Notes: Wildcats End Regular Season vs. West Virginia
Notes: Wildcats End Regular Season vs. West Virginia
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
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Rob Voelker)
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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.
• 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).
• 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.
• 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.
• 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).
• 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.
• 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.