No. 22 Wildcats Look to Bounce Back vs. Oklahoma

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Match #21
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Ahearn Field House

Oklahoma (Home #9)
Wednesday, Oct. 22 - 7 p.m.
Series: Oklahoma leads, 52-27-1
Last Meeting: K-State won, 3-0 (25-22, 29-27, 25-22), on Nov. 3, 2013 in Manhattan
TV: FOX Sports Midwest (PBP - Brian Smoller; Analyst - Liz Wegner-Busch)
Radio: None
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After going 1-1 last week--sweeping TCU on the road and losing in straight sets to #2 Texas at home--No. 22 K-State will return to the court to take on Oklahoma in Ahearn Field House on Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m.
The matchup is a battle between two of the top teams in the Big 12 standings as K-State is third with a 4-2 record while OU is second with a 5-1 mark.
K-State is 6-2 at home this season, with both losses occurring over the last three matches, while it has won two of the last three home contests against OU.
The Sooners, who face No. 2 Texas in Austin later this week, are 10-3 since falling out of the AVCA Coaches Poll on Sept. 8.
Oklahoma is 2-5 on the road this season, having split its two Big 12 matches on the road (win at West Virginia; loss at Iowa St.).

K-State's 17-3 record entering Wednesday's match marks the third time since 2008 that the Wildcats have won 17 of their first 20 matches in a campaign.
Under head coach Suzie Fritz, K-State has started a season 17-3 four times: 2003, 2008, 2012 and 2014.
Of the three previous teams to start a campaign 17-3, the 2003 and 2012 teams went on to go 18-3.
The 17-3 start to a season is tied for the second-best in program history (1977, 18-1-1).

K-State moved up from last week's No. 25 ranking to No. 22 in this week's AVCA Division I Coaches Poll.
It is the highest the Wildcats have been ranked since they were No. 20 in the Nov. 12, 2012 poll.
The Wildcats are one of two Big 12 teams ranked this week, trailing No. 2 Texas, which also received four first-place votes.
This Wednesday's opponent, Oklahoma, received votes and finished with the 28th-most points (45).
K-State had the second-highest climb among teams ranked in the poll from last week to this week, behind Illinois jumping five spots from No. 15 to No. 10.

Despite last Saturday's loss to #2 Texas, K-State is still 6-2 at home this season.
The Wildcats have won 10 of their last 12 home matches, a stretch that started when they swept No. 25 Oklahoma on Nov. 3, 2013.
Since the start of the 2011 season, K-State is 38-10 (.792) in Manhattan. 
The Wildcats have not lost back-to-back matches at home since 2011 when they lost to No. 16 Iowa State on Oct. 5 and then to No. 10 Texas on Oct. 15.

While Oklahoma sports one of the top hitting percentages in Big 12-only matches this season, K-State is among the conference's toughest defenses, holding Big 12 opponents to a .189 clip--the third-best mark in conference action.
K-State has held its opponents a .170 hitting percentage for the entire season, which is the fourth-best mark among Big 12 teams.
The Wildcats have only allowed their opponents to hit higher than .250 in a match once this season (Texas, 10/18, .406).
K-State has held its opponents to a sub-.200 hitting percentage in three of the last four contests and in 13 total matches this season.
The Wildcats are 12-1 this season when they hold their opponent to a .200 attack or less.

In addition to the opponent attack percentage, K-State has showcased its defense this season by averaging 3.11 blocks/set in conference-only matches, the best mark in the Big 12.
In all matches, K-State is tied with Texas for the Big 12 lead with 3.03 blocks/set.
K-State is ninth in NCAA Division I in both blocks/set and total blocks (221.0).
The Wildcats have out-blocked their opponents in all but three matches this year, going 14-3 in such contests.

The K-State block is powered by its pair of middle blockers, Natali Jones and Katie Reininger, who rank first and third, respectively, in the Big 12 in blocks/set for overall matches.
In conference-only matches, Jones is first (1.68 blocks/set) and Reininger is seventh (1.22).

Redshirt senior Natali Jones has enjoyed a breakout campaign in her final year as a Wildcat, already tallying career-highs in kills (105) and blocks (91).
Jones entered this season with 38 kills and 34 blocks over 37 career sets.
In addition to her ranking among top Big 12 players, Jones is near the top nationally in blocks/set, slotting in at 13th in Division I.
Over her last five matches, Jones is averaging 2.06 kills and 1.76 blocks per set (35 kills, 30 blocks, 17 sets).
Since Oct. 1, Jones leads K-State with a .303 hitting percentage while her 53.0 points are third-best.

Offensively, K-State is hitting .242 this season, which is helped by it hitting .250 or higher in a match 11 times this season.
The last time the Wildcats hit .250 or higher in a match was last Wednesday at TCU (.307).
In 2013, K-State had only eight matches in which it hit .250 or higher.
As for set by set, K-State has a .350+ hitting percentage in 15 different sets this season.
Last season, K-State only had 11 sets in which it hit .350+.
One of those 11 sets last year was in the first set of the Nov. 3 match vs. Oklahoma (.441).
The Wildcats hit .266 in their win last November against the Sooners (.135 in the loss on Oct. 12 in Norman).

Kersten Kober, who is second on K-State with 19 aces this season, has an ace in four straight matches (five aces over the stretch).
Of Kober's 19 aces this season, 11 have been registered over the last nine contests (0.31 aces/set).
Kober's five aces over the last four matches tie her entire total in Big 12 matches as a freshman in 2013.
Kober has more than one ace in four matches this season (Last: 10/4 at Texas Tech).

Freshman Kylee Zumach has led K-State in kills in 12 matches this season, helping her pace the Wildcats with 258 kills.
Zumach, who is just the 10th freshman in K-State history with 250+ kills in a season, is third among Big 12 players with 3.53 kills/set in overall matches.
In Big 12-only matches, Zumach is sixth in kills/set (3.39).
Zumach has 10+ kills in 16 matches this year, including in 10 of the last 11 contests.

Chelsea Keating has also enjoyed a breakout season in her senior campaign, establishing career-highs in kills (144), aces (24), digs (164) and blocks (52).
Keating enters Wednesday's slate of matches as the only Big 12 player with 140+ kills, 20+ aces, 150+ digs and 50+ blocks.
With six more kills and one more ace, Keating would become the first K-State outside hitter to have 150+ kills, 150+ digs, 50+ blocks and 25+ aces in a season since Kathleen Ludwig in 2009.
Keating is sixth in the Big 12 with 0.33 aces per set this season.
Keating has 13 aces in the last nine matches.

K-State remained at No. 17 in the latest RPI rankings released by the NCAA on Monday.
The Wildcats were No. 17 last week.
K-State is one of five Big 12 teams ranked in the RPI top 30, behind No. 3 Texas and ahead of No. 18 Kansas, No. 25 Oklahoma and No. 26 Iowa State.
The Wildcats are 6-0 in true road matches, has four wins against this week's top 50 in RPI and holds an 8-2 record against the top 100.
The Big 12 has the second-highest RPI among all conferences, trailing the Pac-12.

K-State trails in the all-time series vs. OU, 27-52-1.
The Wildcats won the last meeting, 3-0, on Nov. 3, 2013 in Ahearn Field House.
K-State is 14-19 against Oklahoma at home, but it has won two of the last three meetings in Ahearn Field House.
Oklahoma is 8-2 against K-State in the last 10 meetings.
Head coach Suzie Fritz is 14-12 against OU in her career.