Open arms


The Wildcats open up Big 12 Conference play Saturday night at Ahearn Field House as they host the Baylor Bears at 7 p.m.

K-State will enter the match at 11-3 riding a wave of momentum, as they have won their last seven matches. These victories include a win over St. Mary’s, a team that was receiving votes in the polls on their home court. With a win against the Bears on Saturday night, the Wildcats would tie their number of wins from all of last season. However, as the past few matches have proven in this series, the Wildcats will need to play to defeat the Bears.

Even though the Wildcats lead the all-time series 21-10, the Bears have won the past four matches.

Baylor will enter the match with a record of 11-4. The Bears opened conference play Wednesday night at home against the Oklahoma Sooners and were defeated three sets to one. Baylor will be led by junior middle blocker Torri Campbell. Campbell, a former Texas Gatorade Player of the Year, leads the team with 2.8 kills per set to go along with a hitting percentage of .376. Campbell is coming off a huge game against the Sooners where she had 15 kills for the match. The Bears will look to rebound from that loss as well as keep up the recent streak against the Wildcats. If the Bears are going to be able to do this, they will have to try and slow down Kaitlynn Pelger as she has been playing some of her best volleyball.

Pelger had quite the week despite not playing a single match since last Saturday. After being named the MVP in the St. Mary’s Invitational, Pelger was also announced the Big 12 Player of the Week, as well as the College Volleyball Update National Player of the Week.

After struggling early in the season to get off to a good start in the first sets, the Wildcats appear to be improving.

Part of the problem was due to the team’s youth. The Wildcats do not have a senior on the team and it showed early in the year. The team is really coming together and in the past few matches have been able to fight through the match and get back on track. This will be key for the team as they move on to conference play.

The Wildcats are starting to play their best volleyball and it comes at the perfect time with conference play starting. The Wildcats will look to push this win streak to eight consecutive matches.