the north face luggage Cats look to get back on track in Atlanta
The K State volleyball team takes to the road as it seeks to end a four match losing streak at the Georgia Tech Invitational beginning Thursday at O’Keefe Gym in Atlanta where it will face off with North Florida, Xavier and Georgia Tech.
K State (2 4) will meet North Florida (4 3) and Xavier (4 3) for the first time ever while the all time series with Georgia Tech (2 5) is tied, 2 2, after the Wildcats’ five set win at Bramlage Coliseum at the Wildcat Classic last season. The Wildcats match with Georgia Tech can be seen on ACC Network Extra.
K State (2 4) went 0 3 at the K State Invitational at Ahearn Field House over the weekend, dropping matches to Arkansas (2 3), Syracuse (1 3) and No. 6 Wisconsin (0 3). The Wildcats start out 0 3 at home for the first time in program history and is under .500 since beginning the season 0 2 in 2011.
Outside hitter Kylee Zumach led the Cats in kills in two of the three matches last weekend and has been the team’s leader in the category in five of six matches this season. Zumach has led K State in kills in five of six matches this season, reaching double figure kills in all five of such matches. The 6 4 outside hitter also tallied double digit digs in back to back matches while in Corvallis (Idaho, OSU), including a career high 12 against the Beavers.
This weekend will mark the first time K State will meet North Florida and Xavier while the al time series with Georgia Tech is tied, 2 2, after the Wildcats’ five set win over the Yellow Jackets in Manhattan last season.
North Florida (4 3) leads the Atlantic Sun Conference with 2.58 blocks per set with Alana Shoff leading the conference with 1.46 bps.
Xavier is 4 3 after beginning the season 3 0. The Musketeers are tops in the Big East in digs per set (18.37) and total kills (357). Xavier is paced by Kristen Massa, who leads her squad with 3.56 kps and Meredith Klare, who is the Big East leader in dps (4.89).
Georgia Tech is 2 5 to begin the season and have already faced three top 25 opponents: No. 17 Michigan State, No. 17 San Diego and No. 4 Texas. The Yellow Jackets upset the Spartans in four sets on Aug. 26. The Yellow Jackets’ leader in kps is Gabriela Stavnetchei at 3.48. As a team, Georgia Tech hits at a .165 clip.
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