Wildcats Slip to Cyclones

Lauren Mathewson

Oct. 27, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – On a night when senior libero Lauren Mathewson solidified her place in the record books at Kansas State, the Wildcats could not come up with the win over No. 12 Iowa State. Mathewson posted 18 digs to move into second all-time at K-State with 1,587 career digs.

The Wildcats could not find the floor on offense hitting for a negative percentage in the first and third sets while Iowa State hit .270 for the match. K-State hit .032 for the night falling 14-25, 28-30, 15-25.

K-State (9-14, 3-9 Big 12) traded blows with Iowa State (16-4, 9-3) in the second set filled with exciting action that got the raucous crowd of 2,531 on its feet. A total of 21 ties and 12 lead changes occurred in the second set alone before the Cyclones were able to finally edge out the Wildcats for the win. Head coach Suzie Fritz said her team simply was not able to sustain solid play long enough throughout the match to come away with the win in the second set or the match.

“This was a match of missed opportunities,” Fritz said. “Good teams don’t let you play up and down and give you a chance to beat them. They make you play good over time, and that’s what were unable to do tonight was play good over time. We’re good sometimes, but not over time.”

The Wildcats were led on offense by Kaitlynn Pelger with eight kills, but she hit for just a .070 percentage. Lilla Porubek added seven kills, and Kathleen Ludwig posted six – five of which came in the second set. Mathewson paced the defense with 18 digs, and JuliAnne Chisholm added 14. Iowa State’s senior libero Ashley Mass posted 22 digs.

Mathewson said the team was frustrated with the overall performance in the loss and gave praise to the K-State coaching staff for her accomplishment on the night and for her career.

“It’s great,” Mathewson said. “I love it here at K-State. It’s such a wonderful place to play, and the coaches have made me into the player I am today.”

Fritz was quick to praise another player after the match as well despite the loss. She said Ludwig came along way in progressing during the match and showed signs of added confidence.

“I liked the aggressiveness of Ludwig tonight,” Fritz said. “She stayed aggressive in that tough stretch in the second set. I like the fact she wasn’t afraid to take risks in that situation. I think she showed a lot of growth.”

The Wildcats travel to take on Missouri this weekend at 6:30 p.m. in Columbia. The match will be broadcast on KMAN 1350 with Brian Smoller on the call.

The Fan Experience and Sales Office also has a fan survey available online at kstatesports.com/survey for fans to fill out regarding their enjoyment of the volleyball matches at Ahearn this season.