Notes: Wildcats End Regular Season vs. West Virginia

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Match #30
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Ahearn Field House

West Virginia (Home #13)
Saturday, Nov. 29 - 8 p.m.
Series: K-State leads, 4-1
Last Meeting: K-State won, 3-2 (27-29, 25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 15-12), on Oct. 25 in Morgantown
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AT A GLANCE
With the NCAA Tournament on the horizon next weekend, K-State will wrap up its 2014 regular season this Saturday, November 29 when it takes on West Virginia at 8 p.m. in Ahearn Field House.
The Wildcats enter the regular season finale in a three-way tie for third in the Big 12 standings after they lost at Oklahoma this past Wednesday, 3-1.
K-State is tied with Kansas (vs. Oklahoma this Saturday) and Iowa State (vs. Baylor) in the Big 12 while Oklahoma is one match ahead with a 10-5 conference record.
West Virginia enters its final match of the regular season with a 15-14 record (5-10 Big 12), having lost six of its last eight matches.
The Wildcats won the first meeting against the Mountaineers this season, a five-set victory in Morgantown on Oct. 25.

SENIOR NIGHT
Saturday will represent the final home match of the careers of four Wildcats as K-State will honor Taylor Johnson, Natali Jones, Chelsea Keating and Gina Madonia after the match for Senior Night.
Johnson, a two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree, has played in more than 70 matches in her career and accumulated 270 career kills (1.53/set) and 195 blocks (1.10/set).
Jones, who was named the AVCA National Player of the Week back in October, has enjoyed a breakout campaign as a senior, posting career-highs in kills, blocks and aces to help her total 205 kills, 172 blocks and 10 aces in her three-year K-State career.
Keating, a two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree, has played in every set as a senior and more than 230 sets in her career, posting career-highs in kills, digs, blocks and aces this season.
Madonia, who has been named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team three times, has played in nearly every K-State match over the last four years and totaled 525 digs and 31 aces in 350 career sets played.

REGULAR SEASON FINALE
Entering Saturday with a 22-7 overall record, including 9-6 in conference, K-State is looking to set some high-water marks for the last six years.
The Wildcats already have their most wins in a regular season since 2008 (24-7; 24-8 overall), but a win on Saturday would mark just the second time in the last 11 seasons that K-State registered 23 wins in a regular season.
K-State could also notch its most conference wins since 2008, when it went 14-6 (3rd in the Big 12), with a win against West Virginia.
K-State's 20-win campaign this year is its 10th in 14 years under head coach Suzie Fritz and 15th in the last 20 seasons.
The Wildcats have posted double-digit conference wins 12 times in the Big 12 era (since 1996), including seven times under Fritz.

PROTECT THE HOUSE
The Wildcats are 9-3 at home this season, helping them go 41-11 (.788) in Manhattan since the start of the 2011 season.
If K-State were to win this Saturday, it would mark the fourth-straight season that the Wildcats had 10 or more home wins in a campaign.
K-State has not lost four home matches in a season since 2007 (12-4).
Since 2000, the Wildcats are 158-54 (.745) at home, posting a winning record in 13 of those 15 seasons and averaging 10.5 victories per year.
The Wildcats have never lost to West Virginia at home, sweeping the Mountaineers in both of the previous two meetings.

BLOCK IT UP
After not posting double-digit blocks in its previous four matches, K-State broke out for 18.5 blocks on Wednesday at Oklahoma, its second-most blocks in any match this season.
The 18.5 blocks are the third-most ever by the Wildcats in a four-set match during the rally-scoring era and sixth-most ever in a four-set match in program history.
K-State has 10 or more blocks in nine Big 12 matches this season and 16 matches overall.
The Wildcats are second in the Big 12 with 2.84 blocks/set in conference-only matches.
For the entire season, the Wildcats are also second in the Big 12--and top-20 in the country--with an average of 2.91 blocks/set.
K-State's 314.0 blocks this year are its most in a season since 2008 (320.0).
The last time K-State had more than 320 blocks was in 2007 when it had a program-best 357.5.

TOP OF THE BLOCK
The K-State block is powered by its two starting middle blockers, one of which is redshirt senior Natali Jones.
For overall matches, Jones enters Saturday second in the Big 12 with 1.42 blocks/set, which trails Molly McCage of Texas (1.43) for the lead.
In conference-only matches, Jones is also second, averaging 1.50 blocks/set and trailing McCage's 1.52/set.
Jones' current season average of 1.42 blocks/set would fall in K-State's all-time top-five for highest blocks average.
Jones' blocks/set average is currently the highest by a Wildcat since 2007 when Kelsey Chipman averaged 1.47/set.
The 138 total blocks by Jones this season are the most by a Wildcat since Alex Muff had 145 (1.31/set) in 2010.
Jones entered this year with 34 career blocks and a career average of 0.92/set (now 1.28).

BLOCK PARTY
K-State's other starting middle blocker is Katie Reininger, who has 124 total blocks and 1.19/set this season.
Reininger is among the Big 12's top-10 in blocks/set for overall (5th) and conference-only matches (8th, 1.07).
This season marks the second time in the last four years that two Wildcats had 120 or more blocks (Last: 2011, Kaitlynn Pelger - 121 and Alex Muff - 122).
The 262 combined blocks by Jones and Reininger are the most by a pair of Wildcats since 2008 when Megan Farr (151) and Kelsey Chipman (134) combined for 285 total blocks.

KILLS LEADER
Freshman Kylee Zumach, already the K-State record holder for most kills by a freshman, is looking to become the first Wildcat since 2011 to total 400 kills in a season.
Zumach enters Saturday with a team-best 389 kills, which are the fourth-most in the Big 12.
Zumach has registered 10 or more kills in 24 matches this season, including in each of the last eight.
The outside hitter's streak of eight consecutive matches with double-digit kills started on Oct. 25 at West Virginia when she had 24 on 59 attempts (.305 hitting pct.).
Zumach needs 14 more kills this season to crack K-State's top-10 for most kills in a campaign during the rally-scoring era as she would tie Lauren Goehring (403 in 2003) for 10th.

RARE FEAT
Redshirt sophomore Katie Brand is closing in on a rare feat in K-State history: the Quadruple-Triple Club.
Brand needs six more blocks this season to post 100 or more in each kills (107), assists (1,198), digs (295) and blocks (94).
Three Wildcats currently occupy K-State's Quadruple-Triple Club: Stacey Spiegelberg (`07), Gabby Guerre (`03) and Renee Whitney (`85).

CARDIAC CATS
K-State has registered eight comeback wins this season, including its most recent 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, a mark that now has been set three times (2008, 2011, 2014).
K-State is 7-4 this season when it drops the first set and 19-0 when it wins the second.

EYEING 150
K-State head coach Suzie Fritz (149-114) needs one more victory to record her 150th career Big 12 win.
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 278-154 (.644).

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 12-7 against the RPI's top-100.

WEST VIRGINIA SERIES
K-State leads the all-time series against West Virginia, 4-1 (2-0 at home).
The Wildcats hold the advantage in sets, 13-5.