Wildcats Sweep Aggies on Road

COLLEGE STATION, Texas In their first road conference match the No. 17 Kansas State Wildcats came up with a win over the Texas A&M Aggies in three sets. K-State bested the Aggies 25-23, 25-18, 25-20 in front of a hostile crowd at G. Rollie Coliseum.


Kansas State (12-2, 2-1 Big 12) were led by outside hitter Rita Liliom again with 16 kills and a .229 hitting percentage. Sophomore libero Lauren Mathewson led the defense for the Wildcats with 15 digs on the match, and senior middle blocker Megan Farr tallied eight blocks to keep the Aggies at bay. A&M hit just .100 as a team for the match as the Wildcats pounded out 38 kills on a .239 clip to get the road win.


The Wildcats fell behind the Aggies (6-7, 1-2) early after Texas A&M went on three runs of three points to build a 13-8 lead. K-State answered the call, however, with a five-point run of its own and won seven of eight points to reclaim the lead 15-14.


A&M and K-State continued to trade blows and the Aggies took the lead 23-22 before the Wildcats scored the next three points to come from behind and win the opening set. The winning point came by way of a service ace on the back line by Soriana Pacheco the Aggies let drop thinking it would land out of bounds. K-State rode the arm of Liliom with seven kills in the first set including four in the closing points.


The Wildcats hit just .200 as a team compared to A&M’s .229 but took advantage of 4.5 blocks of their own and four service errors by the Aggies to get the win.


In the second set, the Wildcats were able to build the early lead and keep it safe winning 25-18. K-State never trailed in the set after reclaiming the lead 3-2. The Cats played stronger in the second set as well hitting .333 with one error and 11 kills while the Aggies hit .000 as a team with 12 errors and 12 kills.


Liliom again had a good showing in the set with four kills on nine attacks. Middle blocker Megan Farr kept the Aggie attack from staying close assisting on five blocks in the second set alone.


K-State came out strong in the third set opening up a 6-1 lead only to see A&M rally to pull within two points. Farr continued to help stop the Aggies’ offense at the net blocking, and the Aggies hit .077 in the final set.


The Wildcats will return home for one match against Baylor at 7 p.m. Saturday. Fans can get into the match at Ahearn Field House at a discounted price with their ticket stubs from the K-State football game against UL-Lafayette earlier that day.