Notes: K-State, KU Renew Rivalry in Lawrence

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Match #16
K-State (13-2, 0-1 Big 12) at KU (12-3, 0-1 Big 12)
Location: Lawrence, Kan.
Arena: Horejsi Family Athletics Center
 
KU (Road #4)
Wednesday, Oct. 1 - 6:30 p.m.
Series: K-State leads, 62-45-1
Last Meeting: KU won, 3-1 (19-25, 26-24, 25-14, 25-18) in Lawrence on Nov. 16, 2013
TV: Cox Channel Kansas
Online: ESPN3
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN
Online Audio: Here or www.1350kman.com
 
 
AT A GLANCE
• K-State, coming off a five-set loss to Baylor at home last Saturday that snapped its 11-match winning streak, will hit the road for the first time in Big 12 play this season with a 6:30 pm contest at KU on Oct. 1.
• The Wildcats and Jayhawks feature a combined 25 underclassmen on their rosters, with K-State contributing 14 and KU adding 11 to that number.
• KU fell in its Big 12 opener last Saturday, losing 3-2 at Oklahoma after winning the first two sets.
• Wednesday's matchup will be the 109th meeting between K-State and KU since the first contest on Oct. 4, 1974.
 
STARTING LINE
• Despite last Saturday's loss, K-State is still off to one of its better starts in program history, holding a 13-2 record through the first half of regular season matches.
• The Wildcats' 13-2 start to this season is tied for the third-best start in the program's 41-year history.
• K-State has posted a .867 winning percentage or better in its first 15 matches to a season eight times in program history, including three times in the last seven years.
• This year's .867 winning percentage is tied with 2008, 1999, 1996, 1995 and 1978 for the third-best start to a season.
• The last four times K-State had won 13 or more of its first 15 matches in a season, the Wildcats went on to win the 16th match of the year.
• This year's 13-2 start is the Wildcats' best since they went 14-1 to start 2012.
 
IMPACT FRESHMAN
• Freshman outside hitter Kylee Zumach paced the Wildcats in kills (18) last Saturday against Baylor.
• The Buffalo, Minnesota native has led K-State or tied for the team lead in kills in seven of the last nine matches and nine times overall this season.
• Zumach leads all Wildcats with 198 kills and 3.60 kills/set through 15 matches.
• The three-time Big 12 Rookie of the Week is looking to become the fastest Wildcat freshman to reach 200 kills in a season since Cari Jensen crossed the 200-kill mark in 16 matches during the 2000 season.
 
BLOCK DOWN
• For the second time in the last three matches, K-State had more than 17 team blocks in last Saturday's contest vs. Baylor.
• The Wildcats, who had 23.5 blocks against Michigan on Sept. 19, had 17.5 blocks against the Bears, the most by K-State in a Big 12 match since it had 18.5 in a 3-2 win at Kansas on Nov. 24, 2010.
• K-State has double-digit blocks in each of the last three matches (4.23/set) and in eight contests for the entire season.
• The Wildcats are second among Big 12 teams and 10th in NCAA Division I with 3.04 blocks/set.
 
COMBO BLOCKERS
• Helping the Wildcats rank as one of the top blocking teams in the country are their middle blockers, Katie Reininger and Natali Jones.
• Reininger, a redshirt sophomore, leads the team and is third in the conference with 1.39 blocks/set this year.
• Jones, a redshirt senior, is right behind Reininger with 1.33 blocks/set, fourth-highest average among Big 12 players.
• Reininger (71) and Jones (61) have combined for 132 blocks this season.
• Jones entered her final season at K-State with 34 career blocks (32 last season) while Reininger had 57 blocks with Saint Mary's as a freshman before sitting out last year with the Wildcats as a redshirt.
• Over the last three matches, Reininger has 24 blocks (1.85/set) while Jones has 22 (1.83/set).
 
OFFENSIVE DUO
• While Jones and Reininger provide defense at the net, K-State's pair of outside hitters, Kylee Zumach and Brooke Sassin, rank among the top offensive producers in the Big 12.
• Zumach is third among Big 12 players with 3.60 kills/set and 3.99 points/set.
• Sassin, meanwhile, is eighth in the conference with 3.16 kills/set in overall matches this season and 10th with 3.53 points/set.
• Zumach is averaging 3.83 kills/set over the last four matches, a stretch in which she has 12 or more kills in each contest.
• Sassin, who had 14 kills vs. Baylor, has double-digit kills in 10 matches this year.
 
IN THE POLLS
• K-State received votes in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll for the fourth straight week, checking in with 5 points.
• The 5 points are down from last week's 48 and the fewest points for K-State this season.
• The Wildcats are one of four Big 12 teams at least receiving votes this week as Texas is No. 2 while Oklahoma (36 points) and Kansas (30) are outside of the top 25.
 
ACE UP HER SLEEVE
• Senior Gina Madonia had two aces on Saturday vs. Baylor, giving her seven aces in the last three matches (0.53/set).
• Madonia, who had three aces in the first 12 matches this season, is third on K-State with 10 aces on the year.
• The 10 aces already match her career-high for a single season, which was set last year.
• Madonia has three aces in four career matches against KU.
 
ACE OF THE STAFF
• K-State's leader in aces is redshirt senior Chelsea Keating, who has a career-high 18 aces this season.
• The outside hitter has an ace in five-straight matches, totaling seven over the stretch, as well as an ace in eight of the last nine contests.
• Keating is seventh among Big 12 players entering this week in aces per set with 0.33.
 
CAREER YEAR
Chelsea Keating's 18 aces are not the only career-high already this season for the Frankfort, Kansas native.
• Through the first half of this season, Keating has established a career-best in digs (123; previous: 66 in 2013) in addition to the aces.
• She has also tied her career-high in blocks with 39 (last: 2013).
• Keating is 1.5 points short of matching her career-high of 147.5 (2013) while she needs nine kills to equal her career-high of 117 set last year as well.
 
MORE THAN SETS
• Redshirt sophomore Katie Brand is second among Big 12 players with 11.18 assists/set this season, but the setter's production goes beyond just assists.
• Brand leads all Big 12 setters in total points (80.0), kills (47) and blocks (50).
• She also leads all conference setters in digs with 168, a figure which is the second-most on K-State.
• Last year, Brand averaged 0.90 kills/set, 2.38 digs/set and 0.83 blocks/set; this year, she is averaging 0.85 kills/set, 3.05 digs/set and 0.91 blocks/set.
• Also, Brand is averaging more than an assist per set this year so far (11.18) compared to last year's total (10.06).
 
DOUBLE DOUBLE
Katie Brand leads K-State with 11 double-doubles this year, which matches her total in 2013.
• She has a double-double in 9 straight matches.
 
DOWN BUT NOT OUT
• K-State has lost the first set in three of its last four matches, but the Wildcats came back to win each of those three contests.
• 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.
 
THE ROAD IN CONFERENCE
• K-State enters Wednesday's match at KU having lost 11 straight conference road matches.
• The Wildcats, who went 0-8 against Big 12 teams on the road last year, have not won a conference road match since Oct. 24, 2012 at West Virginia (3-0).
• Since the start of the 2012 season, K-State is 12-13 (.480%) in overall road matches, but 3-13 (.188%) in conference road matches.
 
KANSAS SERIES
• K-State leads the all-time series against KU, 62-45-1.
• The Wildcats have lost four-straight against their Sunflower Showdown rivals.
• The last time K-State beat KU was on Nov. 23, 2011 in Manhattan (3-1).
• The last time K-State beat the Jayhawks in Lawrence was on Oct. 19, 2011 (3-1).
• The Wildcats are 28-13 all-time in Lawrence and 9-4 on the road in the series under head coach Suzie Fritz.
• Fritz is 18-8 all-time against KU.