No. 22 K-State Back to Work against Texas Tech

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Match #23
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Ahearn Field House

Texas Tech (Home #10)
Saturday, Nov. 1 - 1 p.m.
Series: K-State leads, 31-10
Last Meeting: K-State won, 3-0 (27-25, 25-18, 25-22), in Lubbock on Oct. 4, 2014
TV/Online: K-StateHD.TV
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Rob Voelker)
Online Audio: www.k-statesports.com, www.1350kman.com

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AT A GLANCE
After a pair of wins last week, No. 22 K-State (19-3, 6-2 Big 12) will return from a midweek bye and take on Texas Tech in Ahearn Field House on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m.
The Wildcats swept Oklahoma at home last Wednesday before beating West Virginia in five sets in Morgantown last Saturday.
The Wildcats have won two straight matches and six of their last seven matches.
Texas Tech is 15-6 on the season, including 3-6 in Big 12 action.
The Red Raiders enter Saturday having lost back-to-back matches and five of their last six contests.
Texas Tech was a perfect 12-0 in non-conference play to start the season.
K-State swept the Red Raiders in the first meeting this year back on Oct. 4 in Lubbock.

CONFERENCE START
K-State ended its first half of Big 12 matches with a 6-2 record, its best start since 2008.
The six Big 12 wins ties last year's total (6-10).
With the addition of this season, the Wildcats have started a conference schedule 6-2 or better eight times in the Big 12 era and only twice since winning the Big 12 title in 2003.
K-State's 6-2 record is benefitted by a 4-0 mark in road matches, which is the first time the Wildcats have won their first four conference road matches in a season since 2002.
The Wildcats have started their Big 12 schedule 7-2 or better five times (Last: 2008, 7-2) and 6-3 or better 11 times (Last: 2012).

HUMBLE ABODE
K-State enters Saturday with a 7-2 home record this season, having won two of its last three matches in Ahearn Field House.
Since 2011, the Wildcats are 39-10 (.796) in Manhattan, which is the fourth-best record among Big 12 teams over the stretch (Texas, .946 - 53-3; Oklahoma, .843 - 43-9; Iowa State, .813 - 39-9)
K-State has only lost to Texas Tech at home once (2004) as the Wildcats are 17-1 all-time against the Red Raiders in Manhattan and have won nine straight at home in the series.
The Wildcats have won eight of their last 11 home Big 12 matches, a stretch that dates back to a five-set win vs. TCU on Oct. 5, 2013.

ON FIRE
Natali Jones hit .688 and .667, respectively, in last week's two matches, making her the first Wildcat to hit over .600 (min. 10 attempts) in back-to-back matches since Lauren Goehring in 2003 (.632 vs. South Florida; .692 vs. LSU on 9/13).
Jones, who is fourth in the Big 12 with a .365 hitting pct. in conference-only matches, has hit .467 (52k-10e-90a) and averaged 2.6 kills/set over the last six matches.
Jones also has 33 blocks (1.65/set) and five aces over the same stretch (3.7 points/set).

APPROACHING 300
Kylee Zumach needs 10 more kills to become just the sixth Wildcat freshman to register 300 kills in a season.
The last Wildcat freshman to have 300 kills in a campaign was Kaitlynn Pelger in 2010.
Zumach is also looking to become just the second Wildcat freshman with 300 kills in a season during the rally-scoring era (since 2001).
Other Wildcat freshmen with 300 kills include Cari Jensen (376 in 2000), Liz Wegner (370 in 1998), Abbie Brown (374 in 1996) and Mary Kinsey (348 in 1984).
Zumach enters Saturday leading K-State with 290 kills and 3.58 kills/set (3rd in Big 12).

EFFICIENT OFFENSE
The Wildcats have been efficient as of late, recording a hitting percentage of .259 or higher in four of the last five matches, including three of the last four contests of .294 or higher.
K-State has hit higher than .300 in five different matches, its most in a campaign since it had 10 in 2012.
The Wildcats are fourth among Big 12 teams with a .250 hitting percentage in overall matches.
In conference-only matches, K-State is also fourth in hitting percentage (.237).

SETTING UP FOR SUCCESS
Helping pilot an efficient K-State offense is setter Katie Brand, who is first among Big 12 players with 11.15 assists/set this season.
Over her last two matches, Brand is averaging 12.5 assists/set (100a/8s).
The redshirt sophomore needs 41 more assists to surpass 2,000 in her career.

THE NATIONAL
Natali Jones was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week on Tuesday, becoming the fourth Wildcat in program history to earn the national player of the week honors.
Jones is just the second Wildcat in the last 14 years to earn the award as Kaitlynn Pelger won the honor in 2012.
In addition to Jones and Pelger, the other Wildcats to be named national player of the week by the AVCA includes Dawn Cady (1999) and two-time winner Kate DeClerk (1995, 1996).
Jones is also the first Big 12 player to earn the national honor this season and first since Haley Eckerman (Texas) in November of 2013. 

CONFERENCE HONORS
In addition to the national honor, Natali Jones, along with Kylee Zumach, earned Big 12 player of the week honors on Monday.
For Jones, it was her first career weekly award from the conference.
Zumach picked up her fifth top Big 12 rookie honor this season, which are the most conference weekly awards by a Wildcat in a season.
The five Big 12 Rookie of the Week awards are also tied for the second-most ever and one behind the record of six set by Hannah Werth of Nebraska in 2009.
Zumach led all Big 12 freshmen in kills, kills/set and points last week.
The Wildcats have garnered eight weekly awards from the Big 12 this season, the most in program history.

HEATING UP
Sophomore Brooke Sassin has 10+ kills and hit .300+ in each of the last two matches.
It is the first time this season Sassin has hit higher than .300 in back-to-back matches.
Over the two-match stretch, the San Antonio, Texas native is averaging 3.25 kills/set (26 kills/8 sets) and hitting .362 (26k-5e-58a).
Sassin has hit higher than .300 in nine matches this season, including four in conference play.
She also has 14 matches with 10+ kills.
Sassin is 10th in the Big 12 with 3.04 kills/set in overall matches.

STAFF ACE
Chelsea Keating has tabulated a career-high 24 aces this season, helping her rank seventh among Big 12 players with 0.30 aces/set in overall matches.
Keating had eight career aces entering 2014.

BLOCK-DOWN
K-State is second in the Big 12 and 11th in the nation with 3.0 blocks/set this season.
Five Wildcats have at least 50 blocks, led by Natali Jones (103) and Katie Reininger (99).

AT THE POLLS
K-State remained at No. 22 in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Poll this week.
The Wildcats have been ranked in the top-25 for three weeks in a row.
K-State was ranked in 47 of the 57 coaches ballots for the October 27 poll.
The Wildcats are also one of three Big 12 teams ranked this week, joined by No. 5 Texas (down from No. 2) and No. 25 Oklahoma (unranked last week).
K-State has been ranked in the AVCA Coaches Poll 168 times in program history and 122 times under head coach Suzie Fritz since the 2001 season.

IN THE RPI
K-State moved up one spot to No. 16 in this week's RPI rankings released by the NCAA.
The Wildcats have five wins against this week's top-50 in RPI (Oklahoma, KU, Iowa State, No. 26 UCF, No. 40 Michigan).
K-State is also 10-3 against the RPI's top-100.
The Big 12, which is second in conference RPI, has five of its nine teams in the top-30, including No. 4 Texas, K-State, No. 21 Oklahoma, No. 22 Kansas and No. 28 Iowa State.

TEXAS TECH SERIES
K-State leads the all-time series vs. Texas Tech, 31-10.
The Wildcats won the first meeting this season against the Red Raiders, 3-0, on October 4 in Lubbock.
K-State has won 17 of the last 19 overall meetings against Texas Tech.
The Wildcats have won nine straight matches against the Red Raiders in Manhattan and hold an all-time 17-1 home record in the series.
The last and only time K-State has lost to Texas Tech at home was on Nov. 20, 2004 (3-2).
Coach Suzie Fritz is 23-4 against Texas Tech.