K-State Set to Battle Buffaloes in Boulder
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State Wildcats travel to take on conference rival Colorado on Wednesday night looking to get back on the winning track after falling to Kansas on Saturday. K-State catches Colorado after the Buffaloes lost in four at Texas A&M this weekend.
The match finds both teams fighting for their second win in conference play as Colorado has defeated Texas Tech and K-State bested Missouri last week. In their last meeting with the Buffaloes, the Wildcats saw a dominating performance by middle blocker Kelsey Chipman. Chipman tallied 17 kills on 30 swings and one error to hit an impressive .533. She also posted six block assists and two solo stop s.
This will be the first time K-State coach Suzie Fritz has met Colorado coach Liz Kritza as she takes over the program this season for the Buffaloes. Kritza coached at Tulane four seasons and helped the Green Wave to its first Conference USA title last season with a 28-6 record and reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
On The Airwaves
K-State has won four straight matches against Colorado and won an exciting four-set match in Boulder last season. The Wildcats dropped the first set 23-25 before winning the two sets 25-20 and 25-18. The fifth set went to extra points with K-State finally closing the door 27-25.
Colorado: Liz Kritza (Tulane 2000) is in her first year heading the Buffaloes. Before coming to Colorado, Kritza guided Tulane to its first Conference USA title and was named AVCA Midwest Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
Scouting the Buffaloes
The Buffaloes are led by sophomore outside hitter Becah Fogle with 3.24 kills per set. She also is one of the team's leading defenders with 2.22 digs per set. A pair of outside hitters join Fogle as the team's top offensive threats with sophomore Rosie Steinhaus and Kerra Schroeder averaging 2.66 and 2.44 kills. Colorado is hitting just .155 as a team while opponents are hitting a .236 clip.
Defensively, Colorado is led by transfer Katie Evanyo with 3.08 digs per set. Evanyo transferred to Colorado from Florida Atlantic where the Colorado native tallied 114 kills as a freshman. Nikki Kinzer leads the front line of defense with 0.90 blocks per set. Kinzer led with three block assists in the loss to Texas A&M.
Colorado is 6-12 overall on the year and posted consecutive wins just once this season defeating Fairfield and Georgetown on back-to-back days at a tournament hosted by Yale. The Buffaloes opened conference play with a losing streak much like K-State had dropping their first seven matches before defeating Texas Tech. K-State lost its first six Big 12 contests this season.- k-statesports.com -