K-State Returns to Ahearn, Hosts West Virginia


GAME PREVIEW
OCT 22, 6:00 PM

Ahearn Field House
Manhattan, KS

NR
WEST VIRGINIA
MOUNTAINEERS
11-11 (2-6 Big 12)

RV
K-STATE
WILDCATS
15-5 (4-3 Big 12)

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State volleyball team returns to Ahearn Field House for the first time in two weeks as it hosts West Virginia on Saturday at 6 p.m., to close out the first half of its Big 12 schedule.

K-State (15-5, 4-3 Big 12) leads the all-time series with the Mountaineers (11-11, 2-6), 6-2, and owns a 3-1 edge in Manhattan.

The match is part of a Wildcat Weekend, as fans can purchase $3 tickets with their Texas football ticket. The matchup with West Virginia will be broadcast world-wide on K-StateHD.TV. Fans can also listen to Rob Voelker call the match on local radio at 1350 KMAN and at k-statesports.com.

 

AT A GLANCE

·         Kansas State returns to Ahearn Field House as it hosts West Virginia at 6 p.m., on Saturday after two consecutive road matches.

·         K-State is second (.257) in the Big 12 while West Virginia (.196) ranks ninth in the conference in team hitting percentage.

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

·         The match will be nationally broadcast on K-StateHD.TV. Fans can also listen to the match on local radio at 1350 KMAN and at k-statesports.com.

 

LAST TIME OUT

·         K-State defeated Oklahoma in four sets (13-25, 25-19, 25-21, 28-26) in Norman last Saturday.

·         K-State is now 9-1 in four-set matches this season and is one win shy of equaling the program single-season record of 10 four-set victories.

·         Brooke Sassin and Katie Brand each recorded double-doubles. Brand leads the Big 12 with 11 double-doubles.

·         Alyssa Schultejans set a season-high and Big 12 career-high with 15 kills in the match, her second straight match with double-figure kills.

 

A LOOK AT K-STATE

·         Kansas State (15-5, 4-3 Big 12) heads to into the match having won three of its last four conference matches.

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

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

·         K-State is 11-0 this season when winning the first set and 7-2 when tied at 1-1.

·         In the NCAA’s latest 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 11 of the last 13 matches.

·         Setter Katie Brand ranks No. 3 in the nation and is the Big 12’s leader with 11.85 assists per set.

·         Kansas State leads the Big 12 in team kills/set with 14.38, which ranks ninth nationally.

·         The team’s 13.78 assists/set are tops in the conference and second-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 11 major team statistical categories.

 

A LOOK AT WEST VIRGINIA

·         West Virginia enters the match with an overall record of 11-11 and 2-6 in the Big 12.

·         After starting the Big 12 schedule 2-1, the Mountaineers have lost five straight conference matches.

·         West Virginia is led by freshman Payton Caffrey, who is second in the Big 12 with 4.90 kills/set.

·         Caffrey has seven matches reaching 20 or more kills and has been named Big 12 Rookie of the Week five times this season.

·         Junior middle blocker Mia Swanegan paces the conference in blocks/set with 1.35.

 

A LOOK AT THE SERIES

·         K-State leads the all-time series, 6-2, dating back to 2012.

·         The Wildcats are 3-1 against the Mountaineers at home, with the lone loss in Manhattan coming in 2014 (3-2).

·         K-State swept the season series last year with a pair of straight-set victories.

·         The last time these teams met, sophomore middle blocker Macy Flowers set a career high with 11 kills at WVU.

·         Also in the last meeting, a trio of Wildcats posted double-digit kills - Flowers (11), Sassin (11) and Reininger (10) - as the Cats hit .306 as a team in the match.

 

LUCKY NO. 4

·         Kansas State is 9-1 in four-set matches this season, just one win shy of equaling the school record for four-set victories in a season (1987).

·         K-State is 10-2 in the fourth set overall and 4-0 in the set in conference matches.

·         In Big 12 matches, the Wildcats have a +29 point differential in the fourth set, best of any single set, and is 19 points better than the next highest set (+10 in the second set).

·         K-State has a point differential of +60 in the fourth set this overall this season.

 

HIGH EFFICIENCY

·         Kansas State has hit better than .230 in 13 of the last 16 matches.

·         K-State hit .556 (17k-2e-27ta) in the second set Saturday at Oklahoma, the fourth-highest single-set output of the season.

·         The Cats have hit .500 or better in a single set nine times this season, something they only did once in 2015.

·         K-State is 11-1 this season when hitting above .250 and 6-0 when hitting at least .300.

·         The 12 matches of .250 or higher attacking percentage equals the total number of times all of last season.

·         A Wildcat has hit at least .400 (min. 10 attempts) 19 times this season, led by Bryna Vogel with six matches.

 

TOP OF THE BIG 12

·         K-State ranks in the top three of the Big 12 in 11 major team statistical categories, including being the top team in kills/set (14.38) and assists/set (13.78).

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

·         Senior middle blocker Katie Reininger ranks fourth in the Big 12 in conference matches, hitting .358 through seven league matches.

·         Senior Katie Brand averages 11.92 assists/set to lead the conference in Big 12 matches.

·         Kersten Kober (3.83, 4th) and Bryna Vogel (3.54, 5th) and rank in the top 10 in digs/set in conference matches.

 

BRAND RECOGNITION

·         Redshirt senior setter Katie Brand is the Big 12 leader with 11 double-doubles this season.

·         Brand has recorded an assist-dig double-double in seven of the last nine matches.

·         Her career double-double total currently sits at 62, which is seven shy of equaling K-State’s all-time mark of 69 held by Kim Zschau (1995-98).

·         Brand ranks second in the NCAA and leads the Big 12 in assists per set with 11.85.

·         She became the eighth Wildcat to join the Double-Grand Club as she now has 4,395 career assists and 1,101 career digs.

·         Brand is the Big 12’s active career leader in assists, leading the next highest by nearly a thousand, and is No. 4 on the NCAA’s active career assists list.

 

ASSASSIN

·         Senior outside hitter Brooke Sassin eclipsed 900 career kills after posting 17 at OU on Saturday, bringing her career total to 916.

·         Sassin moved into seventh on K-State’s career kill list in the rally-scoring era (since 2001).

·         She leads the team with 13 matches in double-figure kills, having done so in four of the last five matches.

 

EN VOGEL

·         Junior opposite Bryna Vogel is just four kills from reaching 500 in her career.

·         Vogel leads the team with a .318 attacking percentage and six matches hitting at least .400

 

FLOWER POWER

·         Sophomore middle blocker Macy Flowers has led or tied for the team lead in blocks 12 times this season, including four of the last five matches.

·         She already has more blocks this season (66) than all of last year (64).