K-State volleyball looks for first Big 12 win against TCU on Saturday

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Following a rally the Wildcats huddle together across the court from the Longhorns. The September 19th game was played in Ahearn Fieldhouse. (Rowan Jones|Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State volleyball team will return home to play against Texas Christian University on Saturday.

The Wildcats have lost their first three matches of conference play. Their overall record is 10-4 and they are 4-1 in Manhattan at home.

Redshirt senior outside hitter Kylee Zumach leads the Wildcats with four kills per set. Redshirt junior setter Sarah Dixon has scored 29 points this season.

Inside Ahearn Field House this season, the Wildcats are 4-1 with their home crowd support. They have lost their first three matches against conference opponents.

Their first Big 12 loss was against the then-No. 5 nationally ranked Texas Longhorns. The Wildcats took the first set with a score of 26-24 but ultimately fell in five sets during their Big 12 home opener.

On Friday night in Norman, K-State was swept by Oklahoma in three straight sets. The Wildcats then traveled to Morgantown to take on West Virginia on Wednesday night. The Mountaineers beat the Wildcats in three sets as well to send K-State back home winless to start conference play.

The Horned Frogs are 9-4 overall and 1-1 in Big 12 play. They lost their last match against the Kansas Jayhawks three sets to one on Saturday. The Horned Frogs are 0-2 in road matches this season.

The last match for TCU resulted in a loss to KU in Lawrence. The Horned Frogs were able to win the first set 30-28 but lost three straight to give KU the victory in four sets. The teams forced two of the four sets to extra points to determine a winner.

Sophomore setter Tori Dilfer is at the top of the stats sheet for TCU in assists with 548 and service aces with 26. Sophomore middle blocker Sarah Swanson has 94 kills for the Horned Frogs. Swanson added six kills to her total against the Jayhawks.

Freshman outside hitter Élan McCall recorded her seventh double-double this season. McCall has averaged five kills per set and 3.71 digs per set during the first two matches of conference play for TCU.

K-State is set to play for their first win against a Big 12 opponent this season when they take on TCU inside Ahearn Field House on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Fans that are unable to attend the game can watch on ESPN3 or listen on KMAN radio.

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