Cats Fall to No. 6 Santa Clara

FRESNO, Calif. Kansas State volleyball was set down for the first time in the 2006 season, falling to No. 6 Santa Clara, 3-0 (30-23, 32-30, 30-23) on Saturday afternoon. It was K-State’s second game of the Fresno State Invitational.


The Wildcats had one player reach double figures in kills, as senior outside hitter Sandy Werner tallied 15 and a .213 hitting percentage. Sophomore Jenny Jantsch followed her first career double-double on Friday night with nine kills and nine digs on Saturday. Junior setter Stacey Spiegelberg dished out 34 assists and junior libero Angie Lastra led in digs with 16. Lastra is now tied for seventh with Mary Kinsey on the all-time digs list at K-State with 1,025.


No. 25 K-State (1-1) jumped out to an early 8-4 lead in game one behind three Werner kills and a Megan Kroeker solo block. The Broncos (2-0) charged back to even the game at 10 and then took control of the game. Santa Clara extended its lead to a high of eight at 29-21, before capturing the game. The Broncos opened with a .386 hitting percentage, while K-State totaled a .130 with four kills from Werner and Jantsch.


K-State held the lead throughout much of game two, but the Broncos nudged past the Wildcats to win the game. The Wildcats were led by Werner with six kills and Jantsch with four. Spiegelberg dished out 16 assists and Tiffany Johnson registered three block assists. The Wildcats held the edge in hitting percentage, .311 to .271, but the Broncos held the advantage in kills 20 to 18.


Santa Clara held off the Wildcats in game three by hitting .300 and forcing K-State into a .089 percentage.


The Broncos were led by Kim McGiven and Anna Cmaylo with 20 kills apiece. Cmaylo paced the attack with a .643 hitting percentage, as Santa Clara outhit K-State for the match, .318 to .176.


Kansas State will conclude action at the Fresno State Invitational on Sunday. The Wildcats will take on Pacific at 10 a.m. (PDT).