Wildcats Ready for Ranked Baylor Bears
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State Wildcats return home for a Wildcat Weekend on Saturday to take on the No. 23 Baylor Bears at 7 p.m. K-State comes into the match off a strong performance at Colorado on Wednesday defeating the Buffaloes in four sets. Baylor finds itself in a three-match skid losing to Texas A&M, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
Fans can get in the match for just $3 with their ticket stub to K-State's football game against Colorado on Saturday morning to help cheer on the Wildcats at Ahearn where K-State currently ranks 17th nationally in attendance.
In their previous meeting in Waco, Texas, this season, the Wildcats and Bears battled through four sets before Baylor got the victory 25-10, 20-25, 25-13, 25-22. K-State was led by the efforts of Vanessa Murray and JuliAnne Chisholm in the loss with 12 and 11 kills respectively, but the team struggled to produce consistent offense hitting just .061 -- a season low for the Wildcats.
K-State will look to turn that performance around and ride the momentum from hitting .248 against Colorado on Wednesday and get a win over a ranked opponent and head into two road trips next week on a winning streak.
On The Airwaves
Baylor won the first matchup this season 3-1, but have won back-to-back matches against the Wildcats just once in the history of the series winning both matches in 1999.
Baylor: Jim Barnes (McNeese State '94) is in his sixth season at the helm at Baylor. He has led the Bears to their first AVCA Top 25 ranking in eight years as they are currently No. 23 in the nation.
Scouting the Bears
Breyfogle is joined by outside hitter Katie Sanders to help lead Baylor's offense to a 17-4 record so far this season. Sanders leads the Bears with 3.19 kills per set and makes a large contribution defensively with 3.03 digs a set.
Setter Taylor Barnes is averaging 10.69 assists per set and has proven to be a complete player adding 1.22 kills per set at a .355 hitting percentage. She also is the conference's top server with 0.39 aces a set with her topspin jump serve.
Since climbing as high as No. 17 in the AVCA Coaches Poll, Baylor has gone 1-3 with its lone win coming against Texas Tech. The Bears fell to a Texas A&M that was the leading vote getter outside the Top 25, a No. 7 Nebraska team and an unranked Oklahoma team on the road.- k-statesports.com -