No. 12 Cats Trek to Waco to Face Baylor

MANHATTAN, Kan. - No. 12 Kansas State will make its third trip to the Lone Star State when the Wildcats travel to Waco, Texas, to take on the Baylor Bears on Sat., Nov. 10th at noon. The 19-7 Cats, who swept the Bears in a 3-0 decision at Ahearn Field House, will fight for their third straight win over Baylor, who sits at 14-12 overall and 6-9 in the Big 12 Conference.

Each of the teams was forced into five-game matches in its midweek event, but each found a different result as K-State defeated Texas A&M and Baylor lost to Iowa State. The Cats improved their league record to 11-5 when they finished the Aggies in games of 30-19, 30-27, 30-32, 28-30, 15-10. The Bears fell short of the Cyclones in scores of 20-30, 33-31, 27-30, 30-25, 14-16.

Saturday’s match can be followed through live stats linked on Kansas State’s official athletic website, Radio will not be available of the KSU-BU contest. A complete recap will be posted at following the match’s completion.

At Stake
Kansas State is ranked 12th, its highest rank of the season... K-State is 6-4 in the last 10 contests with the losses being handed to the Cats from ranked squads  and when K-State hits less than .200... K-State has an 7-3 road record while being 6-2 in Big 12 away matches... K-State’s nation-leading ace streak continues and sits at 281 straight matches of at least one service ace... The Wildcats have six matches of 10 or more aces this year... K-State won the first match against Baylor to mark the third-straight victory over the Bears... The last KSU road win over Baylor was Oct. 15, 2005, in a 3-2 score... K-State’s last road loss in Waco was Sept. 13, 2006, in four games... The Wildcats lead the series 18-6 and are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings... The Cats are 7-4 when playing at Baylor, while Suzie Fritz is 11-2 all-time against the Bears... K-State is 18-1 against unranked teams in 2007... The Cats have held 16 of their last 19 opponents under .250 hitting.

Kansas State Pre-Match Report
Kansas State, currently ranked 12th in the nation, will look to end the season with a string of wins with four matches remaining. The Wildcats rebounded at home after dropping a five-game match to No. 2 Nebraska as K-State broke through to win its third five-game contest of the year.The Cats had career nights from three members to push through a game two and three slump and defeat the Texas A&M Aggies 3-2 (30-19, 30-27, 30-32, 28-30, 15-10).

Nataly Korobkova converted for 27 kills to mark a new career high, besting her effort from her Wildcat debut of 26 kills against Cal Poly. The junior hitter finished the night with .368 hitting in addition to two service aces, nine digs and seven blocks. Megan Farr added huge numbers for the offense as she notched a career-high 20 kills on 34 attempts with only two errors for .529 hitting. Stacey Spiegelberg finished with 79 assists to improve her career high by 12 assists; she reached her previous career-high of 67 on two occasions in 2005.

Adding defensive numbers was Angie Lastra with 29 digs, marking her 100th career match of 10 or more. Five other Wildcats tallied five or more digs, including eight from Lauren Rosenthal and seven by Lauren Mathewson. In blocks, Kelsey Chipman led on the night with eight while Farr added five.

Other notable stats include 15 kills from Chipman, 12 by Jenny Jantsch and a dozen from Rita Liliom. With five K-State members finishing with over 10 kills, the Cats had 92 total kills on 201 attempts for a hitting percentage of .303. Liliom also put up two of the Wildcats’ seven service aces.

On the year, Korobkova has been K-State’s primary scorer with 417 kills and 505.0 points. The Krasnoyarsk, Russia, native averages 4.53 kills per game on .243 hitting. She is second in service aces with 34 and an average of 0.37. With the Texas A&M match, she became the third Wildcat to have over 100 blocks on the year with 106 (two solo, 104 assisted) and average 1.15 per game.

Liliom, KSU’s outside hitter, has 339 kills with a .232 hitting percentage, while she average 3.53 kills per game. Chipman and Farr each have over 200 kills as Chipman has 246 (2.56 kpg) and Farr has contributed 233 (2.43 kpg). The duo leads in blocks with Chipman putting back 140 (11 solo, 129 assisted) and Farr having 129 (13 solo, 116 assisted).

Spiegelberg has put together 1282 assists on the year with an average of 13.35 apg. She remains atop the aces category with 35 (0.36 sapg), but has a string of four matches without one when she had 13 consecutive-matches earlier this year.

Lastra sits with 455 digs on the year, tying for sixth most in a single season in school history. She averages 4.74 digs per game to sit at second in the conference. The senior has also tallied 25 aces with an average of 0.26 per game.

Kansas State averages 16.23 kills per game while hitting at .260 percent. The Wildcats sits at fourth in the conference for percentage while Texas paces the Big 12 with .340 hitting. K-State is third in kills behind Nebraska (18.08 kpg) and Texas (17.21 kpg). Spiegelberg provides for K-State’s 15.28 assists per game average which ranks third in the conference (NU: 16.69; UT: 16.07). The Cats continue to lead in aces per game as they have 188 total with an average of 1.96, ahead of Nebraska at 1.65 sapg. With 2.95 blocks per game, K-State is behind Texas (3.39), Iowa State (3.35) and Baylor (2.99) at fourth.

Scouting Report: Baylor
The Baylor Bears have put together a winning record of 14-12 overall this season, but sit at 6-9 in the Big 12 Conference while being 5-6 at home; 3-4 Big 12. Prior to Big 12 start, the Bears had a record of 7-3, similar to the 7-4 record Baylor took into the last KSU-BU match. K-State marked the first ranked opponent for Baylor and the second-consecutive loss to start conference play.

Since the first meeting between the Cats and Bears, Baylor has gone 7-7, including a period of five-straight victories. The Bears will enter Saturday’s match with two-consecutive Big 12 losses, both while being on the road in five games. They lost at Missouri (21-30, 30-25, 31-29, 22-30, 13-15) and at Iowa State (20-30, 33-31, 27-30, 30-25, 14-16).

Baylor notched 72 kills on .162 hitting against the Cyclones and were led by Katie Sanders, who finished the night with a double-double. Sanders converted for 20 kills and dished out 17 digs. Ashlie Christenson and Anna Breyfogle each added 17 kills, while Haley Thomas put down 10. Setter Taylor Barnes had a second Bear double-double as she notched 61 assists and 16 digs. Sarah Grace led in digs with 22 and Kelsey Smith recorded 11.

The conference’s number three blocking team knocked down 14 against Iowa State with contribution from six Bears who all had multiple blocks on the night. Amanda Modglin led all with eight, Breyfogle had six and Thomas, Sanders and Christenson put together four each.

The .237 hitting Bears are led by Katie Sanders who has 419 kills in 99 games to average 4.23 per game. She ranks sixth in the conference while Baylor as a team is seventh. Breyfogle is second on the team with 274 kills (2.88 kpg) and first in hitting at .347, which is good for 10th in the Big 12. Breyfogle comes up big in the blocks category, sitting atop the conference, with an average of 1.58 bpg, to lead Kelsey Chipman (1.46 bpg). Breyfogle as 18 solo blocks at 152 assisted for 150 on the year.

Barnes has 1192 assists for Baylor through 99 games and averages 12.04 per game. She ranks sixth in the conference on a team that is seventh with 14.20 per game.

Four Bears have over 200 digs during the 2007 season, while Grace leads with 388. Grace is fourth in the Big 12 with 4.22 per game as BU is also fourth with 16.21 per game. Also with over 300 digs is Sanders, who has 308 with an average of 3.11.

Flashback: vs. Baylor
K-State Dominates Baylor in Three Games
Sept. 15, 2007
MANHATTAN, Kan. The 19th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats stormed past the Baylor Bears Saturday with a 3-0 win after hitting .426, the highest percentage against a Big 12 opponent since Oct. 1, 2005. In addition, the Cats tallied 13 service aces to earn the victory by scores of 30-16, 30-16, 30-20. K-State improves to 10-2 on the season with a 2-0 conference record, while the Bears fall to 7-5; 0-2 Big 12.

For the fourth time in the last five matches, junior middle blocker Megan Farr hit over .500, as she finished the afternoon with 10 kills on .533 hitting. She also put back K-State’s single solo block. Junior Nataly Korobkova had a match-high 13 kills and finished with three service aces.

Senior Stacey Spiegelberg had a career high six service aces; she previously notched five against Texas Tech in 2006. The Overland Park, Kan., native recorded 46 of the team’s 49 assists.

Defensively, Korobkova and Kelsey Chipman had a hand in three blocks assists each. Angie Lastra led the Cats in digs for the sixth straight match as she dished out 10. Korobkova added seven, while Lauren Rosenthal contributed six digs.

Baylor was held to a .156 hitting percentage with 32 kills and 17 errors on 96 attempts. Anna Breyfogle led in kills with nine, while assists leader Taylor Barnes had 25 assists and one service ace.

Cats and Bears Comparison
Kansas State and Baylor have had different results during conference play, as the Wildcats are 11-5 and Baylor sits at 6-9. The following are averages from each squad through Big 12 matches only:

Category          K-State     BU
Hitting %          .253         .226
Opp. %            .193         .238
Assists            15.48      13.62
Kills                  16.31      14.59
Blocks              2.86        2.84
Service Aces   1.85        1.33
Digs                  15.03     15.17

Record Night
When Kansas State defeated Texas A&M in five on Wednesday night, the team and a number of individuals placed themselves into the school record books. As a team, K-State earned three match top-five performances, including scoring the most amount of points in a single match as the Wildcats finished with 112. 5. With 86 assists, the match is the fourth most for a five-game event, while 92 kills ties for the fourth most in five games.

Nataly Korobkova and Stacey Spiegelberg put their name in the match record books. Korobkova tallied 32.5 points against the Aggies to mark the fourth most in a five-game match. With Spiegelberg’s career high 79 assists, the number ties for the fifth most in a five-game match.

The night also marked Korobkova’s induction into the Triple-Triple Club as she was in need of a single block to earn triple digit blocks on the year. The junior now has 417 kills, 171 digs and 106 blocks. With her career high of 27 kills, she notched her eighth 20-kill match to tie for sixth most in a season and eighth most in a career. Spiegelberg was in need of 62 assists going into the match against the Aggies and earned a career-high 79 to pull into 10th place for most assists in a season. Kelsey Chipman needed two blocks to tie for 10th for block assists in a season and finished the night with seven to move into a tie for ninth.