Wildcats Slip to Sooners

Caitlyn Donahue

Oct. 6, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – After getting a sweep on the road in conference play on Saturday at Texas A&M, the Kansas State Wildcats had the opposite happen against Oklahoma on Wednesday night as the Sooners provided the road sweep this time. The Wildcats fell to the Sooners 22-25, 24-25, 21-25 as Oklahoma’s style of play kept K-State off balance much of the match.

K-State head coach Suzie Fritz said her team could not overcome Oklahoma’s stingy defense as the Sooners were able to stay just far enough ahead all night.

“They’re good, and we didn’t give them our best,” Fritz said. “They’re a very frustrating team. They dig a lot of balls and extend rallies, and they don’t let you get into any type of a rhythm because they keep you off balance. Oklahoma makes you play long enough till you make a mistake and they take advantage of it.”

K-State (9-8, 3-3 Big 12) battled closely with Oklahoma (12-5, 4-2) led offensively by freshman middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger with 14 kills and a .571 hitting percentage. Pelger’s numbers look more impressive when you consider she didn’t even take a swing in the first set of the match. Sophomore Kathleen Ludwig put together another complete performance with eight kills on a .278 hitting clip and seven digs.

The Wildcats could not find a way to slow down a trio of Sooners with Caitlin Higgins, Morgan Reynolds and Suzy Boulavsky each tallying double digits in kills. Higgins posted a double-double with 12 kills and 15 digs while hitting .333 to lead Oklahoma. Reynolds hit .368 with 11 kills and Boulavsky had 10 kills. Oklahoma hit .282 as a team compared to K-State’s .183.

Fritz said her biggest frustration with the match was how close her team was with the Sooners despite an effort not up to her team’s potential.

“We were right there with them and we weren’t playing well,” Fritz said. “I felt like we had some opportunities to turn the corner, but we just weren’t able to get enough momentum to put a string of points together.”

The Wildcats stay at home this weekend as they play host to No. 11 Texas at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Ahearn Field House. The match will be important for the conference standings as there was a five-way tie for second heading into Wednesday night’s matches.