Wildcats Slip Against Sooners on Road

Lilla Porubek

Nov. 20, 2010

Box Score


NORMAN, Okla. – The Kansas State Wildcats went toe-to-toe with the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday afternoon, but the Wildcats could not slow the attack of the Sooners dropping the match 18-25, 25-18, 16-25, 19-25. K-State’s offense hit .141 on the day while OU killed at a .284 rate.

The Sooners (20-9, 12-6 Big 12) jumped on top of the Wildcats (10-19, 4-14) early with two four-point runs to take a 12-3 lead and for the Wildcats to take both their timeouts during the stretch. K-State made a late push to cut into the lead as the offense began to find more of a rhythm but the three-point charge was not enough as OU got the win 25-18 to open the match.

Freshman outside hitter Lilla Porubek led the K-State attack as she posted a career-high 13 kills and tied her high for digs with seven. A trio of Wildcats made a contribution of nine kills with Kaitlynn Pelger hitting .286 on the day. Kathleen Ludwig and JuliAnne Chisholm were the other two with nine kills for the ‘Cats.

Defensively, the pair of Lauren Mathewson and Caitlyn Donahue shined for K-State. Mathewson led with 22 digs for her eighth 20-dig performance of the season. Donahue had a solid day with a double-double as she posted 39 assists and was one short of her career-high in digs with an impressive 21 from her setter position.

The Wildcats slowed down Oklahoma’s star player Suzy Boulavsky with only 10 kills and hitting .130 on the day. The tandem of Caitlin Higgins and Morgan Reynolds picked up the slack for the Sooners pounding out 17 and 15 kills, respectively. Higgins hit .342 while Reynolds hit .444.

K-State took the momentum from finding its offense in the end of the first set and built on it in the second riding the arm of Ludwig. The sophomore opposite hitter tallied seven kills in the second set alone to help the Wildcats to the 25-18 win. In addition to Ludwig, Porubek continued to shine on the left side with four kills, and Pelger also had four kills getting in on the action.

The Wildcats went on a four-point run midway through the set to take a 17-13 lead and never looked back. The Sooners failed to score consecutive points the rest of the way in the set with a three-point run by K-State to take a 1-1 tie into the locker room at the break.

Out of the intermission, K-State found OU’s block out of the gate as the Sooners posted three blocks en route to opening the third set 5-0. The gap was enough of a cushion for the Sooners as they pushed the lead to as many as nine points before getting the win 25-16 to take a 2-1 advantage into the fourth set.

Oklahoma won the first five points of the fourth set to immediately take the momentum to the Sooners’ side of the net. Another four-point run to take an 18-11 lead proved to be too much for the Wildcats with Oklahoma winning the set 25-19 after a late push by K-State.

Next up for the Wildcats will be in-state rival Kansas on Wednesday night as they will take on the Jayhawks at 6:30 p.m. in Lawrence. Senior Night will be next Saturday against Colorado as K-State will honor seniors JuliAnne Chisholm and Lauren Mathewson. Fans can purchase tickets for Senior Night for just $3 when they purchase online at kstatesports.com by Wednesday and use the promotion code V14FUN.