Wildcats Travel to Take on No. 2 Texas
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State volleyball travels to the Lonestar State on Wednesday to take on the No. 2 Texas Longhorns. The Wildcats catch the Longhorns after their bye weekend as Texas did not play on Saturday. Texas has won both its matches since falling to Iowa State in Ames two weeks ago -- the Longhorns' only loss on the year.
In their previous match with the Longhorns this season, the Wildcats posted a team hitting percentage of .300. It was the highest hitting percentage allowed by the Longhorns, but K-State could not get the upset falling in three sets 20-25, 21-25, 21-25.
K-State looks to get back on the winning track after dropping its last two matches to in-state rival Kansas and No. 8 Iowa State. Those two losses came after the Wildcats posted back-to-back wins for the first time in conference play this season defeating No. 23 Texas A&M in five sets and Texas Tech in four.
On The Airwaves
The two teams met just twice before the inception of the Big 12 Conference, and Texas claimed the first eight meetings with K-State. The Wildcats then won six straight including both matches in Suzie Fritz's first season as head coach. Since then, the Longhorns have lost just once going 14-1 against K-State to hold a 22-7 lead all-time.
Texas: Jerritt Elliott (Cal State Northridge '91) has built Texas back into one of the elite programs in the nation. The team's NCAA Semifinals appearance last year was its first since 1995. Elliott is 215-63 in his ninth year at Texas.
Scouting the Longhorns
Engle is a multiple threat player for the Longhorns making the move to setter this year from opposite where she played her first three years with the Longhorns. Engle is left-handed providing the Texas offense with a versatile player at setter than can attack at the front line to keep defenses off balance. She is averaging 1.89 kills, 9.31 assists and hitting .345 on the year. She also digs more than two balls a set.
Sophomore middle blocker Rachel Adams has made a big impact for the Longhorns this season as she leads the team in hitting percentage at an impressive .492. She does not have enough attacks per set to qualify for the Big 12 lead. Adams pounds out 1.74 kills per set and contributes at the net with 1.12 blocks to lead the Longhorns in that category as well. In UT's last match, Adams was nearly perfect tallying seven kills on eight swings.
Another cog in the Longhorns' wheel is senior outside hitter Juliann Faucette as she is second on the team in kills posting 3.27 kills a set and hitting .270. Faucette also digs 1.90 balls a set.- k-statesports.com -