No. 12 Wildcats, Red Raiders Clash in Wednesday Meeting

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The 12th-ranked Kansas State volleyball squad will contend for its third-consecutive win when the Wildcats travel to Lubbock, Texas, to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders in a Halloween night match. The opening serve from the United Spirit Arena, where the Red Raiders hold a 3-7 record, is set for 7 p.m. K-State (17-6; 9-4 Big 12) defeated Texas Tech (7-15; 1-12 Big 12) in three games during the first meeting on Oct. 17th by scores of 30-22, 30-15, 30-14.

The Wildcats have strung together two-straight wins over Missouri and Iowa State, while Tech is reeling from 12 consecutive losses after winning its first Big 12 match over Colorado. The last time out for the Red Raiders resulted in a sweep handed to them by in-state foe Baylor (30-24, 30-26, 30-24).

Those wishing to listen to Wednesday’s match can tune into 1350 KMAN where Brian Smoller will be calling play-by-play action. The audio can also be found at http://www.kstatesports.com/ or http://www.1350kman.com/, while live stats can be followed on http://www.kstatesports.com/. A complete recap and stats will be posted online after the match’s conclusion.

At Stake
Kansas State is ranked 12th, its highest rank of the season... K-State is 7-3 in the last 10 contests with the losses being handed to the Cats from ranked squads... K-State has a 6-3 road record while being 4-2 in Big 12 away matches... K-State’s nation-leading ace streak continues and sits at 278 straight matches of at least one service ace... The Wildcats have six matches of 10 or more aces this year... K-State won the first match against Texas Tech this year, marking the fifth straight... The last KSU road win over the Red Raiders was Nov. 22, 2006, in a 3-1 score... K-State’s last road loss in Lubbock was Sept. 22, 2001 in four games... The Wildcats lead the series 19-8 and are 9-1 in the last 10 meetings... The Cats are 5-6 on the road in Lubbock, while Suzie Fritz is 11-2 all-time over the Red Raiders... K-State is 16-1 against unranked teams in 2007, with lone loss against Oklahoma who was receiving votes at time of contest... The Cats have held 14 of their last 16 opponents under .250 hitting, including their last five under .200.

Kansas State Pre-Match Report
Kansas State continues to roll through its portion of unranked opponents, having won seven-straight over squads who were not listed in the polls. Going into the match against Texas Tech, the Wildcats bring a 17-6 overall record while being 9-4 in the conference. They most recently knocked off Missouri in a 3-0 sweep and Iowa State at home in a four-game thriller.

The Wildcats finished with strong production from the middle blockers on Saturday which helped K-State to the win in scores of 30-24, 30-26, 20-30, 35-33. From the middle, Kelsey Chipman and Megan Farr each finished with over 10 kills on hitting better than .300 percent. Farr tied with a team-high 15 kills on .407 hitting percentage and added six blocks. Chipman converted for 12 kills with three errors on 24 attempts for a hitting clip of .375. The sophomore also recorded five digs and five blocks.

Korobkova tallied her eighth-consecutive match of 15 or more kills after matching Farr’s mark of 15 kills on the Cyclones. The junior from Russia also tallied eight digs and six blocks. Rita Liliom put down 14 kills to assist in the 64 kill-effort of the Cats that hit .201 for the night.

In digs, Angie Lastra again paced the Wildcats, marking her seventh straight match, as she dished out 23. Lauren Mathewson and Lauren Rosenthal each contributed with 10.

Overall this season, K-State has tallied stats that rank it in the top four among Big 12 opponents in six categories. The Wildcats continue to lead the league in service aces per game as they average 2.10 after notching 174 through 83 games. Senior Stacey Spiegelberg is fourth in the conference with an average of 0.42 per game. Korobkova ranks fifth (0.38 sapg), while Jenny Jantsch is seventh (0.35 sapg).

In hitting percentage, the Cats average .257 with 1334 kills on 3204 attempts to rank fourth. They allow teams to hit at an average of .179, third lowest in the conference. Farr is the only Wildcat listed in the top 10 for hitting as the Manhattan, Kan., native averages .368 through 83 games.

K-State and its primary setter Spiegelberg both rank third in the conference. As a team, the Cats average 15.14 assists per game, while individually Spiegelberg is at 13.19 with 1095 assists in 83 games.

With 16.07 kills per game, KSU is fourth in the conference, behind Nebraska, Texas and Texas A&M. Korobkova leads all Wildcats with 358 kills in 79 games to post an average of 4.53 per game and rank fourth. Rita Liliom is ninth in the top 10 with 3.54 kills per game after knocking down 294 this season.

Chipman and Farr rank second and third, respectively, in blocks per game. Chipman has put down 123 blocks during 2007 (10 solo, 113 assisted) to average 1.48 per game. Farr has 117 on the year with an average of 1.41, while she has the third most solo blocks with 13 thus far. The duo pace the Wildcats, who average 3.04 blocks per game as a team to rank fourth in the Big 12.

Although KSU is ninth in the conference in digs per game with 14.73, senior Lastra remains one of the most consistent defenders in the league. The Carolina, Puerto Rico, senior ranks second with an average of 4.54 digs per game with 377 total through 83 games. She possesses a slightly higher average through 48 Big 12 games, as is dishing out at 4.79 digs per game.

Scouting Report: Texas Tech
The struggling Red Raiders will be fighting for their first win in 13 matches when they take on Kansas State Wednesday. In that span, Texas Tech has been swept by eight opponents including six straight and four at home. The Red Raiders have an overall record this season of 7-15 while being 1-12 in the conference and 3-7 at the United Spirit Arena.

In its last outing, Tech dropped a three-game match to Baylor by sets of 24-30, 26-30, 24-30. The win was the Bears’ third-straight Big 12 victory and first sweep of a conference opponent. Baylor finished with low hitting at .174 percent (46k-26e-115a), but held Tech to an even lower percentage with .073 hitting (33k-25e-109a).

Amy Gandy served as the Red Raiders’ primary contributor with 16 kills on .222 hitting. She added five digs and three blocks with two solo and one assisted. Gandy finished as the only Tech player with double-digit kills, but was one of four to notch five or more digs. Libero Jenn Harrell paced the Red Raiders in digs with 13 while also recording one of Tech’s two service aces. Kourtney Dunnam, playing for injured starter Emily Ziegler, had 28 assists on the night.
The Red Raiders rank among the bottom three in all statistical categories, with their best average in blocks with 2.20 per game to rank ninth. Brandi Hood leads Tech in blocks with 76 (14 solo, 62 assisted), while Gandy is second with 68 and an average of 0.83. Alicia Ostmeyer has also posted over 50 with 62 total (0.77 bpg).

Tech is 10th in hitting percentage at .189, while it allows the highest hitting of any Big 12 squad at .253. Ziegler was the only individual to rank in hitting percentage, as she was averaging .356 prior to her injury. Ostmeyer is second with .311 hitting on 202 kills with 65 errors and 440 attempts.

Ziegler also ranks among the top 10 in assists per game with an average of 10.67 to sit at ninth. The Red Raiders as a team are 11th with 12.10 assists per game. Jenn Harrell is the only other individual to be listed in the rankings as she averages 3.98 digs per game, placing her sixth.

Tech is 11th in the conference in kills per game (13.41), service aces per game (1.10) and digs per game (13.30).

Flashback: vs. Texas Tech
High-Hitting Lifts Cats to 3-0 Win Over Tech
Oct. 17, 2007
MANHATTAN, Kan. The 14th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats cruised to a 3-0 win over Texas Tech after a 16-kill effort from junior Nataly Korobkova. K-State finished the match in games of 30-22, 30-15, 30-14 after posting 59 kills and only 15 errors on 98 attempts for a hitting percentage of .449. At the midway point of conference play, the Wildcats improve to 7-3 in Big 12 action with a 15-5 overall record.

Korobkova finished the night with a match-high 16 kills on 24 attempts for .500 hitting, marking her fifth match of hitting .400 or better. Sophomore Kelsey Chipman added nine kills for the Cats’ offense after hitting .583 on the night. The Topeka, Kan., native also had a match-high four blocks (one solo, three assisted). Freshman Julianne Chisholm notched a career-high eight kills on .462 hitting percentage.

Other leaders for the Wildcats include Stacey Spiegelberg, who registered a match-high 46 assists. Lauren Mathewson served a career-high two aces while Jenny Jantsch added one to extend K-State’s nation-leading streak of matches with one or more aces to 275. Angie Lastra paced the squad in digs for the 18th match this season after dishing out nine against the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech (7-12; 1-9 Big 12) was held to a hitting clip of .049 with 22 kills and 18 errors on 81 attempts. Seniors Amy Gandy and Alicia Ostmeyer led with six kills each, while Kourtney Dunnam put up 20 assists. Dunnam, along with Jenn Harrell, tallied five digs for 10 of the Red Raiders’ 23.

Lastra’s Latest Digs
Senior Angie Lastra has already etched her name in the K-State record books for digs, but she continues to put forth a stronger effort with each passing week. The senior libero put her freshman, sophomore and junior campaign in the top 10 for single-season digs, and she is pushing to place her final year in the top 10 as well. With 377 digs in 2007, Lastra needs five more to tie for 10th with Lisa Mimick who tallied 382 during the 2001 year. When Lastra meets this mark, she will be the only Wildcat to have each of her years in the top 10.

After tallying 377 digs through 83 games, Lastra has upped her average to 4.54 per game. The mark currently stands as the highest by a K-State senior; Laura Downey holds the top place with a 4.24 average from the 2003 season.

Lastra’s increase in average and number are due in large part to her notching 20 or more in five of her last six matches. Through the 22 games in the six matches, Lastra has an average of 5.68 digs per game. She recorded 23 digs in a three-game win over Iowa State (10/13), tying the third most in a three-game match in school history and also the third most in three games this season in the Big 12. With 29 digs at Oklahoma (10/19), Lastra tallied the fourth-most in the conference this year in a single match and also the most for a four-game match in 2007.

Halloween History
In Kansas State history, the Wildcats have played 13 matches on Halloween and hold a 6-7 record in that time with head coach Suzie Fritz being 1-0 on Oct. 31st. Of the 13 matches, Kansas is the most common opponent with five matchups, while KSU is 1-0 against Texas Tech on Oct. 31st.

In their last Halloween match, the Wildcats won 3-0 over Kansas in 2001, Fritz’s first year on board. Winning in three games wasn’t the only time the number 3’ occured in the victory. Three Cats hit .300 or better while the team finished with .303 hitting. Cari Jensen notched three service aces in the win that also had three Wildcats with 10 or more digs and three with four blocks.