Wildcats Look to Bounce Back against TCU

Oct. 4, 2013

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K-State (12-3, 0-2 Big 12) enters Saturday's match against TCU (12-5, 1-2 Big 12) in Ahearn Field House looking for its first Big 12 win of the season. After dropping the first two conference games, the Wildcats hope the contest against the Horned Frogs brings results similar to last season.

K-State's last Big 12 win was against...TCU. The Wildcats swept away TCU in November of 2012 - the second sweep of the Horned Frogs during the season. The Wildcats, though, lost their final three Big 12 matches of the season, starting their current five-match losing streak in conference matches.

"We are a different team then how we started the season," said head coach Suzie Fritz after the loss to Kansas on Wednesday. "Now we are asking more of some players, and they are being asked to take on more responsibility then they had in [nonconference].  We are adjusting to that and trying to do it as quick as possible."

Despite increased responsibility for some players, the Wildcats continue to put up a strong block and force teams out of system with effective serves. K-State leads all Big 12 teams in blocks per set entering Saturday and is third in aces per set. Both components have helped the Wildcats hold all - conference and out-of-conference - opponents to a .167 hitting percentage (third-best in the Big 12).

Last season, K-State had 17 combined aces over two matches against TCU, including 11 on Oct. 13 on the Horned Frogs' home court.

TCU enters Saturday's match coming off a 3-1 win over West Virginia on Wednesday in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs are fourth in the Big 12 with a .249 hitting percentage, but in conference matches only, TCU has recorded a .135 hitting percentage - one spot ahead of K-State's .096 hitting percentage in Big 12 contests.

Tickets are now available for this Saturday's match against TCU. For Saturday's match only, fans can purchase the Wildcat 4 Pack, which includes 4 general admission tickets and 4 food vouchers (hot dog, chips and a drink) for only $34.

The match can also be seen on television with K-StateHD.TV on Fox College Sports. Brian Smoller will do the play-by-play with former K-State All-American Liz Wegner-Busch serving as the analyst. The match can also be heard on the radio on KMAN 1350 or online at k-statesports.com, broadcasted by Rob Voelker. For live updates or stats, check in with Twitter (@kstate_gameday) and k-statesports.com.

Notes: After recording 9.5 team blocks on Wednesday against Kansas, K-State remains at the top of the Big 12 leaderboard in blocks per set with 2.81. The Wildcats have nine or more team blocks in each of their last eight matches ... Taylor Johnson, who was tied for the team lead with five blocks on Wednesday, has 23 blocks in her last three matches (10 sets). The junior middle blocker is second in the Big 12 with 1.37 blocks per set this season ... Gina Madonia recorded a career-high three aces on Wednesday. The junior defensive specialist has an ace in three straight matches and five total aces over the stretch. Her eight aces this season are a career-high ... The Wildcats have 28 aces over their last four matches ... Senior Kaitlynn Pelger moved into fifth place on K-State's all-time career kills list on Wednesday. The middle blocker has 1,347 career kills in 390 sets ... K-State has lost two matches to open its Big 12 schedule for the first time since 2009. During that season, the Wildcats were winless in six matches to start their conference slate.

More notes can be found here.

TCU (12-5, 1-2 Big 12) vs. K-State (12-3, 0-2 Big 12)
7 pm in Ahearn Field House (Manhattan, Kan.)

All-Time Series: K-State leads 2-0
Last Meeting: K-State swept TCU (25-17, 25-16, 26-24) on Nov. 10, 2012 in Ahearn Field House

Series Note: Both matches in the all-time series took place last season - TCU's first year in the Big 12

Live stats can be found here.
Listen to the game online here.