Wildcats Win Marathon on Senior Night

JuliAnne Chisholm and Lauren Mathewson

Nov. 27, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – On Senior Night the Kansas State Wildcats sent JuliAnne Chisholm and Lauren Mathewson out with a win in their final match at Ahearn Field House. The Wildcats closed the season with a win over Colorado in five sets 25-22, 20-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-7 in the Buffaloes’ final match as a member of the Big 12 Conference.

“It’s bittersweet,” Mathewson said. “There really aren’t any words that come to mind until you get to this spot. Playing volleyball at Kansas State has been nothing short of amazing. I’m thankful for every opportunity I had here.”

Mathewson closed her career with 22 digs on the night to give her 540 on the year, which ranks third in school history for a single season. She already holds the No. 5 and No. 6 marks as well as she is the first player in school history to tally three seasons of 500 or more digs.

Chisholm had 16 kills on the night hitting .300 and was just shy of a double-double with eight digs. She, too, said playing her final match was bittersweet even though she knows she will get to wear the Purple and White in competition with basketball next semester.

“You never think it’s going to come to an end until you actually get here. Lauren’s done and I’m done,” Chisholm said. “It’s weird to not be part of this team anymore. I’m lucky in that I get another opportunity to play with basketball. Suzie Fritz has been the most wonderful coach I’ve ever had. These young girls are going to be great in the years to come, and we’ll be very happy to see them grow, too.”

A teary-eyed Fritz said she was happy to send her two seniors off with a win after making such an impact on the team the last four years.

“It was tremendous to end with a win. I thought both our seniors played exceptionally well,” Fritz said. “They’ve been an important part of this program and are extremely good students and athletes. I’m glad we could give them a win in their last match.”

K-State was led by freshman middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger in kills again with 18. She also hit an impressive .469 and posted a rare double-double for her position with 11 digs. Pelger added five blocks on the night to give her an even 100 for the season and tally a triple-100 season with 328 kills, 134 digs and 100 blocks.

Alex Muff continued her strong play for the week backing up her 13 blocks at Kansas on Wednesday with five more against the Buffaloes. Muff also pounded out 11 kills on a .333 hitting percentage.

The Wildcats close the season at 12-19 overall and 6-14 in Big 12 play to finish ninth in the standings. Mathewson’s 1,755 career digs rank second in school history and fifth for the Big 12. Tonight’s match gives her 10 matches with 20 or more digs this season and 25 for her career. She will graduate in December with her degree in business. Chisholm ends her career with 782 kills and 361 digs. Last season, she became the program’s third Academic All-American as she holds a 3.97 GPA.