had 23.5 blocks at Michigan on Sept. 19.
• The 23.5 blocks are a school-record for a four-set match and fell just 1.5 blocks short of matching the all-time school record for all matches (25.0, Nov. 1, 2006 at Colorado).
• Helping the Wildcats reach the team record were contributions from Katie Reinigner (13 total blocks), Katie Brand (11) and Natali Jones (10).
• It was the first time K-State had three players with 10 or more blocks in a single match in program history.
• The block totals for each player were also career-highs, with Reininger's 13 blocks the most by a Wildcat since Kaitlynn Pelger had 14 on Sept. 8, 2011 at Missouri State.
• K-State lost the first set of all three matches during the Michigan Invitational last weekend, but the Wildcats came back to win each match.
• The Wildcats are 4-1 this season when dropping the first set.
• Last season, K-State went 4-9 when it lost the first set while it is 18-26 (.409) in such matches since the start of the 2011 season.
FIGHTING FOR FIVE
• K-State fought off Eastern Michigan in five sets last week to improve to 2-0 in five-set matches this season.
• K-State has won 13 straight five-set matches.
• The Wildcats have not lost a five-set match since Oct. 29, 2011 at Baylor.
• K-State has won 21 of its last 22 five-set matches, dating back to Sept. 28, 2010.
• Katie Brand, with 571 assists in 50 sets this season, enters this weekend first among Big 12 players with 11.42 assists/set.
• Brand also entered this week 12th in the nation in assists per set.
• Last weekend, Brand had a career-high 62 assists in the five-set win vs. Eastern Michigan, which were the most assists by a Wildcat since Caitlyn Donahue had 65 assists vs. #2 Nebraska on Dec. 2, 2011.
• Brand is averaging 12.26 assists/set over the last 7 matches.
• She has also helped the Wildcats hit .250 or higher in nine of the 14 matches this season, including .268 or higher in the last three matches (.258 for the entire season).
PLAYING ALL SIX
• Playing all six rotations this season, redshirt senior Chelsea Keating has already been able to establish a career-high in digs (116) and aces (17) through the first part of the campaign.
• Entering this year, Keating had 8 career aces and 86 career digs, 66 of which were recorded in 2013.
• Keating, who also has 100 kills and 37 blocks this season, is the only Big 12 player averaging more than 2.0 kills/set, 2.0 digs/set, 0.3 aces/set and 0.7 blocks/set.
• She is already the first K-State outside hitter with at least 100 kills, 100 digs, 15 aces and 35 blocks in a season since Kathleen Ludwig (202k, 136d, 21sa, 64b) in 2012.
• Kersten Kober, with her 31 digs on Sept. 19 vs. Eastern Michigan, became the first Wildcat to enter the 30-dig club in nearly three years.
• Kober's 31 digs are the first time a Wildcat had at least 30 digs in a match since Kuulei Kabalis on Oct. 29, 2011 at Baylor.
• The 31 digs were also the most by a Wildcat since Lauren Mathewson set the school record of 41 digs on Nov. 4, 2009 vs. Texas A&M.
• Kober's 31 digs are tied for the second-most in program history by an underclassman Wildcat (Most: Angie Lastra, 36, Sept. 10, 2004 at Minnnesota).
• Kober is eighth among Big 12 players with 3.74 digs/set this season, but she is averaging 4.26 digs over the last 7 matches.
• K-State leads the all-time series against Baylor, 25-12.
• The Wildcats have won four of the last six meetings against the Bears, including a 1-1 record in 2013.
• K-State is 15-4 all-time against Baylor at home, winning three-straight in the series, and it has not lost a home match against the Bears since Nov. 13, 2010 (1-3).
• Head coach Suzie Fritz is 18-8 all-time against Baylor.