MANHATTAN, Kan. – Fresh off a home sweep of Iowa State Sunday, K-State makes the journey to Morgantown, West Virginia, to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers Wednesday at WVU Coliseum at 5 p.m. CT.
K-State (10-6, 1-2 Big 12) snapped a four-match skid Sunday, picking up its second straight sweep of Iowa State dating back to last season, and marked the Wildcats’ first conference win of the season.
Shaylee Myers paced the Wildcats offense with 17 kills while Sydney Bolding added 10. The Cats served up 11 aces against ISU, with Bolding accounting for four. Myers was tabbed Big 12 Rookie of the Week Tuesday after averaging 4.50 kills per set last week.
West Virginia (6-9, 0-3 Big 12) is looking for its first Big 12 win of the season after suffering losses to Texas Tech, TCU and Oklahoma to begin league play.
K-State owns a 12-8 lead in the all-time series, which started when WVU joined the Big 12 Conference ahead of the 2012 season. The Cats are 6-4 all-time in Morgantown and have won three of the last four in the series overall.
The match will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and the ESPN app. Fans can also tune in to Rob Voelker’s call on News Radio KMAN (93.3 FM), online at K-StateSports.com/watch and on the K-State Sports app.
K-STATE (10-6, 1-2 BIG 12) at WEST VIRGINIA (6-9, 0-3 BIG 12)
Wednesday, Oct. 5 // 5 p.m. CT // WVU Coliseum // Morgantown, W.Va.
Watch: Big 12 Now on ESPN+ // ESPN app
Radio: News Radio KMAN (93.3 FM) // Rob Voelker
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K-STATE AT A GLANCE
- K-State makes the trip to Morgantown, West Virginia, for a Wednesday-night tilt against the Mountaineers at WVU Coliseum.
- The Wildcats are coming off their first Big 12 win of the season after a home sweep of Iowa State Sunday on ESPNU.
- Against the Cyclones, Shaylee Myers logged a match-high 17 kills while hitting .311.
- Sydney Bolding hummed at a .500 pace in recording 10 kills in addition to a career-high-tying four aces.
- K-State finished the match with 11 aces for its sixth outing with at least 10 aces this season (one shy of tying the program’s rally-scoring record of seven set in 2007).
- Loren Hinkle added three aces in addition to 37 assists, upping her career total to 96 career service aces.
- Mackenzie Morris carded a match-leading 22 digs, equaling the single-match high of any three-set contest in the Big 12 this season.
- Morris has turned in at least 20 digs in four of her last five matches and moved into sole possession of third place in K-State history with 17 20-dig matches in her career (rally-scoring era).
- Elena Baka and Kadye Fernholz each chipped in six kills Sunday, while Fernholz led the Cats with five blocks.
- The win snapped a season-long four-match losing skid and also marked the seventh straight-set victory of the season (7-1).
- The seven three-set wins mark the most by the Wildcats since eight during the 2018 season.
SCOUTING WEST VIRGINIA
- West Virginia (6-9, 0-3 Big 12) enters Wednesday having dropped three consecutive matches to open Big 12 play.
- The Mountaineers suffered back-to-back five-set losses against Texas Tech and TCU before being swept by Oklahoma Saturday.
- WVU is 3-1 at home with an 0-1 record during league play, dropping a five-setter to Texas Tech.
- Adrian Ell spearheads the Mountaineer offense with 3.09 kills per set (173 total kills) while Bailey Miller is next at 170 total kills (2.88 per set).
- Ell is currently 10th in the conference in kills per set.
- WVU’s offense has a team efficiency of .160, which ranks last in the Big 12.
- West Virginia also ranks ninth offensively in kills per set and assists per set.
- Miller and Ell rank ninth and 10th in the league, respectively, in aces per set.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- K-State leads the all-time series 12-8, which began when West Virginia joined the Big 12 ahead of the 2012 season.
- The Wildcats are 6-4 in Morgantown and have the last two road matches in the series, taking both matches in five sets at WVU Coliseum in 2020.
- The sides split the season series a year ago in Manhattan, as the Cats won a four-set match to open the series before the Mountaineers claimed a straight-set win in the finale.
- K-State has won three of the last four matchups, but WVU has won six of the last 10 overall.
- Head coach Suzie Fritz is 12-8 in her career against West Virginia and 6-4 on the road.
- With her 20 digs on Sept. 24 against Kansas, K-State junior libero Mackenzie Morris joined the 1,000-digs club.
- She became the seventh Wildcat to play her entire career in the rally-scoring era to reach career dig No. 1,000.
- Additionally, Morris is the fastest player in program history (rally-scoring era) to reach the milestone, doing so in just 63 matches.
- Earlier this season, Morris set a career high with 25 digs against UCF and produced three straight 20-dig outings from Sept. 16-24 – the longest such stretch of her career.
- After 22 digs Sunday against Iowa State, Morris has carded four 20-dig performances over her last five matches.
- Her 22 digs equaled the highest total in a three-set match in the Big 12 this season (Zoe Fleck, Texas).
- The Dallas native now owns 17 career matches with at least 20 digs, as she now has sole possession of third place in program history.
- At 4.13 digs per set, she is currently one of just two players in the rally-scoring era to average over 4.00 digs per set (Angie Lastra, 4.37).
- Morris is one of just four active players in the Big 12 with at least 1,000 career digs (third among active Big 12 athletes).
ACES IN SPADES
- After 11 aces against Iowa State Sunday, K-State has racked up 116 service aces, ranking first in the Big 12 and 18th nationally.
- Additionally, the team’s 1.93 aces-per-set average is 19th nationally and best in the conference.
- Sydney Bolding, with four aces against the Cyclones, has taken over as the team leader with 26 aces.
- Bolding now has seven matches with multiple aces and has equaled her career high of four aces three times this season.
- Elena Baka is second on the team and fourth in the league with 24 aces while Loren Hinkle is in a tie for eighth at 17 aces.
- Six times the Cats have eclipsed the 10-ace mark, including in back-to-back matches at the UCF Challenge with 11 against Syracuse and a season-high 12 vs. North Florida.
- The 12 aces were the most in a three-set match since the 2007 season and were tied for fourth-most in the rally-scoring era.
- It was the first time K-State produced back-to-back matches with at least 10 aces since 2007.
- Last season, K-State finished with 10 or more aces just twice.
- Additionally, the six matches with 10 or more aces are the most since a rally-scoring-record seven matches in 2007.
BOLDING BREAKING OUT
- Senior middle blocker Sydney Bolding is off to a fast start for K-State in 2022, hitting .332 and averaging 2.00 kills per set with 1.26 blocks per set and 26 aces.
- Bolding three times has produced four aces this season, including in K-State’s last match against Iowa State and four coming in the first set alone against St. Thomas.
- The four aces matched a career high, as she has seven matches with multiple aces this season (two such matches last season).
- Her 26 aces are the most by a Wildcat middle blocker since Zsofia Gyimes’ 31 in 2018.
- The record for a K-State middle blocker in the rally-scoring era is 37 aces, done by Lauren Goehring (2001) and Kaitlynn Pelger (2013).
- She was named to the Rambler Challenge All-Tournament Team, her second all-tournament team selection after also being voted to the K-State Invitational All-Tournament Team.
- Bolding, who missed the first three weeks of the 2021 season due to injury, turned in a season-high eight blocks against Kansas City.
- The Pickens, South Carolina, product has eclipsed double-figure kills six times this season and has hit .350 or better seven times, including a career-best .588 at Rice.
SAY HEY, SHAY
- K-State freshman Shaylee Myers has made the most of her opportunities this season, hitting .322 while averaging a team-best 3.95 kills per set.
- Nine times she has eclipsed double-figure kills, with a season-high 23 coming in a five-set win over Missouri on Sept. 7.
- The 23 kills are the highest single-match total of any Wildcat this season.
- Myers produced her first career double-double at Rice on Sept. 16, logging 17 kills and 10 digs.
- She has led or tied for the team lead in kills six times, including four of the last seven matches.
- Twelve times a Wildcat has reached 15 or more kills, with Myers owning five of those outings.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- K-State has won the opening set in 12 of 16 outings to begin the campaign, going 9-3 in those matches.
- The Wildcats are unbeaten (8-0) when hitting at a higher hitting percentage and are 9-1 when producing more kills than their opponents.
- Additionally, the Cats have won all eight matches in which they have limited their opponents to a hitting efficiency under .200.
- With seven straight-set victories this season, K-State has more than doubled its total from last season (3) and are the most since eight sweeps in 2018.
- The Wildcats’ 3-0 over Kansas City marked the 200th sweep under Fritz.
- Fritz collected her 200th career home win against Missouri on Sept. 7 and is 12 away from her 400th career win at the helm of the Wildcats.