Wildcats Rattle Red Raiders
Wildcats Rattle Red Raiders
Sept. 18, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas – The Wildcats opened Big 12 Conference action with back-to-back wins for the first time since 2007 on Saturday with a sweep over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Kansas State got the win 25-17, 25-18, 25-23 with dominating performances from the left side and at middle blocker.
Senior outside hitter JuliAnne Chisholm led the team with 19 kills with an impressive .286 hitting percentage on 49 swings. Chisholm’s cousin and fellow outside hitter Dakota Kaufman had her best match of the season thus far pounding out eight kills and hitting .421. Sophomore middle blocker put together two strong matches this week after shining against Kansas on Wednesday. Muff posted eight kills hitting .667 while stuffing seven Tech attempts to give her 16 blocks for the week.
K-State (7-5, 2-0 Big 12) jumped out to a big early lead over the Red Raiders (2-9, 0-2) winning the first four points and eventually leading by as many as six points at 10-4 thanks to kills from Kaufman and a pair of blocks. K-State would continue to ride that momentum hitting .273 in the opening set to get the win 25-17. Kaufman pounded out four kills in the set and Chisholm contributed six.
In the second set the Red Raiders battled with the Wildcats holding the lead until K-State claimed it at 10-9. The Raiders would fight back as the two teams traded blows before Tech ran into a series of self-inflicted wounds with three straight attack errors to give K-State the lead 16-15. Kathleen Ludwig tallied K-State’s first ace of the afternoon next to go up by two and force a Tech timeout.
Out of that timeout, Tech could not grab any momentum, however, as the Wildcats rolled scoring eight of the next 11 points to win 25-18 and go up two sets to none at the intermission. The Wildcats hit an impressive .333 in the second set en route to the win with Chisholm add five kills and Kaufman with three with the two combining for just one attack error through two sets. Muff posted three block assists again in the second to give her six heading into the break.
The third set was all Wildcats – and mostly Chisholm until a late run by the Raiders. With K-State up 8-7 the Wildcats 10 of the next 11 points to go up 10 points. During that run, Chisholm posted six kills and a solo block to charge ahead. The Raiders rallied when pushed into a corner, though, fighting off 10 match points for K-State rattling off nine straight points before a kill by Chisholm finally ended the rally and the match at 25-23.
Next up for the Wildcats is a road trip to Colorado to take on the Buffaloes on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. before returning home for a Wildcat Weekend to take on Missouri on Saturday.