K-State Finishes Homestand Unbeaten

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State sophomore Jenny Jantsch registered a career-high 18 kills, leading the Wildcats to a 3-0 win (30-22, 30-21, 30-18) over Drake on Wednesday night in Ahearn Field House.


The Kansas City, Mo., native tallied the new high on a season-best .441 hitting percentage. Her previous career-high for kills was 14 against Houston during last season’s Varney’s Kansas State Invitational. Jantsch also added to her team-leading total in service aces with three for a total of 17 on the season.


The Wildcats (6-1) used a 10-point run to rally from a 21-18 Drake lead in game one. Junior Lauren Rosenthal led the charge with her service, as the San Antonio, Texas native dropped in three service aces in four points as the Wildcats took the frame, 30-22.


In the second game, Drake (2-5) jumped out to the early advantage but K-State charged back into the game on Rosenthal’s serves. She dropped in another service ace during a six-point run as K-State took charge of the game and won 30-21. Rosenthal finished the night with a career-high four service aces.


In the final game, K-State was able to dash out from the Bulldogs, hitting .421 and 20 kills to finish off the Bulldogs, 30-18. It is the seventh game this season that K-State has held an opponent below 20 points.


Senior Sandy Werner registered her fifth match of 10 or more kills with 12 on a .400 hitting percentage. Junior Angie Lastra posted a match-high 18 digs. The Carolina, Puerto Rico, product is just 20 digs from passing Liz Wegner for sixth on the K-State career list.


The Wildcats will take to the road this weekend to play in the UNI Invitational in Cedar Falls, Iowa. K-State will face Northern Iowa, No. 23 Notre Dame and Alabama.