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Notes: K-State Hosts Varney's Invitational in Bramlage


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Sept. 3, 2014

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K-State Athletics
Matches #4-6
Thursday, September 4 - Saturday, September 6
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum
 
Arkansas (Home Match #1)
Thursday, Sept. 4 - 6 pm
Series: K-State leads, 6-1
TV: FOX College Sports (PBP - Brian Smoller; Color - Liz Wegner-Busch)
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Rob Voelker)
Online Audio: www.1350kman.com
Stats: www.k-statesports.com
Promotions: 
Ladies Night - ticket deal includes one general admission ticket, one custom K-State Mason jar, hors d'oeuvres, and drink voucher for either beer, wine or water for $15; must be ordered by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2
Bramlage Bundle - Ticket to all three K-State matches during the Varney's Invitational for $10 for children, military personnel, senior citizens and $14 for adults
 
Middle Tennessee vs. UCF
Friday, Sept. 5 - 10 am
 
UCF vs. Arkansas
Friday, Sept. 5 - 5 pm
 
Middle Tennessee (Home Match #2)
Friday, Sept. 5 - 7 pm
Series: First meeting
Radio: None 
Promotions:
Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Night - Pre-game event in the Legends Room for season ticket holders
Bramlage Bundle - Ticket to all three K-State matches during the Varney's Invitational for $10 for children, military personnel, senior citizens and $14 for adults
 
Arkansas vs. Middle Tennessee
Saturday, Sept. 6 - 1 pm
 
UCF (Home Match #3)
Saturday, Sept. 6 - 7 pm
Series: K-State leads, 1-0
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Rob Voelker)
Online Audio: www.1350kman.com
Live Stats: www.k-statesports.com
Promotions:
Military Appreciation Night - $3 ticket with military I.D.
Post-Match Autographs
Wildcat 4 Pack - 4 tickets and 4 hot dog, chips and drink vouchers for $34
Bramlage Bundle - Ticket to all three K-State matches during the Varney's Invitational for $10 for children, military personnel, senior citizens and $14 for adults
Team/Camper Night
 
 
QUICKS
• K-State opened the season with a 2-1 record at the Green Bay Country Inn & Suites Tournament
Katie Brand and Brooke Sassin were named to the Green Bay All-Tournament Team
• K-State will host a regular season match in Bramlage Coliseum for the first time since 2005
• The Wildcats have won 12 straight home matches against non-conference opponents
• Wildcats are second among Big 12 teams with 3.28 blocks per set
 
AT A GLANCE
• K-State, coming off a runner-up finish at the Green Bay Country Inn & Suites Tournament last weekend, will open its home schedule with the Varney's Invitational in Bramlage Coliseum.
• The Wildcats started the season with back-to-back wins, sweeping host Green Bay on Aug. 29 and then beating South Dakota in three sets on Aug. 30.
• K-State fell to tournament champion Arizona on Aug. 30, 3-0.
• Starting Thursday, the Wildcats will play four matches in five days, all at home, after they will also face Missouri State in Ahearn Field House next Monday, September 8.
• K-State has come out of its opening weekend with a winning record for the third-straight year.
 
HOME IS WHERE YOU MAKE IT
• For the Varney's Invitational, K-State will host matches away from its normal home venue of Ahearn Field House and play inside Bramlage Coliseum, home of K-State men's and women's basketball. 
• The Wildcats have not played a regular season match inside Bramlage Coliseum since 2005.
• The Wildcats are 4-0 inside Bramlage Coliseum.
• K-State has never lost a set inside Bramlage in a regular season match.
• K-State swept Iowa State on Oct. 8, 2005 in Bramlage.
• K-State hosted the Wildcat Classic in Bramlage during the 2003 season when it went 3-0 against the likes of South Florida, LSU and Colorado State between Sept. 12-13. 
• The last time overall that K-State volleyball played inside Bramlage Coliseum was in a spring exhibition match against the Chinese pro team, Bridgestone Tianjin, on April 21, 2011.
 
MANHAPPINESS
• K-State finished 10-2 at home last season, its third straight season with at least 10 home victories and 11th time in the last 14 years that it had double-digit home wins. 
• Over the last three seasons, the Wildcats are 32-8 (.800) in Manhattan. 
• K-State enters this weekend with a four-match winning streak at home.
• The Wildcats also ended last season with four straight sweeps at home, and they had eight sweeps total in their 12 home matches.
 
VS. NON-CONFERENCE AT HOME
• The Wildcats also enter this weekend with a 12-match winning streak against non-conference opponents at home.
• K-State has not lost a home match against a non-conference opponent since Sept. 3, 2011 when it fell in three sets vs. BYU.
• Since 2010, the Wildcats are 20-1 against non-conference foes in Manhattan.
• Under head coach Suzie Fritz, K-State is 51-4 (.927) against non-conference opponents in home regular season matches.
 
NONCON + REGULAR SEASON = SUCCESS
• K-State has enjoyed great success in non-conference matches during the regular season over the last two years, going 27-2 (.931) since 2012.
• The Wildcats were 13-0 against non-conference opponents during the 2012 regular season (they did lose their NCAA Tournament match against Northern Iowa) while last year, they were 12-1 with the help of a 7-0 start.
• Over the last four regular seasons, K-State still holds an impressive non-conference record, going 38-5 (.884).
• Of the 38 wins, 23 have been sweeps.
• Since 2001, under head coach Suzie Fritz, K-State is 109-31 (.779) against non-conference opponents in the regular season.
 
BUILDING BLOCKS
• K-State had 29.5 combined blocks in its opening three matches, all three-set matches, helping it rank second among Big 12 Conference teams with an average of 3.28 blocks per set this season.
• The Wildcats out-blocked their opponents in each of the three matches: 12.5-4.0 on Aug. 29 at Green Bay; 7.0-2.0 on Aug. 30 vs. South Dakota; 10.0-5.0 on Aug. 30 vs. Arizona.
• Last season, K-State was 12-4 when it out-blocked its opponents.
• Also last season, K-State averaged 2.92 blocks per set in three-set matches.
• The Wildcats had double-digit blocks in five of their 16 three-set matches last season while they already have two double-digit block efforts in three three-set matches this year.
• Of K-State's 29.5 blocks, five are solo blocks, which is tied for the second-most among Big 12 teams (Oklahoma; leader: West Virginia, 6).
 
BLOCK PARTY
• Three Wildcats enter the Varney's Invitational with 11 or more blocks this season: Katie Reininger (14), Natali Jones (11) and Katie Brand (11).
• Reininger, who is in her first season of action at K-State after redshirting in 2013, had four or more blocks in each of last weekend's three matches, including a season-high six against Arizona on Aug. 30.
• Jones, meanwhile, had a career-high eight blocks in the season opener on Aug. 29 at Green Bay. 
• Each of three Wildcats are among the Big 12's top 10 in blocks per set: Reininger is 3rd (1.56), Jones is sixth (1.38) and Brand is tied for 9th (1.22).
• K-State is the only Big 12 team with three different players in the top 10 for blocks per set.
 
ACE-LAND
• K-State registered nine aces in its sweep of South Dakota on Aug. 30. 
• The nine aces were the most for the Wildcats in a three-set match since Oct. 24, 2012 when they had 10 aces in a 3-0 win at West Virginia.
• K-State is third among Big 12 teams with 1.44 aces per set.
 
TRANSFER OF POWER
• Transfer Brooke Sassin currently leads K-State in kills, registering 24 last weekend (2.67 kps).
• The outside hitter had 11 kills in her second K-State career match, which are the most kills by a Wildcat in a match this season.
• Sassin averaged 1.78 kills per set last season.
 
FRESH START
• Freshman Kylee Zumach started her K-State career with a double-digit kill effort on Aug. 29 at Green Bay.
• The Buffalo, Minnesota native had a team-high 10 kills against the Phoenix while also hitting at a .400 clip.
• Zumach became the first K-State freshman to have double-digit kills in her first career match since 2009 when Kathleen Ludwig had 18 kills in a five-set loss to Minnesota on Aug. 28.
• Zumach enters the Varney's Invitational second on the team with 2.33 kills per set.
 
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
• K-State's roster features 14 underclassmen, nine freshmen and five sophomores, and is its most since it had 15 in 2010. 
• Since head coach Suzie Fritz took over the program in 2001, K-State has featured four teams with a double-digit number of freshmen and sophomores: 2004 (11; 20-11 record), 2005 (11; 21-11), 2010 (15; 12-19), and 2011 (10; 22-11).
 
FIGHTING FOR FIVE
• The Wildcats have won 11 straight five-set matches, dating back to when the streak started on November 5, 2011 vs. Texas A&M. 
• Since the start of the 2011 season, K-State has won 16 of its last 17 five-set matches, with the only loss occurring on Oct. 29, 2011 at Baylor. 
• The Wildcats have also not dropped a five-set match at home since September 12, 2009 vs. Purdue, winning 11 straight five-set matches.
 
ARKANSAS SERIES
• K-State leads the all-time series against Arkansas, 6-1.
• The Wildcats have won six straight against the Razorbacks, including a 3-0 win in Fayetteville on Sept. 20, 2013.
• K-State is 4-0 against Arkansas in Manhattan.
• The last meeting between Arkansas and K-State in Manhattan was on Sept. 7, 2007 when the Wildcats won 3-0 (30-23, 30-23, 30-27).
• The Wildcats have not dropped a set to Arkansas since the meeting on Sept. 2, 2005.
• Arkansas won the first ever meeting in the series on Sept. 17, 1998 (3-0).
 
MIDDLE TENNESSEE SERIES
• Friday will mark the first ever meeting between K-State and Middle Tennessee.
• The Wildcats are 11-1 all-time against current Conference USA Teams.
 
UCF SERIES
• K-State is 1-0 all-time against UCF.
• The only previous meeting between the two schools took place on Oct. 10, 1981.
• The Wildcats beat the Knights in five sets (15-13, 10-15, 15-11, 4-15, 15-7) in the Texas Longhorn Classic in Austin, Texas back in 1981.