Wildcats Drop Denver in Three Sets

Alex Muff

Aug. 31, 2012

Box Score

OMAHA, Neb. – K-State volleyball made quick work of the Denver Pioneers to open the Bluejay Invitational on Friday afternoon getting the sweep. The No. 21 Wildcats tallied the win 25-16, 25-15, 25-19 with an impressive showing from senior middle blocker Alex Muff along with Kaitlynn Pelger and Lilla Porubek.

Muff came out firing up the middle as she posted four kills on five swings in the opening set. She responded with a perfect 4-for-4 in the second before getting her first errors of the match in the third. Muff finished the match with 11 kills and a hitting percentage of .500.

Pelger had another all-around match for the Wildcats pounding out eight kills to go with her .429 hitting percentage. She added eight digs, four blocks and two aces on the day to help put the Pioneers away in straight sets. Porubek also contributed eight kills and hit .273. Senior libero Kuulei Kabalis shored up the back row defense with 14 digs.

K-State (4-0) had one of its better blocking performances of the season so far with nine rejections. Those blocks along with 11 additional errors from Denver (2-2) gave the Pioneers a team hitting percentage of just .086. It marked the second time this season the Wildcats have held their opponent to under .100 hitting. It is the 47th time K-State has accomplished that feat in Head Coach Suzie Fritz’s tenure.

The Wildcats have three players from Nebraska on the roster this season and two of them got in on the action in their home state on Friday afternoon. Junior outside hitter Courtney Cook subbed in for Porubek during the second set and got a block on the first play she was in the game. Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Johnson was efficient getting three kills on three swings when she was on the court.

K-State will take on tournament host Creighton at noon on Saturday before facing the Syracuse Orange at 5:30. The Bluejays are receiving votes in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll and Syracuse opened the season 3-0 last weekend at a tournament hosted by Colgate.

The matches on Saturday can be heard on 1350 KMAN with Rob Voelker calling the action. All matches at the Bluejay Invitational are also being webcast online for fans wanting to watch live. Creighton is offering 24- and 48-hour subscriptions at gocreighton.com. To sign up, click on the Live Video link at the top of the Bluejays’ homepage.