Notes: K-State Goes for Sunflower Showdown Sweep
Notes: K-State Goes for Sunflower Showdown Sweep
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Ahearn Field House
KU (Home #11)
Wednesday, Nov. 12 - 7 p.m.
Series: K-State leads, 63-45-1
Last Meeting: K-State won, 3-2 (25-19, 23-25, 14-25, 25-22, 15-8), on Oct. 1, 2014 in Lawrence
TV: Cox Channel Kansas (PBP - Brian Smoller; Analyst: Liz Wegner-Busch)
Online Streaming: K-StateHD.TV
Online Streaming: K-StateHD.TV
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Rob Voelker)
Online Audio: Here or www.1350kman.com
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AT A GLANCE
• After back-to-back road losses last week, No. 23 K-State will look to regroup when it faces Sunflower Showdown rival, KU, in Ahearn Field House on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.
• The Wildcats were swept by Iowa State in Ames last Wednesday, and, after taking the first set at #5 Texas, fell in four to the Longhorns last Friday.
• KU arrives in Manhattan having won its last two matches, one at home vs. Baylor last Wednesday and then a four-set win at Texas Tech last Saturday.
• This marks the second meeting between K-State and KU this season as the Wildcats won the first matchup on Oct. 1 in Lawrence, snapping a four-match losing streak to the Jayhawks.
• With three weeks remaining in the regular season, K-State is one match ahead of KU for third-place in the Big 12 standings and one match behind Oklahoma for second-place.
HOME SWEET HOME
• After last week's two road matches, K-State will play at home in Ahearn Field House for the first time since Nov. 1 vs. Texas Tech.
• This season, the Wildcats hold an 8-2 record at home, including wins in each of the last two contests in Ahearn Field House.
• Since 2011, K-State is 40-10 (.800) at home.
• Of K-State's final five regular season matches, three will be at home (Nov. 22, vs. TCU and Nov. 29, vs. West Virginia).
MOVING ON UP
• With the addition of last Friday's 12 kills at Texas, freshman Kylee Zumach set the record for kills in season by a K-State freshman during the rally-scoring era (since 2001).
• Zumach broke the previous record of 328 set by Kaitlynn Pelger in 2010.
• The five-time Big 12 Rookie of the Week leads K-State and all Big 12 freshmen with 337 kills and 3.62 kills/set this season.
• Zumach is just the sixth Wildcat freshman in school history to have 300 kills in a season.
• Her 337 kills are now the most by a Wildcat freshman since Cari Jensen set the class record with 376 in 2000.
• Zumach is approaching Mary Kinsey and her 348 kills from the 1984 season for the fourth-most kills ever by a K-State freshman.
• Kylee Zumach's Texas match with 12 kills was her fourth straight match and 20th match overall this season with double-digit kills.
• Zumach, who had 18 kills at KU earlier this season, is averaging 4.18 kills/set over the last four matches (71k/17s).
• The Buffalo, Minn. native has also hit over .300 in three of the last four matches and in 12 total contests this season.
• Since hitting under .200 in her first two career Big 12 matches, the outside hitter has a combined .241 hitting clip over the last nine matches and .286 over the last four.
• Zumach, an owner of a .262 clip for the entire season, is looking to become just the fourth K-State freshman to hit .250 or higher in a season (min. 500 attacks).
FROM THE BACK ROW
• Redshirt senior Chelsea Keating has become one of the top defenders for K-State as she is averaging 3.41 digs/set over the last four matches.
• Keating has 10+ digs in three of the last four contests and is third on K-State with a career-high 231 digs this season.
• She is also averaging 2.35 kills and 1.18 blocks per set over the last four matches.
BLOCK BY BLOCK
• The K-State defense at the net is one of the top units in the Big 12, tying Texas for the lead with 2.93 blocks/set in conference-only matches.
• The Wildcats are second in the Big 12 and 10th in the country in blocks/set in overall matches with 2.96.
• K-State is 13th in blocks (275.5) in the country.
TOP OF THE BLOCK
• Redshirt senior Natali Jones continues to lead the Big 12 in blocks for overall and conference-only matches with an average of 1.42 and 1.52 blocks/set, respectively.
• For the entire season, Jones is 18th in the country in blocks/set.
• Jones has five or more blocks in four of the last five matches and in nine of the 11 Big 12 matches this season.
• Jones, who leads K-State with 118 total blocks, had 34 career blocks -- and just eight in Big 12 play -- entering this season.
• Redshirt sophomore Katie Brand leads the Big 12 with 16 double-doubles this season, including one in the last match at #5 Texas (43a-11d).
• Brand's 16 double-doubles are tied for the sixth-most in a single season in program history and most since Caitlyn Donahue also had 16 over 31 matches in 2011.
• Katie Brand is 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.
• Entering Wednesday, the setter has 1,045 assists, 254 digs, 83 kills, 83 blocks and 11 aces this season.
• The only other Wildcat to accomplish the feat was Devon Ryning in 1996 and 1997.
• Brand is second on K-State in digs while she is third in blocks.
• Brand leads all Big 12 setters in assists/set, digs, kills and blocks for overall matches.
• 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 18-1 so far this season).
CALL IT A COMEBACK
• This season's win at KU, when it trailed 2-1 in sets, is one of seven comeback wins for K-State in 2014.
• Of the seven come-from-behind wins, three have been recorded in Big 12 play.
• Last year, K-State had five comeback wins, with just one in Big 12 action.
• The seven comeback wins are the most for K-State since it had nine in 2011.
• The Wildcats are 6-3 this season when it drops the first set in a match.
• K-State had a combined six wins over the 2012 and 2013 seasons when it dropped the first.
FIGHTING FOR FIVE
• Including the five-set win at KU earlier this season, K-State is 5-1 in five-set matches this season.
• The six five-set matches are the Wildcats' most since playing in nine (8-1) in 2011.
• Since the start of the 2011 season, K-State is 21-2 in five-set matches.
• The Wildcats have not lost a five-set match to KU since Nov. 16, 1994 (7 straight wins).
AT THE POLLS
• K-State dropped to No. 23 in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, down from last week's No. 23 ranking.
• The Wildcats have been ranked for five consecutive weeks, topping out at No. 22 so far.
• K-State is one three Big 12 teams in this week's poll, led by No. 5 Texas and No. 24 Oklahoma.
• The Wildcats have been ranked in the AVCA Coaches Poll 170 times in program history and 124 times under head coach Suzie Fritz (since 2001).
IN THE RPI
• K-State moved back one spot to No. 16 in this week's RPI rankings, as released by the NCAA.
• The Wildcats are the second highest ranked Big 12 team in the RPI, trailing No. 4 Texas.
• K-State holds a 10-5 record against the top-100 (4 wins vs. top-50) and its five losses are against a team ranked No. 58 or higher.
• K-State leads the all-time series against KU, 63-45-1.
• The Wildcats beat the Jayhawks in five sets in the first meeting this season on Oct. 1 in Lawrence.
• The win snapped a four-match losing streak for K-State against KU.
• Over the last seven years, the team that won the first meeting of the season went on to win the second.
• The two sides have not split a season series since 2006 (KU won the first at home while K-State won the second at home).
• K-State is 28-15 all-time against KU at home.
• In the Big 12 era, K-State is 14-4 against KU in Manhattan; however, over the last three seasons, the Wildcats are 1-2 against the Jayhawks at home.