Wildcats Win Over Coyotes

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State volleyball came away with a victory against South Dakota on Tuesday night, but it was a lack of focus that head coach Suzie Fritz said frustrated her despite the win.

"I'm disappointed in how we played because we weren't disciplined," Fritz said. "Our focus was poor and we played out of position. This was not close to what our expectations of our team are."

The Wildcats defeated the Coyotes in four sets 25-22, 25-15, 23-25, 25-14 as K-State struggled offensively in a number of positions. JuliAnne Chisholm and Kelsey Chipman were bright spots for the Wildcats as Chisholm tallied a career-high 21 kills and posted a .463 hitting percentage. Chipman had 10 kills and hit .400 to help pull the Wildcats to the victory.

K-State and South Dakota battled in the first set as neither team got into an offensive rhythm. Both teams had 11 kills with six errors and two blocks defensively. The hitting percentages were nearly exactly the same as well, and the difference was six service errors by South Dakota to K-State's three.

The Coyotes struggled in the second set hitting for a negative percentage while the Wildcats rolled to win by 10 points in the set. Chisholm pounded out seven kills in the second set representing more than half of the K-State kill production. Besides Chipman and Chisholm no other K-State player tallied more than five kills in the match.

On a night dedicated to season ticket holders, Fritz said the energetic crowd helped pull her team to the victory as 1,433 fans came to the match.

"Our fans were great," Fritz said. "I felt like they were scoring points for us. They were loud and cheered and they gave us an awful lot of points."

The Wildcats have to rebound from the off-night this weekend as they host the Varney's Kansas State Invitational that boasts a strong field. K-State will take on No. 17 Kentucky on Friday night and face Portland and Big Ten Conference power Purdue. The Boilermakers are receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches Poll as well after dropping out of the Top 25 this week.

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