Wildcats Sweep through Tournament

JuliAnne Chisholm

Sept. 4, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – It was an MVP performance from JuliAnne Chisholm with another double-double against Georgia Tech on Saturday night, but the senior outside hitter was quick to compliment her teammates for playing together as a unit and overcoming large deficits to build momentum. That momentum helped K-State get its third sweep at the Varney’s Kansas State Invitational 25-23, 25-18, 25-23.

Against Georgia Tech (3-3) on Saturday night, the Wildcats (4-3) fell behind early and clawed their way back before falling behind again late as they were pushed into a corner trailing 20-15. The Wildcats scored the next five points to tie the set then scored three in a row to get the win 25-23. Head coach Suzie Fritz said the rally in the first set built momentum for her team and showed poised.

“We got better and better through that stretch,” Fritz said. “I think it was key that we were able to put some things together during that run. We kept our composure together, and you don’t usually see that in a young team like this, and that’s something I’m optimistic about.”

Chisholm posted 12 kills and 12 digs in the effort while hitting .243. For the tournament she averaged 4.22 kills per set and 2.22 digs for the Wildcats being named the tournament’s MVP. Also making the All-Tournament Team was senior libero Lauren Mathewson who had three sensational matches in the back row with 19, 11 and 20 digs to average 5.56 per set. Sophomore middle blocker Alex Muff also received the honor after hitting for a .391 clip while pounding out 2.44 kills a set and shutting down the opposition with an impressive 2.11 blocks.

It was a complete team effort, however, that helped pull the Wildcats out of another deep hole in the third set.

Trailing 23-20, K-State got a kill from Chisholm to get back on serve. Then, Caitlyn Donahue rolled for the Wildcats. Her serve was able to take Georgia Tech out of system, and K-State capitalized with back-to-back blocks from Chisholm and Muff then Kathleen Ludwig and Muff. Donahue followed with back-to-back aces to win the match and the tournament with another sweep.

The Wildcats will not have a mid-week match this week as they prepare to head to Kentucky for another tournament that will face some of the top teams in the nation. In Lexington, K-State will take on No. 13 Florida State, No. 16 Kentucky and Virginia Commonwealth beginning Friday.

Varney’s Kansas State Invitational All-Tournament Team
MVP: JuliAnne Chisholm, Kansas State
Lauren Mathewson, Kansas State
Alex Muff, Kansas State
Monique Mead, Georgia Tech
Mary Ashley Tippins, Georgia Tech
Jasmine Rankins, Loyola Marymount
Elizabeth McVickers, Oral Roberts