Wildcats Quiet Lions

Lauren Mathewson

Sept. 3, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State Wildcats opened their annual Varney’s Kansas State Invitational with a sweep of the Loyola Marymount Lions on Friday afternoon with a strong defensive effort. Senior starting libero Lauren Mathewson posted 19 digs to give her 42 over the last two matches including Wednesday night.

The effort was assisted by sophomore opposite Kathleen Ludwig as she contributed 12 digs to the 25-21, 25-18, 25-21 sweep. Ludwig also just missed out on a double-double with nine kills and an impressive .533 hitting percentage. Senior outside hitter JuliAnne Chisholm also tallied nine kills while both middle blockers Alex Muff and Kaitlynn Pelger contributed six for the offense. Muff and Pelger each also had six block assists.

K-State’s offense also found a rhythm hitting .227 in the first set while the defense held the Lions to a .196 clip. The Wildcats (2-3) slowed pace to .152 for the next two sets but thanks to solid defense and blocking were able to hold LMU (2-2) to a negative percentage in the second and third sets and just .066 for the entire match. The Wildcats out-blocked the Lions 13-8 on the day.

In the second set, K-State opened up a large lead holding the edge 20-9 at one point. The Lions would charge back, however, scoring six of the next seven points to make it 21-16 in favor of the Wildcats. K-State was able to hold off the Lions and get the win to take a 2-0 into the locker room at the break.

K-State came out in the third set and fell behind early but fought back with a 5-0 run to take a 20-18 lead. The two teams exchanged blows for a bit as LMU tied it back up before K-State took the set 25-21 to end the match with the sweep.

The Wildcats will continue action in the Varney’s Kansas State Invitational as they take on Oral Roberts (2-3) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Golden Eagles fell in straight sets to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-1) in the first match Friday morning.