Cats Win First in College Station Since 2003

COLLEGE STATION, Texas For only the third time in school history, Kansas State captured a victory against Texas A&M in College Station, winning 3-1 on Friday night. The 18th-ranked Wildcats improved to 13-3 overall and 5-1 in the Big 12 with scores of 23-30, 30-24, 30-27, 30-23. The loss to K-State, a first at home since 2003, drops the Aggies to 12-4 overall and 2-4 in the conference.

Three Wildcats finished with over 10 kills on the night, including a match-high from Nataly Korobkova with 17. The Krasnoyarsk, Russia, native added one service ace, six digs and five block assists. Rita Liliom had 16 kills with five digs. Jenny Jantsch finished with a season-high 14 kills on .220 hitting.

Stacey Spiegelberg dished out 50 assists to aid in the .185 Wildcat attack. The Overland Park, Kan., native also added two service aces, six digs and eight block assists.

Kelsey Chipman finished with 12 blocks on the night (one solo, 11 assisted) and also notched nine kills and one service ace. Angie Lastra had her 24th career match of 20 or more digs as she registered 23 against the Aggies. Six other Wildcats had five or more digs: Lauren Mathewson (7), Korobkova (6), Chipman (5), Spiegelberg (6), Liliom (5) and Lauren Rosenthal (6).

Kansas State played the tale of two games in the first two sets, as the Wildcat attack finished with .024 in the first game and .265 in the second. The Aggies took control in the first with a hitting percentage of .267, but slipped to .091 in the second set. Chipman and Liliom led the Cats through the first with four and three kills, respectively, while Farr and Spiegelberg each tallied three block assists. Jantsch and Liliom paced the KSU attack through the second game win, 30-24, with six kills each.

In the third game, K-State sat in a two-point lead at 9-7 before the Aggies went on an 8-1 run to lead 15-10. After a KSU timeout, the Wildcats were able to earn a tie at 18-all with points from five Texas A&M errors. A service ace from Lastra gave the Cats their first lead since 9-8 with a 20-19 score. At a 23-point tie, the Aggies had four-unanswered points to lead at 27-23. K-State, looking for the 2-1 match lead, finished the game with seven straight points, including two Spiegelberg aces, to win the third 30-27.

Contributions from Korobkova gave the Wildcats a 10-7 lead in the fourth game before the Aggies called a timeout. A 4-1 run with two blocks and one kill from Chipman allowed K-State to earn a 14-8 lead before Texas A&M pulled within three with three-straight points. After two K-State timeouts, the Aggies sat one point back from the Wildcats at 18-17 before costly errors allowed K-State to gain a five-point advantage at 26-21. The Wildcats again finished the game with consecutive points, including two Liliom kills, to earn the win at 30-23.

The Wildcats will again play on the road next Wednesday, as they take on No. 1 Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. Match time is set for 7 p.m. and a complete recap will be posted at following the conclusion.