Wildcat volleyball team aims for retribution against Jayhawks tonight

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Outside hitter Brynn Carlson blocks the ball during the Sunflower Showdown match at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kan. on Sept. 24, 2017. (File photo by Kelly Pham | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State volleyball team will travel to Lawrence for a showdown versus KU inside Horejsi Family Athletics Center tonight at 6:30 p.m.

The Wildcats will aim to get revenge on Kansas after a five-set loss at home earlier this season. K-State comes into the match with an overall record of 9-15 and 2-9 in conference play, while the Jayhawks are 20-4 overall and 9-2 in Big 12 play.

In its last outing, K-State almost pulled off a huge upset against Texas, but the Wildcats lost in five sets.

Junior Kylee Zumach had 19 kills in the losing effort and will most likely eclipse the 1000 kill mark in her career in this next game, making her just the 18th in school history to hit that achievement.

Zumach, sophomore Sarah Dixon and senior Bryna Vogel all finished with double-doubles in the match against the Longhorns, Vogel with the team high of 19 digs.

The loss marked the sixth straight loss for K-State and the second straight year that the Wildcats lost to the Longhorns in five sets at home.

As for team on the other side of the net on Wednesday night, Kansas has won four of its last five matches and are in third in the Big 12 standings. They are led in kills by Kelsie Payne and Madison Rigdon, who rank in the top four of the conference in kills per set at 3.82 and 3.59, respectively.

Payne, along with Zoe Hill and Taylor Alexander, are in the Big 12’s top 10 for hitting percentage as well.

Ainise Havili leads the league with 11.70 assists per set, which has helped Kansas to a 7-2 record at home this season.

Kansas is in second in the conference as a team in kills per set, assists per set and digs per set.

The Sunflower Showdown has been very friendly for Kansas lately, as they have won the last six matches. The last Wildcat win came in 2014 in Lawrence.

K-State head coach Suzie Fritz still leads the series in her tenure, as she is 19-14 against Kansas.

The Jayhawks will try and keep its six-game winning streak against the Wildcats tonight. The first serve is set for 6:30 p.m.

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