Wildcats Advance to NCAA Second Round

Lauren Goehring had 16 kills to lead the Wildcats past Michigan

Dec. 6, 2002

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Lauren Goehring had 16 kills, while Lisa Martin and Jennifer Pollard added 11 apiece to lift Kansas State to a 30-26, 30-25, 35-33 victory over Michigan in a first-round match of the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament Friday evening at Ahearn Field House.

The Wildcats, now 21-8 overall, will host Washington State on Saturday at 7 p.m. CST in the second round. The Cougars, 22-7, defeated Oral Roberts, 30-26, 30-17, 30-21, in Friday's other first-round match.

Saturday evening's winner advances to the Sweet Sixteen, with the East Regional to be played next weekend at a site to be determined.

Laura Downey-Wallace finished with 22 digs to lead the Wildcats' defense, while Gabby Guerre had 45 assists, seven digs and four blocks.

Nicole Poquette and Chantel Reedus each finished with 11 kills to lead the Wolverines, who finished their season with a 16-15 mark. Jennifer Gandolph had a team-high 14 digs and Poquette added 13 for Michigan. Erin Moore had five blocks for the Wolverines.

All three games were close throughout, with neither team gaining a large advantage. The largest lead by either team in the early stages of game one was three points, as Michigan earned a 15-12 lead. The game was tied at 24-24 when the Wildcats finally took over. Goehring had three kills and a block down the stretch as the Wildcats scored six of the final eight points to take the 30-26 win.

The same pattern occurred in the second game, with Michigan's 13-10 edge being the largest lead by either team. Again, the score was tied at 24-24 when K-State pushed through to the win. Four different Wildcats had kills, as the hosts finished with six of the final seven points to win the second game.

Kansas State held the edge through the middle stages of the third game, leading 16-12 at one point before Michigan tied the game at 23-23. After that mark in the game, there were six ties down the stretch as it took the Wildcats six match points to finally seal their position in the second round.

The Wildcats finished with a .292 hitting percentage, while the Wolverines hit .235.