Longhorns Shut Down Wildcats

Lilla Porubek

Oct. 9, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State Wildcats had the No. 11 Texas Longhorns backed into a corner in the first set, but the ‘Horns pushed their way out and past the ‘Cats and never looked back. K-State fell to Texas in straight sets 25-21, 25-16, 25-12 as the Longhorns extended their winning streak over K-State to 14.

K-State (9-9, 3-4 Big 12) led 20-15 in the first set looking to take an early lead over the Longhorns. But Texas (10-5, 5-2) would have none of it. Juliann Faucette pounded out four kills in the closing points as Texas outscored K-State 10-1 to win the opening stanza 25-21.

“I think we’re frustrated in that we’ve lost our resilience,” head coach Suzie Fritz said. “I think that’s something we prided ourselves in early in the season, and I think slowly over the last three weeks we’ve lost that.”

After Texas stormed back for the win in the first set, it was all Longhorns as K-State hit .148 in the second set and -.098 in the third. The Longhorns on the other hand hit .393 for the match led by Rachael Adams with 12 kills and a .588 hitting percentage. Amber Roberson added 10 kills of her own on a .529 clip. All-American Faucette hit just .091 with eight kills on the night, but the efforts of Adams and Roberson were enough to overcome her lackluster numbers and keep the momentum on their side.

“Texas got better during the match,” Fritz said. “They did a better job of seizing the momentum opportunities.”

K-State was led offensively by senior JuliAnne Chisholm with 10 kills. Freshman Kaitlynn Pelger, who has had the hot hand of late, had nine kills but just a .100 hitting percentage after hitting .467 over the last five matches entering Saturday. Senior Lauren Mathewson became the third player in school history to register 1,500 career digs. Her 14 digs give her 1,509 career digs. She now needs 70 to move past Kim Zschau for second on the career list.

The Wildcats could not get their block to slow the Longhorns down stuffing back just two Texas attacks. The Longhorns, however, stuffed 10.5 blocks. Adams was in on every block as she posted nine block assists and a solo stop to register a double-double.

K-State returns to action on Wednesday when the Wildcats travel to take on No. 10 Iowa State. First serve is set for 7 p.m. from Ames High School as the Cyclones are playing their home matches there due to flooding in Ames this summer and at Hilton Coliseum.