K-State Ends Spring Slate with 3-0 Loss to Nebraska

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- In front of 6,006 fans, the K-State volleyball team ended its spring slate of scrimmages by falling to Nebraska, 3-0 (25-13, 25-11, 25-23), on Saturday at the Heartland Events Center.


The Wildcats were out-hit by the Huskers, .294-.036, over the three sets, including .500-.029 in the first.

Offensively, K-State was led by Kylee Zumach and her 11 kills on 33 attempts (six errors). The rising sophomore also had six digs, making her one five Wildcats with at least a half-dozen digs, while adding an ace and a block.

Rising redshirt junior Katie Reininger had seven kills on a team-best .263 hitting percentage. Rising junior Brooke Sassin contributed five kills to go with her six digs.

Rising junior Kersten Kober paced the Wildcats with nine digs.

Playing in her hometown, setter Katie Brand had 25 assists, six digs, one kill and one block.

Nebraska had two players reach double-digits in kills as Kadie Rolfzen and Alicia Ostrander had 12 and 10, respectively.

The Huskers recorded 16 blocks to K-State's four. Reininger led all Wildcats with two blocks while Amber Rolfzen had a match-high nine.

K-State fought to stay within three points in the opening set, including as late as 15-12 when Zumach's third kill of the match trimmed the Husker lead. Nebraska, though, closed out the opener by going on a 10-1 run.

In the second, the Wildcats jumped out to an early 4-2 advantage, but with seven of the next eight points tallied by the Huskers, K-State called its first timeout. The Wildcats were never able to narrow the gap any closer than five after Kelsey Schroll hammered in her only kill of the match to make it 11-6.

K-State trailed by as much as 15-7 in the final set, but the Wildcats evened the score at 18-18 behind three kills, two aces, two blocks and four unforced attack errors by the Huskers. Nebraska, however, went on a 6-1 run to bring itself to match point for the first time at 24-19. Kills by Zumach and Reininger staved off the match point as the Wildcats pulled within one, 24-23, on a Nebraska attack error before a service error ended the match.