Huskers Halt Wildcat Rallies

Kaitlynn Pelger

Oct. 16, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State Wildcats kept pace with the No. 3 Nebraska Cornhuskers for much of the night but saw their rallies come up just short each time as Nebraska got the sweep at Ahearn Field House on Saturday night defeating K-State 25-19, 25-21, 25-18. The Wildcats trailed the Cornhuskers in each set and fought back within striking distance but Nebraska was able to shut the door each time.

“It comes down to our ability to sustain,” said head coach Suzie Fritz. “We’re in it, and we’re losing by our inability to sideout. We can up three, four, five points in a row and we’ve got to find a way to sideout because good teams like that won’t give those points back to you.”

K-State (9-11, 3-6 Big 12) was led by sophomore middle blocker Alex Muff with nine kills and a hitting percentage of .412. She also added two block assists and two solo blocks. Senior libero Lauren Mathewson had a strong night defensively for the Wildcats posting 19 digs over the three sets. Mathewson now has 1,544 career digs and needs just 35 to move past Kim Zschau for second all-time at K-State.

The Cornhuskers (17-1, 9-0) hit .305 as a team led by middle blocker Brooke Delano with 12 kills and .417 percentage. Hannah Werth added a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs. Delano was in on three of Nebraska’s eight blocks.

Fritz said her team came out with confidence on Saturday night but could not overcome Nebraska. She believes her team is making improvements and was happy to see that during a stretch in the schedule where the Wildcats have played three straight teams ranked No. 13 or higher.

“We played with optimism and we were playing to win,” Fritz said. “We played better than we did Wednesday against Iowa State but we couldn’t get the win. Winning cures a lot, and winning is hard to come by right now. What I hope is playing better leads to us continuing to play better.”

The Wildcats travel to Texas for back-to-back road games this week as K-State will take on Baylor on Wednesday night in Waco at 7 p.m. before heading down I-35 to Austin for the start of the second half of Big 12 play against No. 11 Texas on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Both matches can be heard on KMAN 1350 with Rob Voelker calling the action.