Wildcats Fall in Five to Buffs

Dakota Kaufman

Sept. 22, 2010

Box Score

BOULDER, Colo. – The Wildcats and Buffaloes played a see-saw battle in the Coors Event Center on Wednesday night, but it was Colorado that came away the victor in five sets. The Wildcats could not get the road win to open Big 12 Conference play with three straight wins falling 22-25, 25-21, 25-14, 21-25, 10-15.

K-State (7-6, 2-1 Big 12) could not overcome the attack of Kerra Schroeder from Colorado (4-5, 1-2) as the sophomore tallied 24 kills and hit .327 for the night. The Wildcats had four players reach double digits in kills led by senior JuliAnne Chisholm with 17. Freshmen Kaitlynn Pelger and Dakota Kaufman added 16 and 14 respectively. Alex Muff rounded out the majority of the offense with 10. Setter Caitlyn Donahue had career-high 55 assists and another double-double with 15 digs. Senior libero Lauren Mathewson posted 18 digs to lead the Wildcat defense.

The Wildcats fell behind early against the Buffs in the opening set trailing 18-12 at one point. K-State would fight back to get within a point, however, but the comeback could not be completed. After a kill by Kaufman made it 22-23 Buffs, Colorado scored the next two points to win the first set 25-22 and take the early lead over K-State. Both teams hit for a high efficiency in the opening stanza with the Wildcats pounding out a .357 hitting percentage and Colorado tallying .371 on offense.

K-State did just the opposite in the second set scoring five straight points to go ahead 6-2. Another three-point run and a four-point run extended the lead to six points at 15-9. The Wildcats led 19-13 before Colorado tried to pull a comeback scoring the next five points to pull within one. K-State answered with three straight and eventually got the win 25-21 to tie the match at one set apiece heading into the locker room at the break.

Out of the intermission the Wildcats came out firing on all cylinders scoring the first eight points of the third set. The Wildcats got it done with all phases killing, blocking and serving to open up the big lead early. K-State continued to pour it on with every hitter getting involved in the offense for the Wildcats.

Also in the third, the Wildcats were able to find a way to slow down Schroeder for Colorado. Through the first two sets Schroeder had an impressive 14 kills and not errors. In the third set, Schroeder posted just one kill and three errors as she was stuffed three times by the Wildcat wall up front. K-State used that wall to force CU to hit just .108 in the third while hitting .375 en route to the dominating 25-14 win in the third to go up two sets to one.

Colorado would bounce back in the fourth to force a pivotal fifth set thanks to an eight-point run to go up 18-13. The Buffs hit .448 in the set while K-State’s offense struggled hitting just .175 while Schroeder found her rhythm again posting five kills in the set helping her team win 25-21 over the Wildcats to even the match.

The Wildcats return home to take on Missouri at 7 p.m. Saturday from Ahearn Field House. The match will be part of a Wildcat Weekend as K-State will host Central Florida in football earlier in the day. Fans can get into the volleyball match for just $3 with their ticket stub from football.