Notes: No. 23 K-State Looks to Bounce Back at Baylor
Notes: No. 23 K-State Looks to Bounce Back at Baylor
Location: Waco, Texas
Arena: Ferrell Center
Baylor (Road #10)
Saturday, Nov. 15 - 7 p.m.
Series: K-State leads, 25-13
Last Meeting: Baylor won, 3-2 (13-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12), on Sept. 27, 2014 in Manhattan
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AT A GLANCE
• No. 23 K-State, in the midst of its longest losing streak since 2012, will look to recover from Wednesday's loss vs. Kansas when it takes on Baylor in Waco on Saturday, November 15 at 7 p.m.
• The Wildcats, which lost in straight sets to the Jayhawks, are on a three-match losing streak, their longest since they lost four straight to end the 2012 season.
• Baylor, which is in the middle of a four-match homestand, won its match earlier this week against TCU but has lost two of its last three contests.
• K-State lost to Baylor in five sets in the first meeting of the season on Sept. 27 in Manhattan.
• The Wildcats are in a tie for third with Kansas in the Big 12 standings, trailing Oklahoma by one match, while Baylor is seventh.
APPROACHING RECORD TERRITORY
• Kylee Zumach led K-State with 14 kills in the match vs. Kansas, giving her a team-best 351 kills on the season.
• The outside hitter's 351 kills are the fourth-most ever by a Wildcat freshman as she passed Mary Kinsey (348 in 1984) on Wednesday.
• Zumach already holds the rally-scoring era record for most kills by a freshman in a season.
• The overall K-State record for kills by a freshman is 376, set by Cari Jensen in 2000.
• Liz Wegner (370, 1998) and Abbie Brown (374, 1996) are also ahead of Zumach on the list.
• Zumach is averaging 3.66 kills/set in overall matches, which is the third-best mark in the Big 12.
• In conference-only matches, Zumach is fifth in the Big 12 with 3.72 kills/set.
• Zumach has double-digit kills in 21 matches this season, including in each of the last five contests.
WITH THE ASSIST
• Katie Brand had 34 assists against Kansas on Wednesday, giving her 1,079 assists this season.
• The redshirt sophomore is now ninth in the K-State record book for career assists with 2,135.
• Brand needs seven more assists to tie Leslie Kull (1986-89) for eighth on the all-time list.
• Brand is averaging 11.24 assists/set this season, which is the second-best mark in the Big 12 and 18th-best in NCAA Division I.
• Over the last six matches, Brand is averaging 12.0 assists/set, as well as 1.13 kills/set, 2.22 digs/set and 0.70 blocks/set.
• While Brand has piloted the K-State offense to a .248 hitting percentage this season, which would be the highest by K-State since 2008, the setter has also recorded 16 double-doubles.
• Brand, who is tied with Baylor's Andie Malloy for the Big 12 lead in double-doubles, has two double-doubles in the last five matches, with the last being on Nov. 7 at #5 Texas.
• Brand is tied for sixth in K-State history with 16 double-doubles in a season, which are the most since Caitlyn Donahue also had 16 in 2011.
• With her next double-double, Brand would tie Devon Ryning (1997) for fifth on K-State's list of most double-doubles in a campaign.
• Brand also has 27 career double-doubles.
CHIP OFF THE OL' BLOCK
• K-State, which is second in the Big 12 and 13th in the nation with 2.92 blocks/set, has four different players with 75 or more blocks this season -- the only team in the Big 12 to stake that claim.
• Prior to this season, the last time K-State had four players with 75 blocks was 2007, which is the same year the Wildcats set the program record with 357.5 total blocks as a team.
• K-State is 11th in the country with 280.5 total blocks this year.
• Katie Reininger notched her ninth double-digit kill effort on Wednesday vs. Kansas, totaling 10 kills on 16 errorless attempts for a .625 clip.
• It was the third straight match in which Reininger hit above .333 as the middle blocker has a combined .455 (23k-3e-44a) hitting percentage over the three-match stretch.
• Wednesday also marked the first time all season Reininger went errorless in a match.
• The redshirt sophomore is hitting .293 in Big 12 play, which is the ninth-best clip in the conference entering Saturday.
• In her last five matches, Reininger is averaging 2.6 kills/set (52k/20s).
• Chelsea Keating, who had seven kills and six digs on Wednesday vs. Kansas, has been all over the court in the month of November.
• In the last four matches, the redshirt senior is averaging 2.73 kills/set, 3.07 digs/set, 0.93 blocks/set and 0.13 aces/set.
• Since November 1, Keating is second on the team in kills (41) -- hitting .299 -- and digs (46) while she is third in blocks (14).
• Keating enters this weekend's action as the only player in the Big 12 with 175+ kills, 200+ digs, 75+ blocks and 25+ aces.
• Kersten Kober had double-digit digs for the fifth straight match on Wednesday as the sophomore is averaging 3.9 digs/set over the stretch.
• Kober, who had 17 digs vs. Kansas, has 17 or more digs in three of the last four matches, with two of those efforts coming in three-set contests.
• The libero has 19 matches with 10+ digs this year and three with 20+ digs.
• Her 359 digs this season are the most by a Wildcat since 2011 (Kuulei Kablis, 478).
2015 RECRUITING CLASS
• K-State announced its 2015 recruiting class earlier this week, which includes outside hitter Alyssa Schultejans (Silver Lake, Kansas) and middle blocker Macy Flowers (Chanute, Kansas).
• Schultejans, named an Under Armour High School Second Team All-American this year, holds the Kansas state record for all high school levels with 1,985 career kills.
• Schultejans led Silver Lake High School to back-to-back 3A state championships over the last two seasons.
• She was also named the Class 3A Player of the Year in 2013 and first team all-state in 2012 and 2013.
• Flowers was named an Under Armour High School All-American Honorable Mention after she tallied 509 kills on a .386 hitting percentage and 219 digs for Chanute High School this year.
• Flowers was named first team all-state for Class 4A-Division I in 2013 after she helped lead Chanute to a third-place finish at the state tournament with 413 kills and 113 blocks over the course of the season.
FIGHTING FOR FIVE
• This season's five-set loss to Baylor is the only defeat in five sets for K-State this year as the Wildcats are 5-1 in such contests.
• The six five-set matches are the Wildcats' most since playing in nine (8-1) in 2011.
• The six five-set matches are also tied for the most among Big 12 teams (Oklahoma, 2-4, and Texas Tech, 5-1).
• Since the start of the 2011 season, K-State is 21-2 in five-set matches.
• Both of the losses over the four-year stretch are to Baylor (Oct. 29, 2011 in Waco).
• The last five-set win for K-State against Baylor was on Oct. 25, 2008 in Waco.
AT THE POLLS
• K-State dropped to No. 23 in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, down from last week's No. 22 ranking.
• The Wildcats have been ranked for five consecutive weeks, topping out at No. 22.
• 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.
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 10-6 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 Baylor, 25-13.
• The Wildcats dropped the first meeting of the season between the two programs, a five-set defeat at home on Sept. 27.
• K-State has lost two of the last three matches against Baylor.
• Since 2009, K-State is 1-4 at Baylor.
• All-time, the Wildcats are 10-8 against the Bears in Waco.
• K-State's last win at Baylor was on Sept. 29, 2012 (3-1).
• The Wildcats own the advantage in the series since 2011, holding a 4-3 record vs. Baylor.