Wildcat volleyball takes on Horned Frogs in Texas

Fans fill Ahearn Field House during the Sunflower Showdown volleyball match between the University of Kansas and Kansas State University at Ahearn Field House on September 24, 2017. (Photo by Cooper Kinley | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State volleyball team will look to break a two-match losing streak on Wednesday night as it travels to Fort Worth to take on the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs at 8 p.m. on ESPNU. The Wildcats are now 8-8 overall and 1-2 in Big 12 play.

The home court advantage has been important lately in this series, as the home team has come out on top in the last five matchups. K-State has been successful against the Horned Frogs, as they are 7-3 since TCU joined the conference in 2012.

Wednesday night will mark the 300th career conference match for K-State Head Coach Suzie Fritz, in which she has won 168 of those. It will also be the program’s 400th match in Big 12 play.

The last time the Wildcats were on the court, they suffered a straight set loss to no. 5-ranked, Texas in Austin. That was the 28th straight loss to Texas dating back to 2012, but junior outside hitter Kylee Zumach had a nice match, collecting 14 kills.

The Longhorns offense was too much for K-State, as they nearly hit .500 on the match and the team failed to record a block, which was the first time a Fritz team has failed to do that in her career.

As for the other side of the net on Wednesday night, TCU has struggled so far in conference play, as they are 0-3 and coming off a loss to the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday night in Lawrence.

They are 8-6 overall and are being led in kills by Ashley Martin, who averages 3.08 kills per set, which is ninth in the conference. On the defensive side, the Horned Frogs are paced by Dani Dennison, who averages 4.82 digs per set, coming in at third Big 12 play.

The absence for the Horned Frogs has been their ability to kill the ball, as they have a hitting percentage and opponent hitting percentage that puts them in the bottom of the conference.

The Horned Frogs have yet to win a match since Sept. 16, when they beat Sam Houston State in four sets, and have yet to beat a team in a power five conference all season.

The Wildcats will look to continue their dominance against TCU and go 3-3 all time when playing in Fort Worth on Wednesday night as first serve is set for 8 p.m.