Wildcats Slip to Jayhawks in Sweep

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State volleyball team was swept on its home floor to rival Kansas on Saturday afternoon and head coach Suzie Fritz made her frustration known after the match. The Wildcats fell 21-25, 21-25, 22-25 to the Jayhawks, who had beaten K-State just twice since 1996 entering Saturday's contest.

"That was as bad as we've played all year," Fritz said. "We didn't keep defensive pressure on them whatsoever. We didn't play well at all, and they did. I can't tell you or give you one thing I felt good about today."

Kansas (10-8, 3-6 Big 12) never held significant leads in either set, five points being the largest, but the Wildcats (7-11, 1-7) could not get over the hump to overcome their rival.

"We were very inconsistent. We couldn't string any points together on serve," Fritz said. "We had too many misses and were way too conservative with our serving."

K-State was led by Vanessa Murray with 14 kills as she was the only Wildcat to reach double digits in the category. Kathleen Ludwig was closest behind Murray with eight kills while hitting a team high .261 of the regular attackers for K-State. Libero Lauren Mathewson posted 15 digs to lead the match.

The Jayhawks had 14 kills from Allison Mayfield, who hit .333 in the match and tallied seven digs. Paige Mazour performed well for Kansas as well with nine kills on 14 swings and no errors to hit .643. Setter Nicole Tate posted a double-double for Kansas with 38 assists and a team-high 13 digs. Kansas hit .312 as a team while K-State hit just .164 in the loss.

Fritz said the inconsistency was frustrating in leading to the loss but also because the Big 12 Conference is stronger this year than in recent years and K-State has to compete night in and night out.

"I think some of it is the product of the strength of the conference this year and the development of our program," Fritz said. "It's frustrating and disappointing that we're not making consistent progress."

K-State travels to Boulder, Colo., on Wednesday to take on the Buffaloes in its next match where the Wildcats will look to get back on the winning track with a conference win. First serve is set for 7 p.m. Central.

- k-statesports.com -