VB Notes: Cats Continue Road Swing, Travel to Iowa State

MATCH PREVIEW
OCT 7, 6:30 PM

Hilton Coliseum
Ames, Iowa

NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
9-6 (1-2 Big 12)

NR
IOWA STATE
CYCLONES
9-5 (2-1 Big 12)

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AT A GLANCE

K-State continues its road swing with a midweek matchup at Iowa State on October 7 in Hilton Coliseum.
The Wildcats are coming off a five-set loss at TCU, a match in which they erased a two-set deficit to force the fifth.
K-State has lost two of its first three conference matches in a season for the first time since 2013.
Iowa State has won two of its first three Big 12 matches this season, but the Cyclones are coming off a straight-set loss at the hands of then-No. 3 Texas last Saturday.
K-State has lost seven straight at Iowa State, with its last win occurring in 2007 (3-0 on Oct. 13).


GETTING DEFENSIVE
Junior Kersten Kober became the first K-State libero to earn the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week award since 2009 when she picked up the honor for the period ending October 4.
Kober had 37 digs last Saturday at TCU, the most by a Wildcat in a road match since 1987 (Mary Kinsey - 40 at Drake).
The 37 digs are the third-most by a Wildcat in any match and four shy of tying the all-time record set by Lauren Mathewson in 2009 vs. Texas A&M.
The 37 digs are also the most by any Big 12 player this season and most in a conference match since October 22, 2014 (Iowa State’s Caitlin Nolan, 43, vs. KU).
The honor was the first of Kober’s career.
It was also the fifth time a K-State libero has picked up the weekly award since its inception in 2007.


MORE KOBER
Kersten Kober is helping lead a K-State back row with a team-best 264 digs and 4.47 digs/set.
The 4.47 digs/set in overall matches is the fifth-best average in the Big 12.
Her 6.42 digs/set in conference-only matches are the best in the Big 12.
Entering the season, Kober, in her second year as the Wildcat starting libero, averaged 3.05 digs/set in overall matches in her career and 3.14 in conference play.
The 37 digs at TCU extended her streak of six straight matches with 15 or more digs.
She has 15 or more digs in nine of the 15 contests this season.
She also has five 20-dig efforts, including four in the last six matches.
Kober is eighth in program-history with eight career 20-dig matches and fourth with a pair of 30-dig efforts.


DEFENDING THE BACK ROW
With the help of Kober, K-State is among the nation’s leaders in digs, ranking 23rd in Division I with 16.63 per set.
The Wildcats lead the Big 12 in digs/set in overall matches as well as in conference-only action (16.83).
K-State had 84 digs in last Saturday’s five-set match at TCU, including 29 in the third set.
It was the third time K-State had 29 or more digs in a set this season (Last: Sept. 23 at KU, set 4).
In addition to Kober, K-State features two other Wildcats in the Big 12’s top-10 for digs/set in overall matches: Katie Brand and Bryna Vogel, who are both tied for ninth with 3.0/set.
The Wildcats are the only team with multiple players in the Big 12’s top-10 for digs/set.


FLOWERS DEBUT
Taking the floor for the first time this season, Macy Flowers totaled 11 kills on a .360 hitting percentage as well as three blocks last Saturday at TCU.
The freshman’s 11 kills were the most by a Wildcat in her K-State debut since 2009 when Kathleen Ludwig had 18 on August 28 vs. Minnesota.
Flowers’ .360 attack percentage, meanwhile, was the best in a K-State debut since last year when current teammate Kylee Zumach had a .400 hitting percentage, and 10 kills, at Green Bay on August 29.
Flowers was perfect on her first four attempts in the TCU match and had three kills in each of the first three sets.


BALANCED ATTACK
Macy Flowers was one of four Wildcats with double-digit kills in the TCU match, which was the fifth time this season K-State had four attackers with 10+ kills in a match.
The Wildcats currently have four players with 150 or more kills this season, led by Brooke Sassin (217) and followed by Katie Reininger (156), Bryna Vogel (154) and Alyssa Schultejans (150).
K-State is the only Big 12 team entering this week with four attackers totaling at least 150 kills as well as averaging 2.6 or more kills/set.
As a team, K-State is seventh in the country, and second in the Big 12, with 14.46 kills/set.


DOUBLE DOUBLE
With 57 assists and 12 digs, redshirt junior Katie Brand registered her Big 12-leading 10th double-double of the season last Saturday at TCU.
The setter now has 10 or more double-doubles in three seasons, a first for a Wildcat since Gabby Guerre from 2002-04.
Brand has 41 career double-doubles, which are the sixth-most in program history. 
She trails Guerre (43) for fifth on the all-time list.
Last season, Brand had 20 double-doubles, which are the third-most by a Wildcat in a single-season.


27 AND COUNTING
Brand is one of three Wildcats who form a trio that paces the Big 12 in double-doubles this season.
Junior Brooke Sassin is second with nine while sophomore Bryna Vogel is third with seven.
Vogel had a double-double last Saturday at TCU, totaling a Big 12 career-high 13 kills and 15 digs.
Sassin’s nine double-doubles are the most by a Wildcat outside hitter since Rita Liliom (11) in 2008.
As a team, K-State has 27 double-doubles (Katie Reininger, 1), which already matches last year’s total.


A-SASSIN
Brooke Sassin led K-State with 18 kills last Saturday at TCU, her personal-best in a Big 12 match.
The outside hitter has paced the Wildcats or tied for the lead in kills in 10 of the 15 matches this season.
She leads the team with 217 kills while her 3.68 kills/set in overall matches are the fourth-best in the conference.
Sassin also had 20.5 points at TCU, making it the fifth time this year she had 20 or more points in a match.
Sassin is fourth in the Big 12 with an average of 4.08 points in overall matches.
Last year, Sassin only reached the 20-point mark once (Sept. 12 at Southern Illinois).


RPI RANKINGS
In the first official RPI rankings of the season, K-State checked in at No. 51.
The Wildcats have played four non-conference opponents in this week’s top-50, including No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 20 Creighton, No. 28 Arkansas and No. 42 Miami.
K-State is 1-5 against this week’s top-50, with the one win being over No. 32 Baylor on September 26.
Wednesday’s opponent, Iowa State, is ranked No. 24 this week.


IOWA STATE SERIES
K-State trails in the all-time series against Iowa State, 39-47.
The Wildcats and Cyclones have split the season series over the last three campaigns, with both sides winning their respective home matches.
K-State lost the last meeting, a 3-0 decision in Ames, on November 5, 2014.
The Wildcats’ last win against Iowa State was last year on October 8, beating the Cyclones in four in Manhattan.
K-State has not won in Ames since 2007 and is 14-23 all-time at Iowa State.
The two teams have not played a five-set match since 2008 when the Cyclones beat the Wildcats in Ames on October 22.
Eleven of the last 13 matches have been decided in straight sets.