K-State Falls in Five to Cyclones

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State looked to end its four-match losing skid on Wednesday night in Ahearn Field House against Iowa State. The Cyclones ended a string of its own, however, defeating the Wildcats, 3-2 (30-19, 21-30, 29-31, 30-26, 15-11). With the win, Iowa State ends a 20-match losing streak to the Wildcats.


Kansas State (8-6, 0-4 Big 12) was led by senior Sandy Werner with 21 kills and sophomore Megan Kroeker with 13. Werner, the product of Topeka, Kan., tallied her second straight match of 20-or more kills against the Cyclones and her ninth straight this season with 10 or more.


Junior libero Angie Lastra tallied 17 digs on the night, moving into a tie for third with Dawn Cady on the K-State career digs list with 1,258. Lastra also carded a service ace to move within three of tying for 10th on the K-State career service ace list.


The Cyclones (10-4, 2-2 Big 12) saw three players achieve double-doubles, as Erin Boeve led the way with 22 kills and 12 total blocks. Setter Kaylee Manns dished out a match-high 65 assists, while tabulating a match-high 20 digs. Katie Jessen recorded 14 kills and 15 digs.


Iowa State took control of the first game with a late 5-2 run, forcing a K-State timeout. The Cyclones were undeterred by the stoppage, closing out the game with a 7-1 run to win, 30-19. Iowa State hit a blistering .355, while the Wildcats mustered a .103.


The two teams were neck and neck until the mid-point of the second frame, tying the score on 14 occasions, the final time at 19. K-State then used a 11-2 run, highlighted by three Werner kills, to even the match at one, 30-21. The Wildcats recorded a .350 hitting percentage in the game with 20 kills, the highest hitting percentage for a Big 12 game this season for K-State. Iowa State carded a .143 with just 11 kills.


The Wildcats used an early 7-4 run in game three, forcing the Cyclones into an early timeout after a solo block from Kroeker. K-State continued to hold Iowa State at bay until a late run by the Cyclones evened the match at 25 and at 26. The Wildcats recovered and reached match point first at 29, before Iowa State crept back in. Kansas State put Iowa State to rest in the third with a kill from Ginta Gabruseva, 31-29.  


K-State held a six-point lead in the fourth game at 19-13, but Iowa State slowly worked its way back into the match with a 5-0 run, 19-18, forcing a Wildcat timeout. The Wildcats regrouped after the timeout and took a 23-19 lead, but the Cyclones used a 5-1 run to even the match at 24. Iowa State dashed to the finish line with a 6-3 run to even the match at two games, 30-26.


The teams were tied throughout the early stages of the fifth game, with seven ties. The final tie came at 10, after an attack error from the Cyclones. Iowa State then charged to a 5-1 run to win the match, 15-11.  


Kansas State will make it third trip to the Lone Star State this weekend, as the Wildcats take on Texas. Match time in Austin is set for 12 p.m. The action will be broadcast live on 1350 KMAN in Manhattan with Brian Smoller on the play-by-play and former Wildcat Val Wieck providing the color analysis.