Notes: K-State Goes for Sunflower Showdown Sweep

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Match #26
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)
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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.

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).

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).

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.

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.

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).

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.

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).

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).

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.