K-State travels to Texas looking to avoid back-to-back losses

Associate head coach Jeff Grove gives the team a plan on Sept. 8, 2014 at Ahearn Field House. (Rodney Dimick | The Collegian)

After losing in a surprising sweep to Iowa State on Wednesday night, No. 22 K-State (20-4, 7-3) continues their two-game road trip as it heads down to Austin to take on No. 5 Texas (17-1, 9-1).

First serve is set for tonight at 7:00 p.m. in Gregory Gym.

The Wildcats will look to rebound after coming off their first true road loss of the season and only the second loss away from Ahearn Field House.

The last meeting between the Longhorns and the Wildcats this season did not go K-State’s way as its lost in three-straight sets at home.

K-State was no match for a very accurate Longhorn team who hit a combined .406 percent from the floor while the Wildcats only hit .108 percent on the night.

That match marked the 22nd-straight loss to the Longhorns. The Wildcats have also lost 12 straight in Austin and fallen in 15 straight sets.

K-State has not beaten a ranked Texas team in Austin since Oct. 9, 1999.

Both K-State and Texas are in the top half of the conference in both hitting percentages and opponents hitting percentages with head coach Suzie Fritz’s squad ranking third in both and Texas ranking first in both.

K-State has been the superior blocking team in conference averaging 3.05 block per set in conference play while Texas averages 2.99 in the category.

The Wildcats have bested Texas this season in both kills per set and assists per set ranking second and first overall compared to the Longhorns fifth and sixth-place rankings.

With seven more digs, sophomore setter Katie Brand will have a second-consecutive season of 1,000 assists, 250 digs, 75 blocks, 75 kills and 10 aces. That is a landmark not seen for K-State since Devon Ryning achieved the feat in 1996 and 1997.

Tim Everson was born in Wichita, KS in 1994. Before fifth grade he moved up to Manhattan for one year before settling in Riley, KS where he graduated from Riley County High School in 2012. Tim has worked for the Collegian since spring of 2014 and took over as Sports Editor during the summer of 2015. Tim loves sports, music, movies and good food when he can get it.