Chipman Shines in Sweep

PROVO, Utah. - The Kansas State Wildcats got their first sweep of the season over Weber State on Friday evening at the BYU Nike Classic with a shining performance from senior middle blocker Kelsey Chipman. Chipman led the attack for the Wildcats hitting .667 on the night with 11 kills and eight blocks. Only four of Chipman's swings did not result in a kill to help carry the team to the 25-22, 25-22, 25-17 win.

The Wildcats were led by junior outside hitter JuliAnne Chisholm with 12 kills as she began to pour it on in the third set while Chipman was out of the rotation. The Wildcats hit .356 as a team and was a force at the net defensively with 10.5 blocks and holding Weber State to a .186 hitting percentage.

K-State struggled with a scrappy Weber State team that played aggressively with its serve in the first set. K-State fell behind early in the opening set when Weber State scored four points in a row to open a 7-4 lead. K-State later scored five straight to reclaim the lead at 13-12. The two teams battled back and forth before K-State got the edged at 22-20 which proved to be too much winning 25-22.

The first set was one of K-State's most complete offensively hitting .444 as a team with just two attack errors to 14 kills. Caitlyn Donahue led the way with five kills to start the match and the defense came up big for K-State as well with four big blocks - three coming during the five-point run to take control of the match.

Chipman took control of the second set early on for K-State with seven kills and three block assists to lead to a 25-22 win in the set. The Wildcats pulled ahead to a big lead thanks to a six-point run by K-State. During that run, Chipman played a role in all six points with either a kill or block to go ahead 16-10.

Head coach Suzie Fritz said Chipman's performance was tied to how well setter Soriana Pacheco played coordinating the offensive attack for K-State.

"I think how well Chipman played is a product of what Sori did," Fritz said. "I think Chipman can only be good when Sori is good. They both played well tonight and we don't feel like Weber State had an answer to Chipman."

Weber State would claw back, however, as K-State pushed the Wildcats from Ogden, Utah, into a corner at 23-18. Weber State would score three straight points to pull within two points and force a K-State timeout. Out of the timeout, K-State got another kill from Chipman before a kill from Weber State and an error gave K-State the 2-0 lead heading into the third set.

K-State turned the heat up in the third set to get the sweep opening a 14-7 lead and extending that to 22-14 before getting the win 25-17 on an ace by libero Lauren Mathewson.

The Wildcats will take on Cal Poly at 11 a.m. Central on Saturday from Smith Fieldhouse to continue action at the BYU Nike Classic and take on host BYU at 8 p.m. Those matches can be heard on 1350 KMAN with Rob Voelker calling the action. The Cal Poly match will be live both online and over the airwaves with the BYU match exclusively online due to coverage of the K-State football game.

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