No. 22 Tigers Hold Off Wildcats

MANHATTAN, Kan. Despite a career-best effort from sophomore middle blocker Megan Kroeker, the Kansas State volleyball team fell to No. 22 Missouri on Wednesday night in Ahearn Field House, 3-1 (30-22, 30-27, 29-31, 30-25). The Wildcats are now 0-2 in Big 12 play for the first time since 1997.

 

The loss by the Wildcats (8-4, 0-2) is the first home loss since Nov. 5, 2005 against Kansas, ending a seven-match home winning streak dating back to the final two matches of 2005. The Wildcats mustered a .183 hitting percentage, while Missouri carded a .264, despite K-State’s 15.0 total team blocks.

 

Individually for the match, Kroeker registered 18 kills on a team-high .318 hitting percentage and led the Wildcats with eight total blocks. The product of Solomon, Kan., surpassed her previous career-high in kills of 16, which she set on Sept. 10, 2005 against Houston.

 

Also reaching double figures for Kansas State were senior Sandy Werner and redshirt freshman Tiffany Johnson. Werner tallied 12 kills, while Johnson punched in 10.

 

Junior libero Angie Lastra recorded her third straight match of 20-or more digs with a match-high 24. The Carolina, Puerto Rico product now has 17 career matches of 20-or more digs and is five matches from becoming the K-State career leader in the category.

 

Missouri (8-4, 2-1) was led by senior outside hitter Jessica Vander Kooi. She paced the Tigers with a double-double, tallying a match-high 27 kills on a .327 hitting percentage and adding 19 digs. Missouri also received a double-double from Na Yang, with 16 kills and 11 digs.

 

Kansas State will look to end its three-match skid at Texas A&M on Friday. The match can be heard on a tape-delay basis at 10 p.m. on 1350 KMAN in Manhattan or by visiting www.1350KMAN.com.