No. 22 K-State Back to Work against Texas Tech
No. 22 K-State Back to Work against Texas Tech
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
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.
• 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).
• 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.
• 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).
• 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).
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• K-State is second in the Big 12 and 11th in the nation with 3.0 blocks/set this season.
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.