Notes: 14-Win Teams Square Off in Lubbock
Notes: 14-Win Teams Square Off in Lubbock
Location: Lubbock, Texas
Arena: United Supermarkets Arena
Texas Tech (Road #5)
Saturday, Oct. 4 - 3 p.m.
Series: K-State leads, 30-10
Last Meeting: Texas Tech won, 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 27-25, 25-13), in Lubbock
TV/Online Streaming: TexasTech.TV
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AT A GLANCE
• K-State heads to Lubbock, Texas on Saturday, Oct. 4 to face Texas Tech for its second Big 12 road match and third conference match of the season.
• Both the Wildcats and Red Raiders enter Saturday's contest touting 14 wins, tied for the most among Big 12 teams.
• K-State picked up its first conference win of the young Big 12 season this past Wednesday at KU, coming back from a 2-1 deficit in the match to win in five.
• Texas Tech was also forced to rally from a 2-1 deficit earlier this week as it beat Baylor in five sets in Waco.
• This is the first of two meetings between K-State and Texas Tech this season, with the final meeting set to take place on Nov. 1 in Manhattan.
END OF THE ROAD
• Wednesday's win at KU snapped a nearly two-year drought of Big 12 road wins for the Wildcats.
• The five-set victory was K-State's first on the road in Big 12 action since Oct. 26, 2012 at West Virginia, snapping an 11-match losing streak.
• Wednesday's win was the first five-set road win in a Big 12 match for the Wildcats since Sept. 28, 2011 at Missouri.
• The win for K-State was also its first in Lawrence since Oct. 19, 2011 (3-1).
• K-State is 4-0 in true road matches this season, beating Green Bay, Southern Illinois, Michigan and KU.
• The four road wins already match the Wildcats' total from 2013 (4-8).
START OF THE ROAD
• The win at KU also gave K-State its first win in a Big 12 road opener since that Sept. 28, 2011 match at Missouri.
• The Wildcats are 12-7 all-time in conference road openers during the Big 12 era (since 1996).
• K-State has not won its first two conference road matches in a season since 2008 when it won at Texas A&M on Sept. 24 and then trumped KU on Oct. 1.
• The last time K-State played consecutive road conference matches and won both contests was in 2004 (Sept. 25 at MU, Sept. 29 at OU).
BLOCK IT UP
• Redshirt senior Natali Jones had an assist on nine of K-State's 10 blocks on Wednesday at KU, giving her a new career-high for blocks in a Big 12 match
• The middle blocker surpassed her previous personal-best for a conference match of 7, which was set only four days before on Sept. 27 vs. Baylor.
• Jones enters this weekend leading all Big 12 players with 1.37 blocks/set while her 70 total blocks (3 solo, 67 assists) trail only teammate Katie Reininger (72; 3rd in blocks/set with 1.29) for the most in the league.
• Jones has 31 blocks in the last 4 matches, averaging 1.82 blocks/set.
• Jones' 70 blocks this season are already a career-high after she had just 34 career blocks entering this season.
• Led by Jones and Reininger, K-State is second among Big 12 teams and 11th in the nation with an average of 2.96 blocks/set, trailing Texas (3.11) for the top Big 12 spot.
• Both Jones (1st) and Reininger (3rd) rank among the Big 12 leaders in blocks/set.
• The pair also enters the weekend as some of the nation's leaders in the same category, with Jones ranked 27th and Reininger 42nd.
• The Wildcats have 177.5 total blocks on the season, which are easily the most among all conference teams as the next closest opponents are TCU and Texas Tech with 146.
• K-State's 177.5 blocks through Wednesday are the second-most among all Division I teams.
• Freshman outside hitter Kylee Zumach led the Wildcats in kills on Wednesday at KU, marking the 10th time this season in which she has either led or tied for the lead in kills in a match.
• Zumach leads all Wildcats with 216 kills and 3.6 kills/set this year.
• With the addition of Wednesday's 18 kills, Zumach became the fastest Wildcat freshman to reach 200 kills in a season since Cari Jensen took 16 matches during the 2000 campaign.
• Zumach is the 14th Wildcat in program history to have 200 kills in a freshman season and first since Kaitlynn Pelger in 2010.
• Zumach has 13 double-digit kill efforts this year.
• Pairing up with Kylee Zumach at the outside hitter position is sophomore transfer Brooke Sassin, who is second on the team in kills (189) and kills/set (3.15).
• Sassin has 29 kills through the first two Big 12 matches this season, with her 15 on Wednesday at KU being her most in a Big 12 match.
• Sassin is also hitting a team-best .319 in conference play.
• The San Antonio, Texas native has 10+ kills in three-straight matches and in nine of the last 10 contests.
• Sassin has hit .300 or higher in six of her 16 matches played this season.
• Kersten Kober registered her third career match in which she had 20+ digs on Wednesday at KU as she had a team-best 24.
• The 24 digs by Kober were her career-most in a Big 12 match, besting the previous high of 15 set on Oct. 12, 2013 at Oklahoma.
• Kober is the first Wildcat to have 3 or more matches in a season with 20+ digs since Kuulei Kabalis had 5 in 2011.
• Kober, who leads the Wildcats with 225 digs this season, is the first Wildcat to have 200 or more digs in both her freshman and sophomore campaigns since Caitlyn Donahue and Kathleen Ludwig did so in 2009 and 2010.
• Kober enters this Saturday's match at Texas Tech ranked sixth among Big 12 players with 3.75 digs/set.
ACE UP HER SLEEVE
• For the seventh time this season, Chelsea Keating tallied two or more aces in a match when she had two at KU this past Wednesday.
• Keating leads the Wildcats with 20 aces.
• The redshirt senior has recorded an ace in six straight matches, totaling 9 over the stretch.
• Entering this season, Keating had 8 career aces and only one match in which she had 2+ aces (Nov. 20, 2013 vs. Baylor).
• She is sixth among Big 12 players with an average of 0.33 aces/set.
• Redshirt sophomore Katie Brand recorded her team-best 12th double-double of the season on Wednesday with 52 assists and 10 digs.
• Brand has a double-double in 10 consecutive matches entering Saturday.
• The setter has already surpassed her amount of double-doubles she had last season, which was 11 -- the second-most ever by a Wildcat freshman.
PLAY TO 5
• K-State improved to 3-1 this season in five-set matches after Wednesday at KU.
• The Wildcats have won 22 of their last 24 five-set matches, a stretch dating back to Sept. 28, 2010 (vs. UMKC).
• K-State is 54-28 (.659) in five-set matches under head coach Suzie Fritz.
CLAWING BACK IN
• Wednesday's victory marked the fifth time this season - and fourth time in the last five matches - that the Wildcats came from behind to win.
• K-State trailed 2-1 at KU while it had dropped the first set against Youngstown State, Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Marshall before winning each of those five matches.
• The Wildcats are 4-1 this season when they drop the first set and 1-0 when they trail 2-1 in a match.
• Prior to Wednesday, K-State's last win when it trailed 2-1 in a match was Oct. 5, 2013 vs. TCU.
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.
TEXAS TECH SERIES
• K-State leads the all-time series against Texas Tech, 30-10.
• K-State has won 16 of the last 18 meetings, with both losses over the stretch occurring in Lubbock from 2012-13.
• The Wildcats have not won at Texas Tech since Oct. 8, 2011 (3-0).
• K-State is 11-7 all-time in Lubbock.
• K-State head coach Suzie Fritz is 22-4 against Texas Tech, including a 10-3 mark in Lubbock.