Volleyball will try for an upset against Texas Longhorns

The Kansas State women's volleyball team play Iowa State at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kan. on Oct. 25, 2017. (File photo by Sabrina Cline | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State volleyball team is aiming to upset the University of Texas, a team ranked number three in the country, at home tonight.

The Wildcats will come into the contest at 9-14 overall and 2-8 in Big 12 conference play, while the Longhorns sit atop the conference at 17-2 overall, 9-0 in Big 12 conference play and riding an 11-game winning streak.

K-State previously fell in three sets to the Longhorns this season on Sept. 30.

The Wildcats are coming off a five-set loss to Texas Tech on Saturday. Despite the losing effort, the team had some outstanding individual performances.

Junior middle blocker Macy Flowers had a career-high 13 blocks, while freshman libero Reilly Killeen and senior opposite Bryna Vogel had career highs of 29 digs each. K-State recorded 19 blocks and 109 digs as a team on Saturday, both season highs.

Offensively, Vogel and junior outside hitter Kylee Zumach had 12 kills each, freshman outside hitter Brynn Carlson had 11 kills and freshman middle blocker Peyton Williams provided 10 kills.

The match against the Red Raiders was the Wildcats’ eighth five-set match this season, which equals the team’s five-set match total from the 2014 season.

As for the Texas Longhorns, the team is riding an 11-match winning streak and leading in many categories in the Big 12.

The Longhorns lead in team hitting percentage at .309, and the team has the best defense in the conference, with opponents hitting only .167 and averaging 3.36 blocks per set against the Longhorns.

Texas senior Chiaka Ogbogu is leading the Big 12 in hitting percentage at .402, while junior Morgan Johnson is averaging 1.3 blocks per set.

The Longhorns have historically dominated the Wildcats in volleyball. K-State has lost to Texas in 28 consecutive matches through the years, which is the longest active losing streak the Wildcats have against any team in the Big 12.

The Wildcats will aim to break a 12-match losing streak against ranked opponents. This year alone, K-State has a 0-7 record versus ranked teams.

The game will begin inside Ahearn Field House at 8 p.m. It will be broadcast live on ESPNU.