Notes: Wildcats Set for Home Opener, Varney's Invitational

TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

KANSAS STATE
WILDCATS
2-1 (0-0 BIG 12)
NR

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GREEN BAY
PHOENIX
2-1 (0-0 HORIZON)
NR

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CAL
GOLDEN BEARS
2-1 (0-0 PAC-12)
NR

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UNLV
REBELS
3-0 (0-0 MWC)
NR

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Friday, Sept. 4, 12 pm

GREEN BAY vs K-STATE

SERIES: K-State Leads, 1-0

NOTES: K-STATE  I  GREEN BAY
GAMECENTER
LIVE AUDIO
WATCH: K-STATEHD.TV
TICKETS

Promotions: Wildcat Weekend - $3 GA ticket with K-State vs. South Dakota football ticket; $3 GA ticket for Kansas State faculty and staff

Friday, Sept. 4, 7:30 pm

CAL vs K-STATE

SERIES: Series Tied, 1-1

NOTES: K-STATE  I  CAL
GAMECENTER
LIVE AUDIO
WATCH: FCS-ATLANTIC/K-STATEHD.TV
TICKETS

Promotions: Ladies Night; Wildcat Weekend - $3 GA ticket with K-State vs. South Dakota football ticket

Saturday, Sept. 5, 1:30 pm

UNLV vs K-STATE

SERIES: K-State Leads, 1-0

NOTES: K-STATE  I  UNLV
GAMECENTER
LIVE AUDIO
WATCH: K-STATEHD.TV


Promotions:
Free admission for all fans

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.


Non-K-State Matches
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.

KILLS LEADER
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.

20-20 VISION
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.

EFFICIENT MIDDLE
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.

HOME NON-CON
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.

MANHAPPINESS
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.

LAST 50
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.

NEW DIGGITY
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.

FRESH IMPACT
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.

SERIES HISTORY
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.