Notes: K-State, OU Square Off for Second in Big 12
Notes: K-State, OU Square Off for Second in Big 12
K-State (22-6, 9-5 Big 12) at Oklahoma (19-9, 9-5 Big 12)
Location: Norman, Okla.
Arena: McCasland Field House
Oklahoma (Road #11)
Wednesday, Nov. 26 – 7 p.m.
Series: Oklahoma leads, 52-28-1
Last Meeting: K-State won, 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 26-24), on Oct. 22 in Manhattan
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AT A GLANCE
• Following a sweep of TCU last Saturday at home, K-State will play its final road match of the regular season as it heads to Norman to take on Oklahoma on Wednesday, November 26 at 7 p.m.
• The Wildcats, who are 8-2 in true road matches this season, have won back-to-back matches, including a five-set, come-from-behind victory in their last road match on November 15 at Baylor.
• Oklahoma, which lost back-to-back matches on November 12 and 15 at Iowa State and Texas, respectively, has since bounced back, winning each of its last two matches, including a sweep at Texas Tech last Saturday.
• K-State and Oklahoma enter Wednesday tied for second in the Big 12 standings with each team having two conference matches remaining.
• After the Wildcats play at Oklahoma, they will play their final regular season match at home on November 29 vs. West Virginia.
• Oklahoma, meanwhile, will head to Lawrence on Saturday for its season finale against Kansas, which is one match back of the Wildcats and Sooners in the conference standings.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
• With a win at Oklahoma, K-State would secure no worse than a tie for second-place in the Big 12 standings, which would be the Wildcats’ best finish in the conference since they won the Big 12 title in 2003.
• With a loss against the Sooners, K-State would have to win against West Virginia on Saturday to at least have an opportunity to finish in the top-third of the Big 12 standings, something it has not done since 2008 when it finished third.
• If the Wildcats win out the remainder of their matches this week, they would finish in sole possession of second place.
• If K-State splits the remainder of its matches, it could still finish in a two- or three-way tie for second place, depending on Saturday’s result of OU vs. KU.
• The Wildcats, who can finish no worse than a tie for fourth in the Big 12, were picked to finish fifth in the Big 12 Coaches Preseason Poll.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
• For the first time since 2008, K-State has eight wins in true road matches in a season as it holds an 8-2 road record entering Wednesday.
• The Wildcats are one of only three Big 12 teams with a winning road record this season, trailing Texas (10-0) for the best road mark.
• K-State’s five road wins in Big 12 play are already its most since 2008 (7-3).
• K-State has not won nine true road matches in a single campaign since 2003 (10-3).
• The Wildcats’ road/neutral record of 13-3 (.813) is currently their best in school history.
• Kylee Zumach, with her match-high 13 kills last Saturday vs. TCU, established a new K-State record for most kills by a freshman in a season.
• The outside hitter has a team-best 378 kills this year, which surpass the previous Wildcat freshman record of 376 set by Cari Jensen in 2000.
• Zumach’s 378 kills are also the most by any Wildcat since 2011 when Kaitlynn Pelger (500) and Lilla Porubek (417) paced K-State.
• Of Zumach’s 378 kills, 198 are in Big 12 play, which are the most by a Big 12 freshman since Haley Eckerman (Texas) had 218 in 2011.
• Zumach has led K-State in kills in 18 of the 28 matches this season while she has posted double-digit kills in 23 contests, including in each of the last seven.
• Earlier this season, Zumach established the K-State freshman record for kills in a match with 25 vs. Eastern Michigan on Sept. 19.
LAW OF AVERAGES
• Zumach, who established a new personal-best for a Big 12 match with a .321 hitting percentage last Saturday, is hitting .262 on the season.
• The outside hitter is currently third on K-State’s all-time list for best hitting percentage by a freshman (min. 500 attacks), ahead of Kaitlynn Pelger (.254 in 2010) and trailing Kelle Branting (.277 in 1997).
• Shawnee Call (.284, 1985) holds the Wildcat record for best hitting percentage by a freshman.
• Zumach has hit .300 or higher in 13 matches this season, including five Big 12 contests.
• For the entire season, Zumach is at her best in terms of hitting percentage in the second (.292, 102k-26e-260a) and fifth (.386, 21k-4e-44a) sets.
• Among all-time K-State outside hitters with at least 1,000 attacks in a season, Zumach’s .262 hitting percentage is currently the highest since 2005 when Agata Rezende hit .283.
• Katie Brand etched her name in the K-State record book once again as she joined the Triple-Triple Club (100+ kills, assists, digs and/or blocks) after she recorded five kills vs. TCU.
• Brand, who is the first K-State setter since 2007 (Stacey Spiegelberg) and fourth Wildcat setter overall to join the Triple-Triple Club, has 1,162 assists, 284 digs and 101 kills this season.
• Brand’s 101 kills are the most by a K-State setter since Spiegelberg in 2007 while her 284 digs are the most by a Wildcat setter since Caitlyn Donahue had 341 in 2011.
• Among Big 12 setters in overall matches, the redshirt sophomore is second in assists/set (11.17) and first in kills/set (0.97), digs/set (2.73), blocks/set (0.86) and points/set (1.57).
• Last Saturday vs. TCU, Chelsea Keating registered her seventh match this season--fourth in Big 12 play--in which she hit .400 or higher as she tallied a .438 clip.
• The redshirt senior is hitting .311 (61k-20e-132a) over the last six matches while also averaging 2.65 kills/set and 2.65 digs/set.
• Keating has established career-highs this season in kills (216), digs (252), blocks (80) and aces (26) while her current .230 hitting percentage is also a personal-best so far.
• Keating is the only player in the Big 12 this season with 200+ kills, 250+ digs, 80+ blocks and 25+ aces.
• K-State head coach Suzie Fritz needs one more victory to record her 150th career Big 12 win.
• She enters Wednesday with a career conference record of 149-113.
• Fritz is second among active Big 12 coaches with 149 conference wins (Jerritt Elliott, Texas, 215-48) and fourth all-time (leader: Elliott).
• Fritz is K-State’s all-time winningest coach with a career record of 278-153 (.645).
• K-State has registered eight comeback wins this season, including its most recent in its last road match on Nov. 15 at Baylor (3-2).
• The eight come-from-behind wins are tied for the most in a single season in program history.
• The record for most comeback wins in K-State history has now been set three times, all of which have taken place in the last seven years (2008, 2011, 2014).
• The Wildcats have come back from a 2-0 set deficit twice this season (Nov. 1 vs. Texas Tech; Nov. 15 at Baylor), which are their most 2-0 comeback wins since they also had two in ‘08.
• Under head coach Suzie Fritz, K-State has trailed 2-0 96 times and come back to win eight times (five times since 2008).
• K-State is also 7-4 this season when it drops the first set.
AT THE POLLS
• For the second straight week, K-State was outside the top-25 but receiving votes in the AVCA Division I Coaches Poll.
• The Wildcats, who had been ranked for five straight weeks from Oct. 13-Nov. 16, received 40 points in the poll, trailing the 76 points of No. 25 Hawai’i for the final top-25 spot.
• In addition to ranked No. 3 Texas, K-State was among three Big 12 teams receiving votes this week, including KU (32) and Oklahoma (15).
• K-State has been receiving votes in the rankings since Sept. 8, the third poll of the season.
IN THE RPI
• K-State’s RPI ranking was unchanged from last week, staying at No. 18 in this week’s rankings.
• The Wildcats are one of five Big 12 teams ranked in the RPI’s top-25, with the group including No. 2 Texas, No. 12 Iowa State, No. 14 Kansas and No. 22 Oklahoma.
• The Big 12 is the second-highest ranked conference in this week’s RPI.
• K-State is 12-6 against the RPI’s top-100.
• K-State trails in the all-time series vs. Oklahoma, 28-52-1.
• The Wildcats have won the last two meetings against the Sooners, both of which took place in Manhattan.
• K-State has not won at Oklahoma since Oct. 11, 2008 as the Sooners have successfully defended their home floor against the Wildcats in five-straight matches.
• K-State is 11-24 all-time at Oklahoma, including 1-7 since 2006.
• Wildcat head coach Suzie Fritz is 15-12 vs. Oklahoma (6-7 on the road).