Notes: K-State, Texas Duel in Austin in Top-25 Matchup
Notes: K-State, Texas Duel in Austin in Top-25 Matchup
Location: Austin, Texas
Arena: Gregory Gym
No. 5 Texas (Road #9)
Friday, Nov. 7 - 7 p.m.
Series: Texas leads, 32-7
Last Meeting: Texas won, 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-12), on Oct. 18, 2014 in Manhattan
TV: Longhorn Network
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Rob Voelker)
Online Audio: Here or www.1350kman.com
AT A GLANCE
• No. 22 K-State, coming off its first loss in a true road match this season, heads to Austin to face No. 5 Texas on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.
• Wildcats lost at Iowa State on Wednesday in straight-sets (25-23, 25-23, 25-22) despite K-State out-hitting the Cyclones, .217-.192, and holding a 21-20 lead in both the first and second sets.
• K-State has not lost back-to-back matches this season.
• The Wildcats (7-3 Big 12) are tied with Oklahoma in the Big 12 standings, with both programs looking up at first-place Texas (9-1).
• Texas, which lost to Oklahoma at home on Oct. 25, has bounced back with consecutive road wins (Iowa State, 11/1; Texas Tech, 11/5).
• This will be the second meeting between K-State and Texas this season as the Longhorns swept the Wildcats in Manhattan on Oct. 18.
• K-State has lost 22 straight matches to Texas as well as 12 consecutive contests in Austin.
• Despite Wednesday's loss in Ames, K-State is still off to a strong start in Big 12 play with a 7-3 record.
• It marks the second time in the last three years that K-State has started its Big 12 schedule with a 7-3 record (2012).
• This season is the 10th time in the Big 12 era that K-State started its conference schedule with a 7-3 record or better.
TALE OF THE TAPE
• Friday will be a matchup between two of the Big 12's top teams in conference-only action.
• K-State enters the match third in hitting percentage (.241) while Texas is first (.292).
• In opponent hitting percentage, K-State is also third (.207) while Texas is first (.130).
• K-State holds the edge in kills/set (2nd, 13.67) and assists/set (1st, 12.72) while Texas is fifth (13.32) and sixth (12.29), respectively.
• K-State has out-blocked all Big 12 teams in conference action so far with 3.05/set; Texas is second with 2.99/set.
BREAKING DOWN THE BLOCK
• While Texas leads K-State for the lead in blocks/set for overall matches, the Wildcats pace the conference in blocks for Big 12-only matches.
• K-State has double-digit blocks in each of its last four matches, in eight of its 10 conference matches and in 15 of its 24 total matches this season.
• The Wildcats' 268.5 blocks are the eighth-most across NCAA Division I while their 3.02 blocks/set are 10th-best.
• K-State has also out-blocked its opponents in 21 of the 24 matches this season, including in eight straight contests.
• While the K-State block is powered by Natali Jones (1st in Big 12, 114 blocks) and Katie Reininger (5th, 110), the Wildcats are the only Big 12 team with five different players that have 50 or more blocks this season.
• It is the fifth straight year that five Wildcats have at least 50 blocks and fourth time in the last five years that two Wildcats have 100+ blocks.
• Helping pilot the K-State offense to a .250 hitting percentage this overall season is setter Katie Brand, who leads all Big 12 players with 11.26 assists/set in overall matches.
• Over the last four matches, in which the Wildcats have combined to hit .290, Brand is averaging 12.44 assists/set.
• Across Division I, Brand is 18th in assists/set.
• Brand, who has 1,002 assists this season and 2,058 in her career, is approaching K-State's top-10 in career assists as she is 49 away from tying 10th-place Kristin Martin (2,107 from 1986-89).
• Katie Brand is also approaching a rare feat in K-State history as she needs seven more digs to become just the second Wildcat in program history to have back-to-back seasons with 1,000 assists, 250 digs, 75 kills, 75 blocks and 10 aces.
• The last Wildcat to reach this threshold was Devon Ryning in 1996 and 1997.
• Prior to this season, only five times has a Wildcat posted such totals in assists, digs, kills, blocks and aces: Brand, 2013; Gabby Guerre, 2003; Ryning, 1996 and 1997; and Renee Whitney, 1985.
• Brand is second on the team with 2.73 digs/set this season.
• Freshman Kylee Zumach recorded her 19th match this season with double-digit kills when she led K-State with 13 at Iowa State on Wednesday.
• The outside hitter, who is averaging 4.54 kills/set over the last three matches, leads the Wildcats with 325 kills this year.
• Zumach is just the sixth Wildcat to register 300 kills in a single season as a freshman.
• With three more kills, Zumach would tie Kaitlynn Pelger (328 in 2010) for the most kills by a Wildcat freshman in the rally-scoring era (since 2001).
• The overall K-State record for kills by a freshman is 376, set by Cari Jensen in 2000.
• Zumach is third in the Big 12 with 3.65 kills/set in overall matches.
ON THE BLOCK
• Redshirt senior Natali Jones had a team-high five blocks at Iowa State, giving her 5+ blocks in four straight matches.
• Jones is 13th in Division I with 1.44 blocks/set.
• Sophomore libero Kersten Kober had a match-high 18 digs on Wednesday at Iowa State, her third-straight match and 17th overall match this season with 10+ digs.
• Kober leads K-State with 329 digs this season, which are the most by a Wildcat since 2011 (Kuulei Kabalis, 478 in 126 sets).
• Kober enters Friday sixth in the Big 12 with 3.70 digs/set in overall matches and fifth in conference-only matches with 3.64 digs/set.
• Kober has 48 digs over the last three matches, averaging 3.69/set.
• K-State has already clinched a 20-win season, its third in the last four years.
• 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 17-1 so far this season).
BUMP IN THE ROAD
• Wednesday's defeat at Iowa State on Wednesday snapped K-State's seven-match winning streak in true road matches.
• The streak tied the longest such stretch in school history, a mark first set in 1977 and then matched for the second time in 2003.
• K-State's 7-1 record in true road matches this season is one of only three winning road records among Big 12 teams and trails Texas (8-0) for the best road mark in the conference.
• The Wildcats are 12-2 this season in road/neutral matches (2013: 8-9).
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 in the top-25 for four consecutive weeks.
• As a ranked team this season, K-State is 4-2.
• The Wildcats are one of three ranked Big 12 teams (No. 5 Texas, No. 24 Oklahoma).
IN THE RPI
• K-State moved 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 10-4 record against the top-100 (4 wins vs. top-50) and its four losses are against a team ranked No. 51 or higher.
• K-State trails in the all-time series against Texas, 7-32.
• The Wildcats have lost 22 straight matches to Texas, including the first meeting of the season on Oct. 18 in Manhattan (3-0).
• K-State has been swept by Texas in each of the last five meetings.
• The Wildcats last beat Texas on Oct. 15, 2003 at home (3-2).
• K-State has not won in Austin since Nov. 7, 2001 (3-1).
• The Wildcats are 3-16 all-time in Austin.
• The Wildcats have not beaten a ranked Texas team in Austin since Oct. 9, 1999 (3-1).
• Friday will mark the 18th time K-State and Texas meet when both teams are ranked in the AVCA Division I Coaches Poll (K-State is 2-15 in such meetings).