Wildcats Ready for Ranked Baylor Bears

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State Wildcats return home for a Wildcat Weekend on Saturday to take on the No. 23 Baylor Bears at 7 p.m. K-State comes into the match off a strong performance at Colorado on Wednesday defeating the Buffaloes in four sets. Baylor finds itself in a three-match skid losing to Texas A&M, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

Fans can get in the match for just $3 with their ticket stub to K-State's football game against Colorado on Saturday morning to help cheer on the Wildcats at Ahearn where K-State currently ranks 17th nationally in attendance.

In their previous meeting in Waco, Texas, this season, the Wildcats and Bears battled through four sets before Baylor got the victory 25-10, 20-25, 25-13, 25-22. K-State was led by the efforts of Vanessa Murray and JuliAnne Chisholm in the loss with 12 and 11 kills respectively, but the team struggled to produce consistent offense hitting just .061 -- a season low for the Wildcats.

K-State will look to turn that performance around and ride the momentum from hitting .248 against Colorado on Wednesday and get a win over a ranked opponent and head into two road trips next week on a winning streak.

On The Airwaves
K-State's match against Baylor can be heard on with 1350 KMAN with Brian Smoller calling the action and Rob Voelker assisting on color commentary. The broadcast will also be available on the station's Web site www.1350kman.com.

Live audio and stats will be available through k-statesports.com for fans wanting to track the action live on the web. An audio only feed is through the Wildcat Audio Package.

The Series
The Wildcats lead the series against Baylor 21-7 with the two teams meeting just once before the inception of the Big 12. Baylor got the sweep in that match in 1993, and K-State has won five of the last six against the Bears.

Baylor won the first matchup this season 3-1, but have won back-to-back matches against the Wildcats just once in the history of the series winning both matches in 1999.

The Coaches
Kansas State: Suzie Fritz (Florida Atlantic '94) is in her ninth year as head coach of the Wildcats she is the winningest coach in the program's history in terms of wins (179) and winning percentage (.665).

Baylor: Jim Barnes (McNeese State '94) is in his sixth season at the helm at Baylor. He has led the Bears to their first AVCA Top 25 ranking in eight years as they are currently No. 23 in the nation.

Scouting the Bears
Baylor boasts one of the Big 12's top middle blockers in Anna Breyfogle as she ranks first in the conference in blocks per set (1.43) and third in hitting percentage (.359). Breyfogle is climbing up the career blocks list in the Big 12 rankings as well currently standing in sixth in block assists and seventh in total blocks.

Breyfogle is joined by outside hitter Katie Sanders to help lead Baylor's offense to a 17-4 record so far this season. Sanders leads the Bears with 3.19 kills per set and makes a large contribution defensively with 3.03 digs a set.

Setter Taylor Barnes is averaging 10.69 assists per set and has proven to be a complete player adding 1.22 kills per set at a .355 hitting percentage. She also is the conference's top server with 0.39 aces a set with her topspin jump serve.

Since climbing as high as No. 17 in the AVCA Coaches Poll, Baylor has gone 1-3 with its lone win coming against Texas Tech. The Bears fell to a Texas A&M that was the leading vote getter outside the Top 25, a No. 7 Nebraska team and an unranked Oklahoma team on the road.

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