Notes: Wildcats Return Home to Face Iowa St.

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Match #18
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Ahearn Field House
 
Iowa State (Home #7)
Wednesday, Oct. 8 - 7 p.m.
Series: Iowa State leads, 46-38
Last Meeting: K-State won, 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-23), in Manhattan on Nov. 30, 2013
TV: FOX Sports-Midwest (PBP - Brian Smoller; Analyst - Liz Wegner-Busch)
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Rob Voelker)
Online Audio: Here or www.1350kman.com
Live Stats: Here
 
Tickets/Promotions
Wildcat 4 Pack: 4 GA tickets, 4 concessions vouchers for $34
General admission tickets: $8 for adults, $5 for youth/military/senior citizens
 
 
AT A GLANCE
• Winners of its last two matches, K-State returns to action for its only match of the week on Wednesday, October 8 against Iowa State in Ahearn Field House.
• The Wildcats won both of their matches on the road last week, coming from behind to beat KU in five sets on October 1 and then sweeping Texas Tech on October 4.
• Both of the wins were firsts for K-State in Lawrence and Lubbock since 2011.
• Iowa State is off to an 8-5 start, including a 1-2 record to the beginning of the Big 12 schedule.
• After dropping their first two Big 12 matches on the road, Iowa State beat West Virginia in four sets last Saturday.
 
ROOKIE ONLY BY NAME
• For a program-record fourth time this season, freshman Kylee Zumach was named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week for the period ending October 5.
• The outside hitter, who has been named the conference's top rookie in four of the last five weeks, led all Big 12 freshmen in kills, kills per set and points per set last week, totaling 33 kills, 4.12 kills/set and 4.14 points/set.
• Zumach had 33 kills, 4 blocks and 2 digs in 8 sets played.
• Zumach is the first Wildcat in program history to earn four Big 12 weekly awards in a single season, trumping the previous best of three garnered by Kaitlynn Pelger in 2013.
• The Buffalo, Minnesota native's four Big 12 weekly awards already places her second in program history for most weekly conference honors in a career (Pelger, 8, 2010-13).
 
MORE ZUMACH
Kylee Zumach is having a freshman season not seen often in K-State history.
• With 18 kills at KU last week, Zumach became the fastest Wildcat freshman to reach 200 kills in a season since Cari Jensen in 2000.
• Zumach enters the Iowa State match leading all Wildcats with 231 kills.
• She is third in the Big 12 in both kills/set (3.67) and points/set (4.04).
• She is one of just two freshmen in the Big 12's top 10 in both categories.
• Nationally, Zumach is 75th in total kills and 87th in kills/set.
 
BLOCK-DOWN
• The K-State defense is powered by one of the top blocking teams not only in the Big 12 but in the nation.
• The Wildcats are second in the Big 12 in blocks/set (2.97), trailing Texas and its average of 3.14.
• In NCAA Division I, K-State is 12th in blocks/set while it is third in total blocks (187.0).
• Over the last five matches, K-State has 75.0 total blocks and is averaging 3.57 blocks/set.
• The Wildcats have 10 or more blocks in nine matches this season.
 
STOUT D
• With the stout block up front, K-State has held opponents in conference-only matches to a .173 hitting percentage, the third-best mark.
• The Wildcats have held Big 12 opponents to a sub-.200 hitting percentage in nine of a possible 13 sets.
 
DOUBLE DOUBLE
• With 38 assists and 12 digs at Texas Tech, Katie Brand registered her 11th straight double-double and 13th double-double this season.
• The 11 straight double-doubles are the most in a row in Wildcat history, surpassing the previous best of 10-straight set by Kim Zschau in 1998 (Sept. 12-Oct. 3).
• Brand has 24 career double-doubles after finishing 2013 with 11, which were the second-most ever by a Wildcat freshman.
• Brand is averaging 11.19 assists/set and 3.02 digs/set this season, which are the second- and 10th-most in the Big 12 entering the week.
• She is the only player to rank in the Big 12's top 10 in both assists/set and digs/set while she leads all Big 12 setters in kills and blocks.
 
IN THE POLLS
• After last week's two road wins, K-State moved up in points in the latest AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll, coming in at 50 points - which are the 27th-most in the poll.
• Last week, the Wildcats received votes that totaled 5 points.
• This week's 50 points are the most K-State has received this season, besting the previous high of 48 garnered in the September 22 poll.
• The Wildcats are one of three Big 12 teams at least receiving votes as Texas is No. 2 and Oklahoma is just ahead of K-State with 64 points.
 
FIRST RPI
• NCAA released its first RPI Index rankings of the 2014 season on Monday, and K-State was No. 19.
• K-State is 6-2 so far this season against teams ranked in the top 100 of RPI, and 3-1 against the RPI's top 50.
• The Wildcats are the second-highest ranked Big 12 team in initial RPI Index as Texas is No. 3.
• This week's opponent, Iowa State, is No. 27.
 
BREAKOUT YEAR
• Redshirt senior Natali Jones is having a breakout campaign in her final season as a Wildcat as she currently leads the Big 12 in blocks/set with 1.39.
• Jones has 5 or more blocks in each of the last 5 matches, averaging 1.8 blocks/set.
• This season, Jones has 5 or more blocks in 8 matches.
• In her 20 career matches prior to this season, Jones had 5 or more blocks twice.
• Also, Jones has 5+ kills and 5+ blocks in 6 different matches this season after not doing that at least once in her career prior to 2014.
• Jones' 9 blocks at KU on October 1 were her career personal-best in a Big 12 match.
• Jones' 1.39 blocks/set is the 26th-best average in NCAA Division I while her 75 total blocks are 47th best in the country.
 
RHINO GUARD
• Pairing up with Jones up the middle is redshirt sophomore Katie Reininger, who is third in the Big 12 with 1.29 blocks/set.
• Reininger is also 47th in NCAA Division I in blocks/set and 40th in total blocks (76).
• Reininger picked up her ninth solo block of the season last Saturday, which are the most solo blocks by a Wildcat in a season since Lilla Porubek's 10 in 2012.
• Reininger has also contributed offensively, tallying double-digit kills in 4 of the last 6 matches.
• Since Sept. 19 vs. Eastern Michigan, Reininger is averaging 2.58 kills/set and 1.27 blocks/set while hitting .338 (67k-21e-136a).
 
DEALING ACES
• Redshirt senior Chelsea Keating had 2 aces last Saturday at Texas Tech, helping her rank sixth among Big 12 players with 0.35 aces/set.
• Keating has multiple aces in the last 2 matches and in 8 contests overall this season.
• She also has an ace in 7 straight matches.
• Keating's 22 aces not only lead the team but are also a career-best (previous: 7 in 2013).
 
STAFF OF ACES
• K-State's 8 aces last Saturday at Texas Tech were its most aces in a Big 12 match since Oct. 24, 2012 at West Virginia (10).
• It was also the second time this season the Wildcats had 8+ aces in a three-set match (9 on 8/30 vs. South Dakota).
• Over the last 5 matches, K-State is averaging 1.52 aces/set (36 aces/21 sets).
 
NICE DIGS
Kersten Kober had 40 digs over last week's 2 matches, helping her average a team-best 3.83 digs/set this season.
• In the last 6 matches, Kober is averaging 4.19 digs/set.
• Also over the last 6 matches, Kober has 10+ digs in 5 of the contests and 15+ digs in 4 matches.
• Kober has 10+ digs in 12 matches this season after having double-digit digs in 6 matches as a freshman in 2013.
• Kober has already established career-highs in digs (241) and aces (16) this year.
 
HOME SWEET HOME
• Despite losing the last match at home on Sept. 27 vs. Baylor, K-State is still 5-1 in Manhattan this season.
• The Wildcats are 37-9 (.804) at home since 2011.
• In Big 12 matches, K-State has won 4 of its last 5 and 16 of its last 22 (.727) home contests (since Oct. 26, 2011).
 
IOWA STATE SERIES
• K-State trails in the all-time series against Iowa State, 46-38.
• The Wildcats won the last meeting, on Nov. 30, 2013 in Manhattan (3-0).
• The Wildcats have won the last two meetings in Manhattan, both sweeps (Oct. 3, 2012 and Nov. 30, 2013).
• Iowa State, however, has won 10 of the last 12 meetings, dating back to 2008.
• K-State is 19-18 all-time against the Cyclones in Manhattan.