K-State Heads to Morgantown for Mid-Week Clash with WVU


GAME PREVIEW
NOV 9, 5:00 PM CT

WVU Coliseum
Morgantown, W.Va.

NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
17-8 (6-6 Big 12)

NR
WEST VIRGINIA
MOUNTAINEERS
12-13 (3-8 Big 12)

WVUSports.com
1350 KMAN

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State volleyball team travels to Morgantown, West Virginia, for its second consecutive conference road match, taking on West Virginia Wednesday at 5 p.m. CT.

K-State (17-8, 6-6 Big 12) took the first meeting with the Mountaineers (12-13, 3-8) in five sets at Ahearn Field House on Oct. 22. The Wildcats are looking to snap a two-match losing streak.

The match between the Wildcats and Mountaineers will be broadcast online at WVUSports.com. 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 travels to Morgantown, West Virginia, for its second consecutive conference road match with West Virginia (12-13, 3-8 Big 12) at 5 p.m. CT.

·         K-State claimed the season’s first meeting between the teams in five sets at Ahearn Field House on Oct. 22.

·         K-State looks to sweep the season series with WVU for the second straight year.

·         K-State ranks first in the Big 12 with 13.44 assists/set and second in kills/set 14.02.

·         West Virginia is tops in the Big 12 with 2.55 blocks/set.

·         The match will be broadcast online at WVUSports.com.

·         Fans can also listen to the match on local radio at 1350 KMAN and on K-StateSports.com.

 

LAST TIME OUT

·         K-State dropped a three-set decision (20-25, 12-25, 22-25) at TCU Saturday for its second straight loss.

·         The two-match losing streak equals the Cats’ longest of the season (two other times).

·         TCU hit .311 as a team Saturday. K-State had held its previous two opponents under .200.

·         TCU had 10.0 team blocks, the most by a K-State opponent in a three-set match this season.

·         Brooke Sassin paced all Wildcats with 13 kills on .333 hitting while Kersten Kober dug a team-best 13 balls.

·         For the second consecutive match, K-State recorded just one service ace. The Wildcats had multiple service aces in every other match this season.

 

A LOOK AT K-STATE

·         Kansas State (17-8, 6-6 Big 12) enters the match 5-5 over its last 10 matches and have lost two straight matches.

·         K-State has only had consecutive losses three times this season and have not lost more than two straight matches all year.

·         K-State is 13-1 this season when winning the first set and 9-4 when tied at 1-1.

·         K-State tied a program record with 10 four-set victories this season.

·         In the NCAA’s latest RPI release of the season, K-State comes in at No. 21 - the third-highest of any Big 12 team (Texas, Kansas).

·         K-State has registered more kills than its opponent in 13 of the last 18 matches.

·         Kansas State is second in the Big 12 in team kills/set with 14.02, which ranks 35th nationally.

·         The team’s 13.44 assists/set are tops in the conference and 17th-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 12-13 overall and 3-8 in the Big 12.

·         WVU is 3-7 over its last 10 matches and have lost four of its last five.

·         The Mountaineers have a winning record in three- and five-set matches but are just 1-5 in four-set matches this season.

·         West Virginia ranks last in the Big 12 this season with a .192 team hitting percentage.

·         WVU leads the conference with 2.55 blocks/set.

·         Freshman outside hitter Payton Caffrey is second in the league with 4.71 kills/set and has been named Big 12 Rookie of the Week five times.

·         Junior middle blocker Mia Swanegan is best in the conference with 1.43 blocks/set.

 

A LOOK AT THE SERIES

·         Kansas State leads the all-time series, 7-2, dating back to 2012.

·         K-State has won the last three meetings in the series.

·         K-State is 3-1 in Morgantown and have won the last two.

·         The teams last split the season series in 2014 as the Wildcats seek to sweep WVU for the second straight season.

·         In the season’s first meeting, both teams hit below .200 while WVU out-blocked the Cats, 16.0-8.0.

·         A trio of Wildcats - Brooke Sassin (16), Bryna Vogel (16), Alyssa Schultejans (12) - registered double-figure kills in the first matchup.

·         The Cats picked up 10 service aces vs. WVU - a season high.

 

CLIMBING THE CHARTS

·         Senior setter Katie Brand (4,616 career assists) moved into second place on K-State’s all-time career assists list in the rally-scoring era (since 2001).

·         Her career double-double total currently sits at 66, which is three shy of equaling K-State’s all-time mark of 69 held by Kim Zschau (1995-98).

·         Senior libero Kersten Kober (1,475 career digs) moved into third place all-time (rally-scoring era) on K-State’s career list.

·         Senior outside hitter Brooke Sassin has 984 career kills as a Wildcat. With 16 more, she will become just the sixth Wildcat to reach 1,000 in the rally scoring era.

 

ON AND OFF THE COURT

·         It was announced that Katie Brand is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award that recognizes student-athletes for contributions in the community, classroom, character and competition.

·         Brand would become the first Wildcat to ever win the award.

·         Brand, along with Kersten Kober, were both named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team Thursday.

·         It marks the second straight season the pair have achieved the first-team honor.

 

D-D-D DEFENSE

·         The Cats have 11 matches this season reaching double-digit blocks.

·         In 2015, K-State only had six matches with double-figure blocks.

·         K-State is 9-2 when recording 10.0 or more team blocks.

·         K-State has recorded double-figure blocks in back-to-back matches four time this season, something the Cats only did once in 2015.

·         The Cats have held two of their last three opponents to under a .200 attacking percentage.

 

BRAND RECOGNITION

·         Redshirt senior setter Katie Brand leads the Big 12 lead with 15 double-doubles this season.

·         Brand has recorded an assist-dig double-double in 11 of the last 14 matches, including five of the last six.

·         In the win over Baylor, Brand eclipsed 1,000 assists this season - her fourth 1,000-assist season as a Wildcat.

·         She became the eighth Wildcat to join the Double-Grand Club as she now has over 4,000 career assists and 1,000 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.

 

LUCKY NO. 4

·         Kansas State is 10-2 in four-set matches this season, equaling the school record for four-set victories in a season (1987).

·         K-State is 12-4 in the fourth set overall and 6-2 in the set in conference matches.

·         West Virginia is 1-5 in four-set matches this season. The Mountaineers have a winning record in both three- and five-set matches.

·         The Mountaineers have lost their last five four-set matches.

 

ASSASSIN

·         Senior outside hitter Brooke Sassin’s 984 career kills ranks her seventh on K-State’s career kill list in the rally-scoring era (since 2001).

·         She leads the team with 17 matches in double-figure kills, having done so in four straight matches and eight of the last nine overall.

·         Sassin has led the team in kills in five of the last six matches and six of the last eight.

·         Ten times she has either led or tied for the team lead in kills in a match.