Wildcats Charge Bulls

PORTLAND, Ore. In their final match of the Nike Portland Invitational the No. 20 Wildcats bested South Florida 3-1 to go a perfect 4-0 on the week. Kansas State got the victory 25-13, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18.


The tandem of seniors Rita Liliom and Nataly Korobkova again led the way for the Wildcat attack. Liliom had a team-high 19 kills for the match while Korobkova tallied 11. Junior middle blocker Kelsey Chipman had another strong match both attacking and defending with nine kills and four blocks. The Cats had


The Wildcats (6-1) started strong against the Bulls (4-2) and kept the attack coming with 16 kills and a .500 hitting percentage K-State’s highest percentage of the season for a set. Liliom continued her outstanding performance for the tournament with six kills in the first set and a .556 percentage. The 25-13 win also was the largest margin of victory in a set for the Wildcats this season.


K-State’s offense struggled a bit in the second set not able to get a rhythm going turning the tables and hitting just .075 in a 25-23 loss. The Wildcats had nine errors in the set compared to just two from the opening stanza.  


During the third set, the Wildcats returned to form hitting .469. K-State did not commit an attack error until hitting into a block at 21-17 the team’s only error of the set. The Bulls stayed hot as well after hitting .324 in the second set by swinging for a .314 clip in the 25-18 loss.


The Wildcats closed the door on the Bulls with a an 11-4 run to end the match after being tied at 14 points apiece as Jenny Jantsch ended the match with an ace. K-State will play its home opener against Cal State Bakersfield at 7 p.m. Monday at Ahearn Field House.