Wildcats Face No. 3 Longhorns
Wildcats Face No. 3 Longhorns
K-State enters Saturday’s match having won four in a row, including two road matches in Big 12 play.
When the Wildcats and Longhorns have met, it has traditionally been a series with exciting action. Last year’s sweep over K-State by
The last time K-State defeated
K-State is 3-10 in
On the Airwaves
Saturday’s match will be broadcast on 1350 KMAN with KMAN’s Rob Voelker with calling the action. Fans can also hear the match on the station’s Web site www.1350kman.com.
On the Web
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Scouting the Longhorns
The Texas Longhorns put their 2007 Big 12 Conference title on this line this season after capturing the title with a 19-1 record in league play. This season
After a successful season last year, the Longhorns reached the NCAA Regional Finals and had four players named AVCA All-America. Juliann Faucette was named to the first team and earned National Freshman of the Year honors. Destinee Hooker added her second All-American award being named to the second team. Lauren Paolini and Michelle Moriarty were each named to the third team. Moriarty graduated, but
The Longhorns are led by junior Destinee Hooker with 4.20 kills per set and a hitting percentage of .364. In Wednesday’s win over
Faucette is averaging more than three kills a set, and Paolini and Engle each are over 2.50 kps. All four players have more than 100 kills to date on the season. Faucette and Engle each had a double-double in the win over
The Longhorns are one of the top teams statistically in the conference and the nation.
Invidiually, a number of Longhorns are among the best in the nation as well as Engle is 26th in aces. Paolini is among the Top 5 in hitting percentage along with K-State’s Megan Farr. Hooker is 25th in kills per set
The Longhorns have faced three ranked teams this season -- all ranked in the Top 5 -- and come out victorious once.
Catching Up with the Cats
The Wildcats played a five-set match for the first time this season on Wednesday at
In the pivotal fifth set, K-State hit over .500 percent with six kills and no attack errors. Back-to-back blocks from middle blocker Kelsey Chipman helped energize the team in the closing points to win its fourth match in a row.
Nataly Korobkova came up big for the Wildcats against the Jayhawks with a season-high 20 kills. She surpassed her previous high of 17 kills against UC Irvine at the Nike Portland Invitational. She was joined in double figure kills by fellow seniors Rita Liliom and Jenny Jantsch.
Liliom again had 13 kills to continue her streak of reaching double digits in kills every match this season. Jantsch was perhaps the story of the night taking her emotional leadership role to another level and leading in her performance as well. Jantsch also had a season-high 11 kills and 12 digs. It was her second double-double of the season. A number of Jantsch’s kills came when the Wildcats needed them most and turned the momentum to K-State’s side of the net.
Lauren Mathewson added 14 digs in the match against
The Wildcats continue to be one of the top teams in the Big 12 statistically and not just in the standings. K-State leads the league in assists and is second in kills. The team continues to be one of the strongest at the net and the service line ranking third in both blocks and service aces.
Senior Megan Farr is second in hitting percentage and ranks in the Top 5 in the nation in the category. K-State, Baylor and
The Wildcats are undefeated this season when out-hitting their opoonents. K-State is 13-0 when it has a higher hitting percentage than the opposition. In the team’s two losses the Wildcats were out-hit .216 to .177 in a loss at No. 25 Purdue and .220 to .117 against No. 2 Nebraska.
Seven times K-State has held its opponent under .200 and twice under .100 while reaching the .300 mark seven times and is undefeated when hitting higher than .200.
In 25 sets the team has hit .300 or better and reached at least .500 five times on the season, including a season-high .650 and .600 both against Cornell. Three times K-State’s attack has not had a single error.