Wildcats Swept in Sunflower Showdown

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Kansas State Wildcats could not ride the momentum gained from back-to-back wins last week falling in straight sets to in-state rival Kansas 25-19, 25-19, 25-23 on Wednesday night on the road. With the loss it marks the first time since 1993 the Wildcats have lost the season series against Kansas.

K-State (10-15, 4-11 Big 12) struggled to slow down KU's offense as the Jayhawks hit .314 for the match led by Allison Mayfield with 16 kills and a .333 hitting percentage. Karina Garlington added 13 kills for the Jayhawks and hit .345 to provide another weapon for KU (14-11, 6-9) in the win.

K-State saw Caitlyn Donahue play a larger role in the offense playing all six rotations through most of the match and tallying a team-high 13 kills and hitting .346 in the loss. No other Wildcats reached double digits in kills with JuliAnne Chisholm next in line with seven.

In the opening set, the Wildcats fell behind big early with a five-point run by the Jayhawks to open up a 10-4 lead as K-State struggled to get any offense clicking and Kansas ran smoothly. K-State put together a rally late in the set trailing 21-13 to pull within three points but could not overcome the deficit falling 25-19.

The Wildcats again could not find a way to slow down the Jayhawks in the second set falling 25-19 to trail 2-0 heading into the locker room at the intermission. K-State tied the score four times in the set but could not get over the hump to take the lead and control of the set. Kansas hit .314 in the second set compared to K-State's team percentage of .184.

K-State will be back in action at home on Saturday to take on No. 8 Iowa State in part of the Ultimate Wildcat Weekend. Fans can get a day full of exciting Wildcat action Saturday with the football team taking on Missouri at 11:30 a.m. and the women's basketball team hosting Indiana State at 5 p.m. Fans can complete the trifecta at 7 p.m. at Ahearn Field House with the volleyball match.

- k-statesports.com -