Oct. 11, 2013
K-State at Oklahoma Game Notes
K-State will look to bounce back from a straight-sets loss at Iowa State when it travels to Oklahoma to take on the Sooners in a Big 12 match on Saturday, October 12. The 7 pm match between the Wildcats and Sooners will be the first meeting between the two schools this season.
Both K-State and Oklahoma enter Saturday following losses. The Sooners were swept by Kansas in Lawrence this past Wednesday.
K-State, which had a .091 hitting percentage against Iowa State and a .134 clip against Big 12 opponents this season, will look to get past the Oklahoma defense. The Sooners are allowing their Big 12 opponents to hit at a .274 clip - the second-highest in the conference.
The Wildcats' defense, meanwhile, is holding its conference opponents to a .188 hitting percentage and averaging 2.63 blocks per set - tied for the second-best mark in the Big 12. K-State has nine or more team blocks in 10 straight matches.
Oklahoma is also the second-straight opponent and third in the last four matches that, just like the Wildcats, received votes in the latest AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll. The Sooners received 79 points in this past Monday's poll before the loss to Kansas, which would have put Oklahoma just on the outside of the Top 25. This season, K-State has one win - against then-#23 Cal on Sept. 14 - in three chances against teams that are either ranked or received votes.
K-State has not won at Oklahoma since 2008 as the Sooners have four-straight wins against the Wildcats in Norman, Okla. and seven wins in the last eight meetings overall. Under head coach Suzie Fritz, the Wildcats are 13-11 against the Sooners since 2001.
The match between K-State and Oklahoma can be heard on KMAN 1350 or online at k-statesports.com. Rob Voelker will call the action, starting with the pregame show at 6:30 pm. The pregame show is only available online. For updates on Twitter, be sure to follow @kstate_gameday.
Notes: Junior Taylor Johnson had three blocks at Iowa State, helping her average 1.67 blocks per set over her last five matches. The middle blocker is fourth in the Big 12 this season with an average of 1.30 blocks ... Redshirt freshman Katie Brand is ninth in the Big 12 with 1.07 blocks per set in conference matches. The setter had a team-high four blocks at Iowa State. Brand is the only player in the Big 12 to rank in the top 10 in assists per set (10.00) and blocks per set for conference matches ... Brand also recorded her eighth double-double of the season on Wednesday (25 assists, 11 digs). Brand is tied with senior Kaitlynn Pelger for the team-lead in double-doubles ... Junior Chelsea Keating had a season-high three blocks on Wednesday at Iowa State ... Junior Natali Jones, who had three blocks at Iowa State, is averaging 1.15 blocks per set this season ... Senior Courtney Traxson is averaging 2.60 kills per set over her last four matches. The outside hitter needs five kills to match her entire kills output from last season (137).
More notes can be found here.
K-State (13-4, 1-3 Big 12) at Oklahoma (14-4, 2-2 Big 12)
7 pm in McCasland Field House (Norman, Okla.)
All-Time Series: Oklahoma leads 51-26-1
Last Meeting: Oklahoma won 3-1 (25-22, 16-25, 26-24, 25-14) on Nov. 24, 2012 in Manhattan, Kan.
The Last Meeting
November 24, 2012
Ahearn Field House
Wildcats' Block not Enough on Senior Night
It was Senior Night for a special group of Wildcats at Ahearn Field House on Saturday, but the No. 25 K-State volleyball team could not get them a victory to close the regular season as Oklahoma swept the season series with a 3-1 win. K-State fell 22-25, 25-16, 24-26, 14-25 to the Sooners and finishes the season in fifth place in the Big 12 Conference standings heading into the postseason.
Series Notes: Oklahoma won both matchups in 2012 ... K-State won 14 straight matches against Oklahoma from 1999-2005 before Oklahoma has went on to win 11 of the last 14 meetings between the two schools.
Listen to the game here.