Wildcats Set to Host Horned Frogs Saturday

GAME PREVIEW
OCT 8, 1:00 PM

Ahearn FIeld House
Manhattan, KS

NR
TCU
HORNED FROGS
10-5 (3-2 Big 12)

RV
K-STATE
WILDCATS
13-4 (2-2 Big 12)

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State volleyball team returns to Ahearn Field House as it hosts Big 12 foe TCU at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 8. K-State is 6-2 all-time and 4-0 at home vs. TCU, dating back to 2012.

The match between the Wildcats (13-4, 2-2 Big 12) and the Horned Frogs (10-5, 3-2) is part of a Wildcat Weekend as fans can purchase $3 tickets with their Texas Tech football ticket or a canned food item.

The match will be broadcast world-wide on K-StateHD.TV and fans can listen to Rob Voelker call the match on local radio at 1350 KMAN as well as at k-statesports.com.

AT A GLANCE

·         Kansas State hosts TCU Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m., at Ahearn Field House as part of a Wildcat Weekend. Fans can purchase $3 tickets with Saturday’s Texas Tech football ticket.

·         K-State is 7-2 at home this season, with its only two losses coming to teams currently ranked in the AVCA top 25 (No. 23 Michigan, No. 4 Texas).

·         The Wildcats are 10-0 this season when winning the first set.

·         TCU comes to Manhattan with a 10-5 overall record and 3-2 in the Big 12 after falling at Baylor 3-0 Wednesday.

·         The matchup features the only two teams in the Big 12 that average over 1.00 ace/set in conference matches (TCU, 1.23 and K-State, 1.20).

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

 

LAST TIME OUT

·         K-State swept (25-18, 25-19, 25-20) Texas Tech on the road on Wednesday.

·         The Cats hit .308 in the victory, their fifth match eclipsing the .300 mark (5-0).

·         It was the Wildcats’ fifth straight win over the Red Raiders.

·         Bryna Vogel led all players with 12 kills while hitting .478 (1e-23ta).

·         Brooke Sassin posted 11 kills and Kersten Kober recorded a match-best 18 digs.

 

A LOOK AT K-STATE

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

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

·         In the NCAA’s first RPI release of the season, K-State comes in at No. 16 - the second highest of any Big 12 team (3. Texas).

·         K-State has registered more kills than its opponent in nine of the last 10 matches.

·         The Cats have a trio of players in the Big 12’s top 10 in hitting percentage: 6. Reininger, .322, 7. Vogel, .317, 8. Flowers, .316.

·         Setter Katie Brand ranks third in the nation is the Big 12’s leader with 11.74 assists per set.

·         Kansas State leads the Big 12 in team assists per set (13.56) and rank No. 8 nationally.

·         Brand leads the Big 12 with nine double-doubles this season.

·         The Cats are second in the league with 14.17 kills per set and rank 23rd nationally.

·         Overall, K-State ranks in the top three of the Big 12 in 10 major team statistical categories.

 

A LOOK AT TCU

·         TCU comes to Manhattan with a 10-5 overall record and 3-2 in the Big 12 after falling at Baylor, 3-0, Wednesday.

·         TCU is 1-2 in road Big 12 games, dropping

·         The Horned Frogs have three players over 125 kills this season - Regan McGuire (128), Jillian Bergeson (128), Sarita Mikals (125) - and five players are over 100 kills.

·         Bergeson, McGuire and Mikals all are over two kills/set.

·         Natalie Gower leads the league with 1.64 blocks/set in Big 12 matches this season.

·         Kaylee Smith is the conference’s leader with 12 aces in league matches.

·         In Big 12 matches, TCU leads the conference in team blocks/set with 2.95 and aces/set with 1.23.

 

A LOOK AT THE SERIES

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

·         The teams split the season series in 2015, with K-State winning the final meeting (3-1) in four sets at Ahearn Field House.

·         The Cats are 4-0 vs. TCU at home all-time.

·         The Wildcats have won three of the last four meetings in the series.

 

TOP TIER OF THE BIG 12

·         K-State ranks in the top three of the Big 12 in 10 major team statistical categories, including being the top team in assists per set (13.56).

·         The Wildcats are the second-best team in the league with 14.17 kills/set, 1.35 aces/set, 854 total assists and 987 total digs.

·         Senior middle blocker Katie Reininger is the Big 12 leader in hitting efficiency, hitting .409 through four conference matches.

·         Kersten Kober (3.77, 4th), Bryna Vogel (3.60, 6th) and Katie Brand (3.53, 7th) all rank in the league’s top 10 in terms of digs/set in Big 12 matches.

·         The Cats rank third in the conference in team hitting percentage (.257), kills (893) and service aces (85).

 

BRAND RECOGNITION

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

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

·         Her career double-double total currently sits at 60, which is nine shy of equaling K-State’s all-time mark of 69 held by Kim Zschau (1995-98).

·         In four non-conference tournaments, the Grand Island, Nebraska, native was selected all-tournament in all four events, and was named MVP of the Wildcat Classic.

·         Brand ranks third in the NCAA and leads the Big 12 in assists per set with 11.73.

·         She became the eighth Wildcat to join the Double-Grand Club as she now has 4,217 career assists and 1,067 career digs.

·         The Grand Island, Nebraska, native is the Big 12’s active career leader in assists, leading the next highest by nearly a thousand.

·         The setter is the only Wildcat to start all 17 matches this season.

 

RHINO ATTACK

·         Over the last seven matches, Katie Reininger is hitting .406 while averaging 2.88 kills/set (averaged 2.00 kills/set this season entering the week).

·         Reininger leads the Big 12 hitting .409 in conference matches this season.

·         She has led the team in kills in three of the last seven matches along with leading the team in blocks in six of the last seven.

·         She has hit at least .250 in each of the last seven matches, including going over .333 five times.

·         Reininger posted a season-high 16 kills in Saturday’s five-set loss to No. 4 Texas on a .464 efficiency.

·         She has set a new season-high in kills three different times in the last seven matches.

·         Reininger is fourth in conference matches with 1.27 blocks/set.

 

FOUR-HEADED MONSTER

·         Kylee Zumach (3.18), Brooke Sassin (3.00), Bryna Vogel (2.89) and Katie Reininger (2.16) all average at least 2.00 kills per set.

·         One of the four has led the team in kills in 16 of 17 matches this year.

·         Sassin and Zumach lead the team with four matches with at least 15 kills.

·         Sassin is the team leader with 11 double-digit kill matches.

·         Vogel leads the team with five matches hitting better than .400 while Reininger has accomplished the feat four times.

 

ACE OF SPADES

·         K-State has recorded more or equal service aces in the last 13 straight matches and have recorded multiple aces in every match this season.

·         Four Wildcats - Vogel (16), Brand (14), Sassin (13), Zumach (12) - already have double-digit service aces this season.

·         Sassin set a new career high with four service aces in the win over Iowa State on September 21.

·         Sassin has multiple service aces in three of the past five matches.

·         Coming into 2016, Zumach had just five service aces in her career. She has already more than doubled her career output.

·         Vogel and Zumach each have multiple service aces in four matches this season.

·         Brand has at least one ace in 12 of the last 14 matches.