Tigers Trip Wildcats in Four

Caitlyn Donahue

Sept. 25, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – After a last minute comeback by the football team on Saturday, the Kansas State volleyball team could not repeat the feat falling to Missouri in four sets. The Tigers and Wildcats traded blows in the first two sets before Missouri turned up the heat to get the win 25-19, 20-25, 25-14, 25-16.

K-State (7-7, 2-2 Big 12) struggled passing the ball against Missouri (10-4, 2-2), which coach Suzie Fritz said was a major contributor to her Wildcats losing Saturday night.

“I think our ball handling was very poor tonight,” Fritz said. “We didn’t handle first contact well and we didn’t recover from it well.”

The lack of ball handling was evident in Missouri’s eight aces for the match and K-State’s team hitting percentage of .138. Missouri on the other hand hit .241 but put together sets of .452 and .367 in the third and fourth to out-muscle the Wildcats.

K-State was led offensively by freshman middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger with 11 kills and a .381 hitting percentage. Senior outside hitter JuliAnne Chisholm also had 11 kills in the match. Senior libero Lauren Mathewson posted her fifth 20-dig match of the season to lead the Wildcats on defense.

K-State was able to contain Missouri’s top two offensive threats in the first two sets, but after the intermission Julianna Klein and Paola Ampudia found a way to hit the ball to the floor for the Tigers. Klein finished the night with 14 kills and 10 digs for a double-double. She also added five service aces to keep the Wildcats from producing offense on her serve. Ampudia tallied 12 kills and 12 digs while Brittney Brimmage posted 12 kills to come up two shy of her season-best.

The Wildcats take a break from Big 12 Conference action for a mid-week match against UMKC on Tuesday at 7 p.m. from Ahearn Field House. K-State then will travel to take on the Aggies of Texas A&M on Saturday.