Notes: K-State, OU Square Off for Second in Big 12

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Match #29
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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).