Wildcats Finish Season with Win

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Kansas State volleyball team closed its season with a win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday and had strong performances from both seniors Kelsey Chipman and Soriana Pacheco in the final match as Wildcats.

Pacheco narrowly missed out on a double-double with 49 assists and nine digs. She also added an ace and directed the Wildcat offense to hit .176 in the win. Chipman finished with 12 kills hitting .296 and tallied six block assists for the second match in a row.

K-State (12-18, 6-14 Big 12) got the win 31-29, 25-13, 16-25, 25-22 after battling with Tech (2-27, 0-20) in the first set. The Wildcats trailed by seven points at 10-3 before K-State shook off the dust and turned up the offense. K-State pounded out 20 kills in the set and went on a 6-0 run to pull within one point. Tech answered to build the lead up to six points, but K-State responded with six of its own. The two teams continued to trade blows before K-State finally got the edge in extra points 31-29.

Junior libero Lauren Mathewson had 11 digs in the first set alone to keep K-State's defense clicking as the Wildcats held the Red Raiders to hitting .154 for the match. Mathewson finished the afternoon with 29 digs to end the season with 514 surpassing her 505 last year to take the No. 4 spot for most digs in a season in school history.

Mathewson received help on the defensive end from freshman Caitlyn Donahue as Donahue posted 16 digs in the match. The block from K-State also came up big for the Wildcats to slow Tech's offense with 12.5 blocks. A pair of freshman helped Chipman at the net with Kathleen Ludwig and Alex Muff each adding five block assists.

On offense, the Wildcats were led by junior outside hitter JuliAnne Chisholm. She pounded out 17 kills and hit .318 for the match on 44 swings. Ludwig nearly had a double-double as well with 13 kills and seven digs to go with her five blocks.

K-State was able to keep Tech on its heels throughout most of the match with aggressive serving. The Wildcats tallied nine aces with Ludwig and sophomore defensive specialist Abby Fay each contributing three to the effort. The mark tied Fay's career high. The match even ended on an ace from Donahue.

For Chipman in her final match she solidified her spot at No. 2 in career block assists with 463. The 463 blocks assists also are tied for ninth in Big 12 history. She also finished her career with a hitting percentage of .329, which ranks fifth at K-State. Pacheco tallied 2,114 assists over her two-year career at K-State placing her in eighth in school history.

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