Wildcats Square Off Against Sooners On Oct. 30

Oct. 29, 2013

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For the second straight match, K-State volleyball will face a team ranked in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll. Oklahoma, making its season debut in the poll this week at No. 25, comes to Ahearn Field House on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The 7 pm match is the second meeting of the season between the two programs.

The Sooners trumped the Wildcats in four sets on Oct. 12 in Norman - a win for Oklahoma that has spurred its current four-match winning streak. K-state evened the match at 1-1 with a victory in the second set, but back-to-back 25-19 losses led to the Wildcats defeat. The loss was the third straight for the Wildcats against Oklahoma.

The last time K-State faced ranked opponents in consecutive matches was last November. This season, the Wildcats are 1-1 against ranked opponents, with the win being against then-#23 Cal on Sept. 14. K-State fell to #1 Texas this past Saturday in straight sets.

The last K-State win against Oklahoma was on Nov. 9, 2011. The five-set victory in Ahearn Field House is also the only win in four chances for K-State against a team ranked No. 25 in the nation.

Entering Wednesday, a pair of Wildcat outside hitters are in the midst of a hot streak. Senior Dakota Kaufman was among three Wildcats with a team-high six kills against #1 Texas. Kaufman is averaging 2.9 kills per set over the last three matches. Fellow senior Courtney Traxson, meanwhile, is averaging 3.0 kills per set over the last seven matches. In the last match against Oklahoma, Traxson had 13 kills - her most in her career against the Sooners.

Defensively at the net, senior Kaitlynn Pelger is leading a K-State wall with 11 blocks over the last two matches. In conference-only matches, Pelger is 10th in the Big 12 with 1.07 blocks per set.

Wednesday's match is "Fright Night," meaning children 12 and under wearing Halloween costumes receive free admission. Also, free Powercat trick-or-treat bags will be given away (while supplies last) and Kansas State clubs and organizations will be passing out candy before the match. The contest can also be seen on K-StateHD.TV on Fox Sports Midwest or heard on KMAN 1350 and k-statesports.com. Live stats are available here and Twitter updates will be provided by @kstate_gameday.

Notes: Senior Kaitlynn Pelger needs five blocks to reach the 400-block milestone in her career. There are only eight players in program history to record 400 or more blocks in their careers ... Pelger also notched her 119th career ace on Oct. 26 against Texas. Pelger is 10th in program history in career aces and is one ace away from tying Kathy Saxton for ninth on the all-time list ... The Wildcats are third in the Big 12 in conference-only matches with 2.57 blocks per set ... K-State is 6-2 in Ahearn Field House this season ... Redshirt freshman Katie Brand is third in the Big 12 in conference-only matches with 10.14 assists per set. Over her last three matches, Brand has 10.29 assists per set ... Brand leads all Big 12 setters in points, kills and blocks while she is tied for third in aces.

More notes can be found here.

#25 Oklahoma (18-4, 6-2 Big 12) vs. K-State (14-7, 2-6 Big 12)
7 pm in Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kan.

All-time series: 51-27-1
Last meeting: Oklahoma won 3-1 (25-22, 20-25, 25-19, 25-19) on Oct. 12

Series Notes: K-State has lost three straight to the Sooners ... Since 2001, K-State is 8-4 against Oklahoma in Ahearn Field House.