Wildcats Host 'Huskers in Final Home Match
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State volleyball closes its home schedule on Wednesday night as the Wildcats take on rival Nebraska at 7 p.m. at Ahearn Field House. The Cornhuskers enter the contest on a five-match winning streak - all of them sweeps - and ranked No. 8 in the nation. K-State will be sending off two seniors in their final home matches at Ahearn in Kelsey Chipman and Soriana Pacheco. In the Wildcats' first meeting with the Cornhuskers this season, Nebraska got the best of K-State in Lincoln winning in three sets 25-13, 25-19, 25-18.
Wednesday will be Keep the Red Out Night as fans are encouraged to pack Ahearn Field House with purple for the match. The first 100 fans who are not season ticket holders will receive a free "Keep the Red Out" T-shirt. Season ticket holders will be guaranteed a shirt with a separate line for them to claim theirs. This season fans have helped make Ahearn one of the most exciting venues in college volleyball averaging nearly 1,800 fans a match and ranking 22nd in the nation in attendance.
On The Airwaves
Nebraska has been a dominant team at home throughout its history, and K-State is the only team to beat the Cornhuskers on their home floor twice since the inception of the Big 12 Conference in 1996.
Nebraska: John Cook (San Diego '79) has helped Nebraska maintain its position as one of the elite programs in the nation in his nine years with the program. Cook has taken Nebraska to five NCAA Semifinal appearances and won two national titles.
Scouting the Cornhuskers
Werth is joined by four teammates in averaging more than 2.25 kills a set with outside hitter Tara Mueller pounding out 2.98 kills a set. Lindsey Licht (2.75), Kori Cooper (2.44) and Brooke Delano (2.32) follow. Delano has thrived in her new role in the starting lineup this season as she is second on the team in hitting percentage at .358 and leads in blocks averaging 1.17 a set. Delano ranks third in Big 12 in conference matches only in blocks.
Sydney Anderson makes the Nebraska offense go averaging 11.38 assists a set to rank second in the Big 12. Libero Kayla Banwarth is averaging 4.86 digs a set to rank second in the league ahead of K-State's Lauren Mathewson. Banwarth has earned two Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week awards this season.
Catching up with the 'Cats
The Wildcats also had a strong day at the service line with six aces - the most in a three-set match this season. K-State has climbed to fourth in the conference in aces as a team after being near the bottom of the league midway through the season.
Three Wildcats continue to move up the record books at K-State as libero Lauren Mathewson needs one dig to move into fifth in career digs, and setter Soriana Pacheco has moved closer to eighth in career assists. Middle blocker Kelsey Chipman is putting a larger gap on the career block assists list between herself and third place with 451. Pacheco's 2,038 assists are 69 behind Kristin Martin for eighth.
Chisholm Makes the Grade
Chisholm was eligible for the Academic All-America Team after her selection to the first team of the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Team where she was joined by teammate Kelsey Chipman. The pair also made Academic All-Big 12 First Team along with Abby Fay and Lauren Mathewson.- k-statesports.com -