Wildcats Travel to Take on No. 2 Texas

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State volleyball travels to the Lonestar State on Wednesday to take on the No. 2 Texas Longhorns. The Wildcats catch the Longhorns after their bye weekend as Texas did not play on Saturday. Texas has won both its matches since falling to Iowa State in Ames two weeks ago -- the Longhorns' only loss on the year.

In their previous match with the Longhorns this season, the Wildcats posted a team hitting percentage of .300. It was the highest hitting percentage allowed by the Longhorns, but K-State could not get the upset falling in three sets 20-25, 21-25, 21-25.

K-State looks to get back on the winning track after dropping its last two matches to in-state rival Kansas and No. 8 Iowa State. Those two losses came after the Wildcats posted back-to-back wins for the first time in conference play this season defeating No. 23 Texas A&M in five sets and Texas Tech in four.

On The Airwaves
K-State's match against Texas can be heard on KMAN1350 with Rob Voelker on the call. It can also be heard on the station's Web site www.kman1350.com.The match will also be televised in a number of markets in Texas on Time Warner Cable. Check local listings for the Texas Channel.

Live audio and stats will be available through k-statesports.com for fans wanting to track the action live on the web. An audio only feed is through the Wildcat Audio Package. Stats will also be available at www.texassports.com. Live video will also be provided through UT's Web site.

The Series
The Wildcats are looking to snap an 12-match losing streak to the Longhorns on Wednesday evening as Texas has not lost to K-State since Fritz and her team bested the Longhorns in Manhattan in 2003. K-State has won just three times in Austin with all three coming from 1999-2001.

The two teams met just twice before the inception of the Big 12 Conference, and Texas claimed the first eight meetings with K-State. The Wildcats then won six straight including both matches in Suzie Fritz's first season as head coach. Since then, the Longhorns have lost just once going 14-1 against K-State to hold a 22-7 lead all-time.

The Coaches
Kansas State: Suzie Fritz (Florida Atlantic '94) is in her ninth year as head coach of the Wildcats she is the winningest coach in the program's history in terms of wins (181) and winning percentage (.656).

Texas: Jerritt Elliott (Cal State Northridge '91) has built Texas back into one of the elite programs in the nation. The team's NCAA Semifinals appearance last year was its first since 1995. Elliott is 215-63 in his ninth year at Texas.

Scouting the Longhorns
The Longhorns are ranked No. 2 in the nation and have one of the nation's top hitters and setters. Outside hitter Destinee Hooker leads the Big 12 in kills per set averaging 4.83 per set. Hooker is sixth in the nation in the category and also is third in points per set at 5.75 per set. Hooker was the Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year and has tallied four Player of the Week honors this season.

Engle is a multiple threat player for the Longhorns making the move to setter this year from opposite where she played her first three years with the Longhorns. Engle is left-handed providing the Texas offense with a versatile player at setter than can attack at the front line to keep defenses off balance. She is averaging 1.89 kills, 9.31 assists and hitting .345 on the year. She also digs more than two balls a set.

Sophomore middle blocker Rachel Adams has made a big impact for the Longhorns this season as she leads the team in hitting percentage at an impressive .492. She does not have enough attacks per set to qualify for the Big 12 lead. Adams pounds out 1.74 kills per set and contributes at the net with 1.12 blocks to lead the Longhorns in that category as well. In UT's last match, Adams was nearly perfect tallying seven kills on eight swings.

Another cog in the Longhorns' wheel is senior outside hitter Juliann Faucette as she is second on the team in kills posting 3.27 kills a set and hitting .270. Faucette also digs 1.90 balls a set.

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