Wildcats Roll Over Mean Green 3-0

WICHITA, Kan. After a Friday defeat of No. 14 Cal Poly, Kansas State continued to move through the Best Western Shocker Volleyball Classic as the Wildcats defeated North Texas 3-0. K-State won in games of 30-19, 30-17, 30-6 to move to 2-0 on the season.


Junior Jenny Jantsch had 13 kills in the match, while Megan Farr and Kelsey Chipman each added seven. Angie Lastra continued her climb to the Kansas State dig record by handing out 12 against the Mean Green. Senior Stacey Spiegelberg finished the morning match with 37 assists and nine digs.


The Wildcats outplayed the Mean Green in the first game, as K-State finished the set with a .314 hitting percentage compared to North Texas’ .083. Jantsch scored her first kill at 6-2 and continued to dominate from the left side as she finished game one with six kills. North Texas was unable to ever gain the lead and was down by eight before calling the first team timeout. The Cats put the game away 30-19 with kills from Rita Liliom and Jantsch.


K-State continued to hit well into game two, as the Cats had .321 hitting with 14 kills on 28 attempts. Ten of KSU’s points came off of errors by the Mean Green, including four service errors. The Wildcats led by a score of 8-2 when North Texas called a timeout. K-State came out of the break with a 10-5 run, including three Liliom kills, before the Mean Green burned a second timeout.


The Wildcats easily put away North Texas in the third game, setting a K-State record for fewest points allowed since the rally scoring era began in 2001. KSU was able to gain a 14-point lead at 19-5 before a Mean Green timeout. The Wildcats returned to the court to finish the game with an 11-1 run, including three of the last eight points from Jantsch kills.


After hitting .153 against the Mustangs of Cal Poly in the opening match, K-State improved with .333 hitting against North Texas (47 kills, 13 errors, 102 attacks). The Mean Green finished with -.062 with only 19 kills on 96 attacks.


Play continues in the Shocker tournament as the Wildcats will finish against host Wichita State. Match time is set for 7:30 p.m. and live stats will be available on www.goshockers.com.