Cats Head to Norman for Matchup with Sooners


GAME PREVIEW
OCT 15, 6:00 PM CT

McCasland Field House
Norman, Okla.

RV
K-STATE
WILDCATS
14-5 (3-3 Big 12)

NR
OKLAHOMA
SOONERS
12-7 (3-3 Big 12)

SoonerSports.TV
1350 KMAN

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State volleyball team hits the road for the second straight match as it heads to Norman, Oklahoma, for a meeting with the Oklahoma Sooners. K-State swept the season series a year ago and have won four of the last five against OU.

K-State (14-5, 3-3 Big 12) is 30-53-1 all-time against Oklahoma (12-7, 3-3) and the Sooners enter the match on a three-match winning streak.

For fans traveling to Oklahoma, admission to the 6 p.m., match is free to all. The match is also available online at SoonerSports.TV (paid service). Fans can listen to Rob Voelker call the match on local radio at 1350 KMAN and at k-statesports.com.

 

AT A GLANCE

·         Kansas State travels for Norman, Oklahoma, for its second straight conference road match Saturday at 6 p.m.

·         K-State and Oklahoma each enter the match 3-3 in Big 12 play, with OU winners of three straight.

·         The Wildcats have taken four of the last five matches from the Sooners.

·         K-State is second (.257) in the Big 12 while Oklahoma (.255) is third in the conference in team hitting percentage.

·         K-State is 7-3 in its last 10 matches while Oklahoma is 4-6.

·         The match can be seen online at SoonerSports.TV and fans can listen to the match on local radio at 1350 KMAN and at k-statesports.com.

 

LAST TIME OUT

·         K-State fell to in-state rival No. 6 Kansas in three sets, 25-15, 25-20, 25-23.

·         Sophomore outside hitter led the Wildcats with a season-high 14 kills, hitting .310.

·         Bryna Vogel registered her seventh match of the season hitting at least .400 as she had eight kills on 20 attempts without an error.

·         It was K-State’s fourth match this season against a top-10 ranked opponent (1-3).

 

A LOOK AT K-STATE

·         Kansas State (14-5, 3-3 Big 12) heads to Norman, Oklahoma, having won two of its last three conference matches.

·         K-State is receiving votes in the AVCA top 25 poll for the third straight week.

·         The Wildcats have been ranked or received votes in the poll in six consecutive weeks, peaking at a No. 23 ranking.

·         K-State is 11-0 this season when winning the first set.

·         In the NCAA’s first RPI release of the season, K-State comes in at No. 16 - the second highest of any Big 12 team (3. Texas).

·         All five of K-State’s losses have been to teams either currently ranked or receiving votes in the AVCA top 25.

·         K-State has registered more kills than its opponent in 10 of the last 12 matches.

·         Setter Katie Brand ranks No. 4 in the nation and is the Big 12’s leader with 11.879assists per set.

·         Kansas State leads the Big 12 in team kills/set with 14.31, which ranks 13th nationally.

·         The team’s 13.70 assists/set are tops in the conference and fourth-best in the NCAA.

·         K-State has never finished a season in which it led the conference in team kills/set or assists/set.

·         Overall, K-State ranks in the top three of the Big 12 in 12 major team statistical categories.

 

A LOOK AT OKLAHOMA

·         Oklahoma enters the match with an overall record of 12-7 and 3-3 in the Big 12 and are currently on a three-match winning streak.

·         OU’s three-match win streak comes immediately after a six-match losing streak.

·         The Sooners’ Micaela Spann is the Big 12’s efficiency leader at .420 (143k-27e-276ta).

·         OU ranks third in the Big 12 with a team hitting percentage of .250, but hit just .199 in conference matches, ranking eighth.

 

A LOOK AT THE SERIES

·         Oklahoma leads the all-time series, 53-30-1, dating back to 1975.

·         The Sooners own a 25-12 advantage in Norman, last winning a four-set decision in 2014.

·         K-State has won four of the last five matchups, including taking both meetings a season ago.

·         K-State’s three-set win in 2015 snapped a six-match losing streak in Norman.

·         The Wildcats are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings on the road.

·         Head coach Suzie Fritz is 17-13 against OU in her career and 8-7 all-time at Oklahoma.

 

ROAD WARRIORS

·         This will be the first time this season that Kansas State has had consecutive true road matches and are 3-2 away from home this season.

·         K-State has five players averaging over 2.40 kills/set on the road: Schultejans (3.50), Vogel (2.88), Zumach (2.79), Sassin (2.62) and Reininger (2.44).

·         Katie Brand averages 3.94 digs/set on the road, 1.30 per set better than at home (2.64).

·         The Wildcats average 18.00 digs/set on the road compared to 15.87 digs/set at home.

·         The Cats also have more blocks/set (2.72-2.33) on the road compared to home matches and aces/set (1.25-1.23).

 

TOP OF THE BIG 12

·         K-State ranks in the top three of the Big 12 in 10 major team statistical categories, including being the top team in kills/set (14.31) and assists/set (13.70).

·         K-State has never finished as the conference’s leader in team kills/set or assists/set.

·         Senior middle blocker Katie Reininger ranks third in the Big 12 in conference matches, hitting .370 through six league matches.

·         Senior Katie Brand averages 11.73 assists/set to lead the conference in Big 12 matches.

·         Bryna Vogel (3.91 - 4th) and Kersten Kober (3.85 - 5th) rank in the top 10 in digs/set in conference matches.

 

BRAND RECOGNITION

·         Redshirt senior setter Katie Brand is the Big 12 leader with 10 double-doubles this season.

·         Brand has recorded an assist-dig double-double in six of the last eight matches.

·         Her career double-double total currently sits at 61, which is eight shy of equaling K-State’s all-time mark of 69 held by Kim Zschau (1995-98).

·         Brand ranks fourth in the NCAA and leads the Big 12 in assists per set with 11.79.

·         She became the eighth Wildcat to join the Double-Grand Club as she now has 4,313 career assists and 1,085 career digs.

·         Brand is the Big 12’s active career leader in assists, leading the next highest by nearly a thousand.

·         The 6-1 setter is No. 4 on the NCAA’s active career assists list.

 

RHINO ATTACK

·         Over the last nine matches, Katie Reininger is hitting a team-best .379 while averaging 2.88 kills/set.

·         In the season’s first 10 matches, Reininger hit .189 with 1.38 kills/set.

·         The Colorado Springs, Colorado, native has hit at least .250 in each of the last nine matches.

·         Four times Reininger has reached double-figure kills in the last nine matches (previous high was seven).

·         She is hitting .370 in six conference matches (third-best in Big 12).

·         Reininger has recorded at least one block in eight of the last nine matches.

 

FOUR-HEADED MONSTER

·         Kylee Zumach (3.08), Brooke Sassin (3.03), Bryna Vogel (2.91) and Katie Reininger (2.25) all average at least 2.00 kills per set.

·         One of the four has led the team in kills in 17 of 19 matches this year.

·         Sassin leads the team with five matches with at least 15 kills. and 12 double-digit kill matches.

·         Vogel leads the team with six matches hitting better than .400 while Reininger has accomplished the feat four times.

·         Vogel averages more than a full dig per set better in conference matches than her season average - 3.91 in conference play and 2.90 overall.

 

ACE OF SPADES

·         K-State has recorded multiple service aces in every match this season.

·         Twelve times the Cats have reached at least five aces in a match, including four of the last seven.

          K-State is third in the Big 12 at 1.14 aces per set.