No. 22 Wildcats Open Road Trip at Iowa State
No. 22 Wildcats Open Road Trip at Iowa State
Location: Ames, Iowa
Arena: Hilton Coliseum
Iowa State (Road #8)
Wednesday, Nov. 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Series: Iowa State leads, 46-39
Last Meeting: K-State won, 3-1 (25-23, 25-12, 23-25, 25-14), in Manhattan on Oct. 8, 2014
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Rob Voelker)
Online Audio: Here or www.1350kman.com
AT A GLANCE
• No. 22 K-State started its second half of the Big 12 schedule on a winning note, and now it will head to Ames, Iowa for a 6:30 p.m. match on Wednesday, Nov. 5 against Iowa State (11-9, 3-6 Big 12).
• The Wildcats had to rally from a 2-0 set deficit last Saturday against Texas Tech, hitting well over .300 in the final three sets to win the match, 3-2.
• K-State has won three straight matches and seven of its last eight contests.
• Iowa State enters Wednesday coming off a four-set loss to No. 5 Texas at home on Nov. 2.
• The Cyclones have dropped their last two matches and three of their last four.
• K-State won the first meeting between the two schools this year on Oct. 8 (3-1) in Manhattan.
• K-State has started its Big 12 schedule with a 7-2 record, its best since 2008 (also 7-2).
• The Wildcats have jumped out to a 7-2 or better start in conference play six times in the Big 12 era, with only two of those occasions happening over the last 11 seasons.
• This year's seven conference wins are already the most for K-State since 2012 (8-8).
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
• K-State enters Wednesday with a 7-0 record in true road matches this season, making it one of only two Big 12 teams with a perfect road record (Texas, 7-0).
• The Wildcats' seven straight wins in true road matches is tied for their longest road winning streak in school history.
• The last time K-State won seven consecutive true road matches was Oct. 4-Nov. 19, 2003, and the first time was in 1977.
• K-State's four straight Big 12 road wins are its most since 2004 when it also won four straight from Sept. 25-Oct. 16.
• The K-State record for most consecutive Big 12 road wins is seven (Oct. 4-Nov. 19, 2003).
• K-State will be forced to put its perfect 7-0 record in true road matches up to the test as the Wildcats' next two matches are in places they have not won since 2007 (Ames) and 2001 (Austin).
• K-State has already clinched a winning road record this season, a first since 2008 (8-4).
• Last Saturday's win against Texas Tech clinched a 20-win season for K-State, its third in the last four years (2012, 21-9; 2011, 22-11).
• Under head coach Suzie Fritz, the Wildcats have compiled 10 20-win campaigns.
• The Wildcats have won 20 or more matches in 19 different seasons in the program's 41-year history, with 10 since 2001 and 15 since 1995 (20 seasons).
• In the Big 12 era (since 1996), K-State is second among current Big 12 teams with 14 20-win seasons, trailing 15 by Texas (which is 16-1 so far this season).
• With the addition of last Saturday's 22 kills, Kylee Zumach became the sixth Wildcat freshman in school history to register 300 kills in a season (Last: Kaitlynn Pelger, 2010 - 328).
• Zumach enters Wednesday leading K-State and all Big 12 freshmen with 312 kills.
• The K-State freshman record for kills in a season is 376, set by Cari Jensen in 2000.
• Zumach is third in the Big 12 with 3.63 kills/set and fourth with 3.98 points/set in overall matches.
• Zumach is only the second Wildcat freshman in the rally-scoring era to total 300 kills as a freshman, as Jensen, Abbie Brown (374 in 1996), Liz Wegner (370 in 1998) and Mary Kinsey (348 in 1984) also crossed the threshold but all before 2001.
• Zumach has 20+ kills and a .300+ attack percentage in each of the last two matches.
• The outside hitter is the first Wildcat with 20+ kills and a .300+ hitting percentage in consecutive matches since Kaitlynn Pelger did so in three straight contests in 2011.
• Zumach has four matches this season with 20+ kills, the most by a Wildcat freshman since Cari Jensen had five in 2000.
OFFENSIVE BY NATURE
• The K-State offense, helped in part by Zumach, has hit .259 or higher in five of its last six matches.
• In Big 12 only matches, K-State is first in assists/set (12.64), second in kills/set (13.64) and third in hitting percentage (.243).
BREAKOUT DAY (AND YEAR)
• Chelsea Keating had a career day last Saturday against Texas Tech, setting career-highs in kills (17) and digs (22) while hitting .429--her highest hitting percentage in a Big 12 match in her career.
• The 22 digs by the redshirt senior were the most by a K-State outside hitter since Liz Wegner had 22 digs on Oct. 22, 2001 at #14 Texas A&M.
• Keating also added an ace last Saturday, her team-best 25th of the season.
• Keating enters this week as the only player in the Big 12 with 150+ kills, 200+ digs, 50+ blocks and 25+ aces.
• Entering this season, Keating had career totals of 165 kills, 86 digs, 65 blocks and eight aces.
• In just 2014, Keating has 172 kills, 213 digs, 66 blocks and 25 aces.
• The double-double last Saturday was also her fourth of her career, all recorded this season.
• K-State out-blocked Texas Tech, 14.0-11.0, last Saturday, which was also the Wildcats' 14th match this season with 10+ blocks.
• K-State has out-blocked its opponent in 20 of the 23 matches this season (17-3).
• The Wildcats lead the Big 12 in overall matches with 2.99 blocks/set while they are second in conference-only contests with 2.99 blocks/set (Texas, 3.02).
• Across Division I, K-State is 10th in blocks/set and 13th in total blocks (257.0).
• K-State's 14 matches this season with 10+ blocks are its most since 2011 when it had 15.
• Also in 2011, K-State finished with 306 total blocks and 2.43/set.
AT THE BLOCK
• Helping power the K-State block is redshirt senior Natali Jones, who had six (one solo, five assists) in K-State's win vs. Texas Tech.
• Jones leads the Big 12 with 109 blocks and 1.43 blocks/set in overall matches, while in conference-only matches, she is also pacing the Big 12 with 55 blocks and 1.57/set.
• Jones has five or more blocks in 10 of the last 11 matches, averaging 1.67/set over the stretch.
• In addition to blocking, Jones has been steady offensively as of late, ranking third in the Big 12 with a .347 attack percentage in conference-only matches.
• The Pratt, Kansas native is averaging 2.0 kills/set in Big 12 play, while over the last seven matches, she has 2.44 kills/set and is hitting .423 (61k-14e-111att).
• Jones is not the only Wildcat with 100+ blocks this season as Katie Reininger has 106 (9s-97a) on the year.
• The redshirt sophomore is fifth in the Big 12 with 1.29 blocks/set in overall matches.
• This marks the fourth time in the last five years K-State has had two players with 100+ blocks in a single season.
• Reininger's nine solo blocks are the most by a Wildcat since 2012 (Lilla Porubek, 10).
AT THE POLLS
• K-State remained at No. 22 in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Poll.
• The Wildcats have been ranked No. 22 for the last three weeks and been ranked in the top-25 for four consecutive weeks.
• As a ranked team, K-State is 4-1, with the only loss being to then-No. 2 Texas on Oct. 18.
• The Wildcats are one of three ranked Big 12 teams (No. 5 Texas, No. 24 Oklahoma).
IN THE RPI
• K-State slid up to No. 15 in the latest RPI rankings released by the NCAA, up from No. 16.
• The Wildcats are the second-highest ranked Big 12 team in the RPI, trailing No. 3 Texas.
• K-State holds a 10-3 record against the top-100 (4 wins vs. top-50) and its three losses are against a team ranked No. 51 or higher.
IOWA STATE SERIES
• K-State trails in the all-time series against Iowa State, 39-46.
• The Wildcats have won two of the last three matches against the Cyclones, including the first meeting this season on Oct. 8 (3-1).
• K-State has not won in Ames, however, since 2007, losing six straight.
• The Wildcats have a 14-22 road record in the series against Iowa State.
• Head coach Suzie Fritz is 6-7 at Iowa State (15-12 overall).