Longhorns Sweep Wildcats
Longhorns Sweep Wildcats
Oct. 15, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State Wildcats took on the No. 10 Texas Longhorns on Saturday afternoon, and the Longhorns proved they are a top team with a sweep over the Wildcats. K-State dropped the match 17-25, 15-25, 20-25 as the Wildcats started off slow but then hung with the Longhorns late in the match.
“It was difficult to match their offensive productivity,” said K-State Head Coach Suzie Fritz. “We had a bye week this week, so we spent a lot of time scouting Texas and we watched a lot of film and I thought that was as good as they have played all year. We needed to put more serving pressure against a team that is that terminal and we didn’t do that.”
The Longhorns (12-4, 5-1) hit .463 for the match as a team with four players tallying at least nine kills in the victory. Bailey Webster emerged as the leader this match playing on the left side with 15 kills and an impressive .778 hitting percentage. She was joined in double digits by Haley Eckerman with 12 kills. Khat Bell and Rachael Adams each added nine kills for the Longhorns.
K-State (14-6, 3-3) saw the duo of Kaitlynn Pelger and Lilla Porubek lead the way again as Pelger pounded out 12 kills on a .308 clip. Porubek had 11 kills in the loss. Middle blocker Alex Muff had a strong day as well adding six kills and a .364 hitting percentage. Fritz praised the group after the match saying she was pleased to see both her middle blockers hit over .300 and have Porubek continue to make a significant contribution. Caitlyn Donahue returned to the starting lineup and posted 29 assists and led the team with nine digs.
Fritz said her team turned it on in the third set and played how she would have liked throughout the entire match. Going up against one of the top teams in the nation, she knew her team could not afford to make that mistake and start sluggish, but her Wildcats did just that.
“Texas is one of the more physical teams in American in terms of playing above the net,” Fritz said. “I was a little disappointed we didn’t respond well at the beginning of the second set. We got caught up in doing the wrong things early on. I wish we had had a different temperament earlier in the match.”
The Wildcats will get back in the gym next week to begin preparing for a week on the road. K-State travels to take on in-state rival Kansas on Wednesday and then heads south to face the No. 25 Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday afternoon.