Oct. 1, 2013
KU vs. K-State Game Notes
The Big 12 schedule is only one-game old in 2013, but the time has arrived for a new entry in the K-State-Kansas rivalry. On Wednesday, October 2, the Wildcats will face the Jayhawks in Ahearn Field House at 7 pm.
For what is always a raucous crowd, the K-State fans will certainly provide a home-court advantage for the Wildcats. The student section will be loud - with the first 200 students donning "Beat KU" shirts - while the rest of crowd will match or possibly outdo the students' cheering.
The difference of Ahearn is about 14 - that is 14 wins above .500 for the Wildcats. Since 1977, K-State is 28-14 against KU in Ahearn Field House, including five wins in the last seven matchups in Manhattan.
Wednesday is the 106th meeting between K-State and Kansas in volleyball since 1974. Although Kansas won both matches last season, K-State holds a 62-43-1 lead in the all-time series. Wildcats head coach Suzie Fritz is 20-6 against KU, which is led by Fritz's former coach and colleague Ray Bechard.
Bechard was the head coach at Barton County Community College from 1985-1997, which included two years as Fritz's head coach from 1990-91. Fritz was an assistant coach under Bechard at Barton from 1995-96.
While the Jayhawks enter Wednesday's showdown with a sweep of TCU in their last match, the Wildcats fell at West Virginia in the last time K-State took the court on September 27. The loss to the Moutaineers snapped K-State's five-match winning streak.
The Sunflower Showdown match can be seen in person, with tickets starting at $8 for adults and $5 for youth, seniors and military. For all other fans, the rivalry can be seen played out on Fox Sports Midwest by K-StateHD.TV. Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and Liz Wegner-Bush (analyst) will call the action on television. The match can also be heard on radio on KMAN 1350 or online at k-statesports.com. Rob Voelker will broadcast the game on both audio feeds.
Notes: K-State enters Wednesday's Sunflower Showdown pacing the Big 12 in blocks with 2.79 per set. Junior middle blocker Taylor Johnson, who has nine blocks in each of her last two matches, is leading the Wildcats with 1.35 blocks per set ... Johnson is the first Wildcat to have nine or more blocks in back-to-back matches since Kelsey Chipman in 2007 ... The Wildcats are 17th in the nation in blocks per set while Johnson is 27th in the nation in the same category for individuals ... Senior middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger is one kill shy of tying Shawnee Call (1985-88) for fifth on K-State's all-time career kills list. Pelger has 1,336 kills entering Wednesday, which are the most among all active Big 12 players ... K-State is the only school to have three players in the Big 12's top 10 of aces per set. Pelger (0.37), Brand (0.31) and McCarty (0.27) are third, seventh and ninth, respectively, in the conference ... Fritz will be presented with a ceremonial volleyball prior to Wednesday's match in recognition of her recording her 250th career win on September 22 at Missouri State. Fritz is K-State's all-time winningest coach, posting a 250-138 career record with the Wildcats.
More notes can be found here.
Kansas (11-3, 1-0) at K-State (12-2, 0-1)
7 pm in Ahearn Field House (Manhattan, Kan.)
All-time series: 62-43-1
Last meeting: Kansas won 3-1 (13-25, 28-26, 26-24, 27-25) on Nov. 7, 2012 in Ahearn Field House
Last K-State win: Nov. 23, 2011; Wildcats won 3-1 (19-25, 25-18, 26-24, 28-26) in Ahearn Field House
Series note: The team that has lost the first set in the last four meetings has gone on to win the match each time.
Live stats can be found here.
Listen to the game online here.
The Last Meeting
November 7, 2012
Ahearn Field House
Wildcats Fall in Tight Sunflower Showdown
After dropping the Dillons Sunflower Showdown in Lawrence earlier this year, the No. 17 K-State Wildcats were looking to return the favor to their rival Kansas Jayhawks at home on Wednesday night. That plan would not come to fruition as the Wildcats again lost in a tightly contested match that saw the final three sets decided by the minimum two points and going to extra points.