Wildcats Ground Golden Eagles

Caitlyn Donahue

Sept. 3, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State Wildcats got their second sweep of the day at the Varney’s Kansas State Invitational as they bested Oral Roberts on Friday night 25-20, 25-20, 25-14. The win enabled the Wildcats to get off the court as soon as possible to prepare to play their fourth match in four days on Saturday when they close the tournament against Georgia Tech.

Senior outside hitter JuliAnne Chisholm had another stellar night attacking for K-State (3-3) as she led in kills with 17 and also posted a .300 hitting percentage. Sophomore middle blocker Alex Muff continued her strong weekend with eight kills and no errors to hit .571. The Wildcats combined to hit .282 for the match, including an impressive .421 in the second set and .344 in the third. The defense held ORU to just a .091 hitting percentage.

Head Coach Suzie Fritz said she was happy to see her team get two sweeps on Friday and play well while doing it.

“I’m glad we were able to get two sweeps to help limit our fatigue going into Saturday,” Fritz said. “I don’t care how long it takes us to win as long as we play good. I thought we played well tonight, and we were able to win both in three, which helps.”

Oral Roberts (2-4) did not have any players reach double digits in kills as the Golden Eagles could not get their offense clicking. Fritz said her defense did in slowing ORU down and added the signs are all there that her team is putting the pieces together, just not all at once yet.

“It’s different things at different times,” Fritz said. “I don’t think we’ve put a complete effort together yet, but we’ve seen glimpses of what we’re capable of, and that’s promising.”

The Wildcats close the Varney’s Kansas State Invitational at 7 p.m. Saturday against Georgia Tech (3-2) with ORU taking on Loyola Marymount (3-2) at 11 a.m. from Ahearn Field House. K-State’s match with Georgia Tech will be part of a Wildcat Weekend ticket special as well. Fans can get into the match for just $3 with their ticket stub to Saturday’s football game against UCLA.