Notes: Wildcats Set for Home Opener, Varney's Invitational
Notes: Wildcats Set for Home Opener, Varney's Invitational
PARKING NOTE: Due to the K-State vs. South Dakota football game on Saturday, September 5, volleyball fans without reserved football parking at Bill Snyder Family Stadium may park in Lot D-1 west of Memorial Stadium between Denison and Sunset streets and ride a shuttle to Bramlage Coliseum. Shuttles will run approximately every 20 minutes and end one hour after the conclusion of the K-State's match against UNLV. This service is only available for the September 5 matches. Parking is free inside the Bill Snyder Family Stadium/Bramlage Coliseum parking lots on Friday, September 4.
Friday, September 4
UNLV vs. Cal – 10 am
Green Bay vs. UNLV – 5 pm
Saturday, September 5
Green Bay vs. Cal – 11 am
AT A GLANCE
• After going 2-1 in the Hurricane Invitational to start the season, K-State opens its 2015 home campaign this weekend with the Varney’s Invitational September 4-5.
• The Wildcats will host Green Bay, Cal and UNLV, with all three schools visiting Manhattan for the first time.
• K-State has faced each school over the last two seasons, with the Wildcats beating all three on their home court.
• Each of the three K-State matches will be streamed on K-StateHD.TV while the Friday night contest will also air on Fox College Sports - Atlantic.
HOME IS WHERE YOU MAKE IT
• For the second straight year, K-State will play inside Bramlage Coliseum, the home of K-State men’s and women’s basketball.
• The Wildcats have previously played away from their normal home of Ahearn Field House three times and hold a 7-0 record in Bramlage Coliseum.
• K-State has swept all seven of its opponents inside the arena.
• Last year, K-State beat Arkansas, Middle Tennessee and UCF.
• In 2005, the Wildcats swept Iowa State, and in 2003, K-State hosted and beat South Florida, LSU and Colorado State in the Wildcat Classic.
• Junior Brooke Sassin had double-digit kills in all three matches last weekend and leads the Wildcats with 47 kills entering the Varney’s Invitational.
• The outside hitter, who had 10 or more kills in 16 matches last season, is third among Big 12 players with 3.62 kills/set.
• Sassin had 20 kills in the five-set win over Illinois State, which were a career-high.
• At Miami on August 29, Sassin had 17 kills, which made it the first time the San Antonio, Texas native had 17 or more kills in back-to-back matches since Sept. 12, 2014 vs. Marshall and at Southern Illinois.
• Last season, Sassin averaged 2.79 kills/set and hit .202 (.290 so far this year).
DOUBLE-DOUBLE ON THE OUTSIDE
• Brooke Sassin and sophomore Bryna Vogel had consecutive double-doubles in last weekend’s final two matches against Illinois State and Miami.
• The pair are the first Wildcat outside hitters with double-doubles in back-to-back matches since 2011 when Kathleen Ludwig had a double-double in three straight contests from Oct. 29-Nov. 9.
• Sassin now has three career double-doubles while Vogel has two.
• Vogel notched her first career double-double on Aug. 29 vs. Illinois State with the help of 23 digs, which were the most by a K-State outside hitter since 2001 when Lisa Mimick had 25 vs. Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament.
• Katie Brand also added two double-doubles vs. Illinois State and Miami last weekend, giving her 33 in her career.
• Brand needs two more double-doubles to crack K-State’s top-10 in career double-doubles (T-9th: Renee Whitney [1983-86] & Caitlyn Donahue [2009-12]).
• Brand has a double-double in 20 of her last 28 matches.
• In addition to her 56 assists, the redshirt junior had a career-high 24 digs against Illinois State on Aug. 29, which were the most digs by a K-State setter since 1998 when Disney Bronnenberg had 24 against Texas on Oct. 23.
• In the Illinois State match, Brand became the first Wildcat with a 20-20 double-double since 2000 (Lisa Mimick, 21 kills and 29 digs vs. Nebraska, 11/25/00).
• Of the six Big 12 players who registered a double-double in the first weekend of the season, K-State had three of them.
• Redshirt junior Katie Reininger enters this weekend sixth in the Big 12 with a .435 hitting percentage.
• The middle blocker hit .333 or higher in each match, including .400+ twice.
• Reininger has hit .300+ in 18 of her 34 career matches with K-State and .400+ in nine contests.
• K-State enters this weekend in the midst of a 17-match home winning streak against non-conference opponents.
• The Wildcats went 5-0 against non-conference opponents at home in 2014, 4-0 in 2013 and 7-0 in 2012.
• The last time K-State lost a home non-conference match was on September 3, 2011 vs. BYU (L, 0-3).
• Since 2010, K-State is 25-1 (.962) against non-conference teams at home.
• Over the last four seasons, K-State is 41-12 (.774) in Manhattan, winning at least nine home matches in each campaign.
• Under head coach Suzie Fritz, the Wildcats are 146-54 (.730) at home.
• K-State enters this weekend having won 47 of its last 50 non-conference matches during the regular season.
• The Wildcats did not lose more than one non-conference regular season match in each season from 2012-14.
• Since 2011, K-State is 53-7 (.883) in non-conference regular season matches.
WITH THE ASSIST
• Katie Brand had 131 assists last weekend, giving her 2,461 in her career, which is the seventh-most in K-State history.
• Brand, who passed Chi Dau (1992-94) on the all-time list during the Hurricane Invitational, now needs 693 more assists to move into sixth-place in program history.
• The Grand Island, Nebraska native is the second-fastest Wildcat to reach 2,400 career assists as she needed 228 sets to reach the mark (fastest: Disney Bronnenberg, 159 sets, from 1998-99).
• The redshirt junior is averaging 10.52 assists/set in her career, which is fifth-best in school history (next highest: Gabby Guerre, 11.77).
ON THE ATTACK
• With the help of veteran setter Katie Brand directing the Wildcat offense, K-State is hitting .284 to start the season, its highest hitting percentage over the first three matches of a campaign during the rally-scoring era.
• The last time K-State hit higher than .284 over its first three matches was 2000 when the Wildcats turned in a .317 clip (164k-46e-372att).
• In 2000, with junior setter Disney Bronnenberg, the Wildcats finished with a .245 team hitting percentage.
• Last season, K-State hit .234 (107k-36e-304att) in its first three matches before turning in a .241 clip for the entire year.
• In a 3-2 win on August 29 vs. Illinois State, K-State registered 118 digs, the most ever in a match in program history.
• The 118 digs broke the previous record of 117 set in a four-set match on October 10, 1990 vs. KU.
• The previous record for most digs in a five-set match was 115, last set on October 4, 1997 at Oklahoma.
• Last season, K-State never recorded more than 85 digs in a single match.
• The last time K-State broke the 100-digs mark in a match was August 31, 2013 vs. Cal State Fullerton (101 digs, 5 sets) in the UNLV Invitational.
• The Wildcats enter this weekend third among Big 12 teams averaging 16.46 digs/set.
• Freshman Alyssa Schultejans appeared in all three matches last weekend, tallying double-digit kills in the last two matches (10 vs. Illinois State and 11 at Miami).
• The outside hitter became the first Wildcat to have 10 or more kills in at least two of her first three career matches since Kathleen Ludwig in 2009.
• Schultejans’ 22 kills and 2.20 kills/set are both the fourth-best on K-State.
• K-State is a combined 3-1 all-time against this weekend’s opponents, with the one loss being against Cal on Sept. 3, 2004 in Houston.
• Last year, the Wildcats beat Green Bay in the season opener while in 2013, K-State beat both Cal and UNLV in five sets.