No. 24 Cats Fall to Baylor

WACO, Texas No. 24 Kansas State dropped its Big 12 Conference opener to Baylor, 3-1 (24-30, 30-28, 30-22, 30-25) on Wednesday night in the Ferrell Center. It is the third straight year K-State has opened Big 12 play on the road.


Kansas State (8-3, 0-1 Big 12) was led by senior Sandy Werner and sophomore Jenny Jantsch. Werner tallied a match-high 18 kills and chipped in four digs. Jantsch recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 15 kills and 15 digs. Junior setter Stacey Spiegelberg registered her second double-double and 11th of her career with 52 assists and 11 digs.


K-State ran off an 8-2 stretch midway through game one to take its first lead of the night, 12-10. The run was highlighted by a Kroeker kill and block, forcing the Bears into an early timeout. K-State pushed the lead to 19-14, before Baylor chipped at the lead to equal the frame at 20. Jantsch quickly eliminated the tie with a kill and Werner pushed the lead back to three, 24-21, with consecutive kills. A kill by Ginta Gabruseva and a ball-handling error by the Bears gave the Wildcats the game one win, 30-24.


In game one, Kansas State hit .333 with 16 kills, led by Werner with six and Johnson with four. Baylor registered a .191 hitting percentage with 17 kills, but eight attack errors.  


After K-State captured an early 5-2 lead, Baylor clawed back to hold a 6-5 edge. The Bears continued to lead for much of game two, with K-State squaring the frame at 26 and again at 27. Baylor was able to fend off K-State down the stretch to even the match at one, 30-28. Werner led the Wildcats in the second game with five kills.   


Baylor controlled game three from the outset, jumping out to a 7-3 lead and never looking back to win, 30-22. The Bears registered a .412 hitting percentage on 18 kills, while holding K-State to a .206 and 14.


During the third game, junior Angie Lastra moved into fourth on the K-State career digs list, passing Shawnee Call (1,174). The libero from Carolina, Puerto Rico carded a match-high 25 digs for her 16th career 20-dig match and has a career total of 1,188.


K-State held the advantage early in game four, but Baylor again rallied to a 21-16 lead and forcing a Wildcat timeout. The Bears held back the Wildcats in the frame, stretching their lead to seven at 26-19. The Wildcats fended off two game points for the Bears, but Baylor put the match away with a kill, 30-25.


Baylor saw five players in double figures for kills, led by Nicole LeBlanc with 18 kills and 10 digs.   


Kansas State will have this weekend off before hosting No. 17 Missouri next Wednesday. The match at 7 p.m. from Ahearn Field House will be broadcast live on FSN Midwest throughout the state of Kansas. Please check your local listings for availability.