Wildcats, Cyclones Clash Wednesday Night on ESPNU


GAME PREVIEW
OCT 26, 6:00 PM CT

Hilton Coliseum
Ames, Iowa

RV
K-STATE
WILDCATS
16-5 (5-3 Big 12)

NR
IOWA STATE
CYCLONES
11-9 (3-5 Big 12)

ESPNU
1350 KMAN

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State volleyball team begins the second half of its Big 12 schedule at Iowa State Wednesday night at 6 p.m. The match will be nationally broadcast on ESPNU, marking the second time this season K-State will appear on the ESPN family of networks. Tyler Denning will call play-by-play with Jennifer Hoffman serving as analyst.  

K-State (16-5, 5-3 Big 12) has won the last two in the series with Iowa State (11-9, 3-5), including claiming a four-set victory over the Cyclones on Sept. 21 at Ahearn Field House. The Wildcats are winless in their last eight trips to Ames, Iowa – last winning in 2007.

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 begins the second half of its conference slate in Ames, Iowa, as they take on Iowa State (11-9, 3-5 Big 12) at 6 p.m.

·         The match will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU with Tyler Denning calling play-by-play and Jennifer Hoffman serving as analyst.

·         This will be the second of two matches that K-State appears on the ESPN family of networks.

 

LAST TIME OUT

·         K-State outlasted West Virginia in five sets (25-12, 21-25, 26-24, 20-25, 15-8) at Ahearn Field House on Saturday.

·         It was just K-State’s third match this season requiring all five sets (2-1 in those matches).

·         Katie Brand, Brooke Sassin and Bryna Vogel all recorded double-doubles in the match - the second time this season the trio has posted a double-double in the same match (Sept. 3 vs. Georgia Tech).

·         Brooke Sassin and Bryna Vogel led all players in the match with 16 kills apiece.

·         Alyssa Schultejans reached double-figure kills (12) her third straight match and recorded a Big 12 career-high four service aces.

·         As a team, K-State recorded 10 service aces - the most for the Cats since 2013.

 

A LOOK AT K-STATE

·         Kansas State (16-5, 5-3 Big 12) comes into the match with the Cyclones having won four of its last five matches.

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

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

·         K-State is 12-0 this season when winning the first set and 8-2 when tied at 1-1.

·         In the NCAA’s latest RPI release of the season, K-State comes in at No. 17 - 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 12 of the last 14 matches.

·         Kansas State leads the Big 12 in team kills/set with 14.22, which ranks 21st nationally.

·         The team’s 13.63 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 11 major team statistical categories.

 

A LOOK AT IOWA STATE

·         Iowa State, winners of three of the last four overall, is fresh off a straight-set victory at TCU Saturday.

·         The Cyclones are led by Jess Schaben, who averages 3.48 kills/set and 2.30 digs/set.

·         Iowa State leads the Big 12 with 16.47 digs/set.

·         ISU ranks second in the league in kills and assists allowed per set - and is first in those categories in conference matches.

 

A LOOK AT THE SERIES

·         Iowa State leads the all-time series, 48-41, dating back to 1976.

·         The Wildcats have won the last two in the series, including claiming the season’s first meeting on Sept. 21 (3-1) to open their Big 12 slate.

·         K-State has lost its last eight trips to Ames, last winning in 2007.

·         Head coach Suzie Fritz is 17-14 all-time vs. the Cyclones and is 6-9 at ISU.

·         Katie Brand and Bryna Vogel each recorded double-doubles the last time these teams met.

 

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 10-3 in the fourth set overall and 4-1 in the set in conference matches.

·         In Big 12 matches, the Wildcats have a +24 point differential in the fourth set, best of any single set, and is 14 points better than the next highest set (+10 in the third set).

·         K-State has a point differential of +55 in the fourth set this overall this season.

 

HIGH EFFICIENCY

·         Kansas State has hit better than .230 in 13 of the last 17 matches.

·         K-State hit .542 (13k-0e-24ta) in the first set Saturday against West Virginia, the fifth-highest single-set output of the season.

·         The Cats have hit .500 or better in a single set 10 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 such 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 (14.22) and assists/set (13.63).

·         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 eight league matches.

·         Senior Katie Brand averages 11.71 assists/set to lead the Big 12.

·         Kersten Kober (3.48, 7th) and Bryna Vogel (3.35, 10th) rank in the top 10 in digs/set in conference matches.

 

BRAND RECOGNITION

·         Redshirt senior setter Katie Brand is tied for the Big 12 lead with 12 double-doubles this season.

·         Brand has recorded an assist-dig double-double in eight of the last 10 matches.

·         Her career double-double total currently sits at 63, which is six shy of equaling K-State’s all-time mark of 69 held by Kim Zschau (1995-98).

·         She became the eighth Wildcat to join the Double-Grand Club as she now has 4,443 career assists and 1,114 career digs.

·         Brand is the Big 12’s active career leader in assists, leading the next highest by nearly a thousand, and is No. 5 on the NCAA’s active career assists list.

 

ASSASSIN

·         Senior outside hitter Brooke Sassin’s 932 career kills moved her into seventh on K-State’s career kill list in the rally-scoring era (since 2001).

·         She leads the team with 14 matches in double-figure kills, having done so in five of the last six matches.

·         Sassin has posted two straight double-doubles, giving her four on the season.

 

EN VOGEL

·         Junior opposite Bryna Vogel eclipsed 500 career kills in the five-set win over WVU Saturday.

·         Vogel has hit at least .333 in four of her last five matches.

·         She tallied a season-high five blocks vs. WVU - a new Big 12 career high.

 

IF THE SCHU FITS

·         Sophomore outside hitter Alyssa Schultejans has reached double-figure kills in each of the last three matches.

·         Against West Virginia, Schultejans tied her career high with four service aces. She is the only Wildcat to reach four aces twice this season.

 

FLOWER POWER

·         Sophomore middle blocker Macy Flowers has led or tied for the team lead in blocks 13 times this season, including five of the last six matches.

She already has more blocks this season (71) than all of last year (64), and has equaled the number of matches with five or more blocks (8).