Huskers Sweep Past Wildcats

LINCOLN, Neb. Kansas State attempted to unseat No. 1 Nebraska on Wednesday night at Nebraska Coliseum, but the Huskers held firm with a 3-0 win, (30-17, 30-22, 30-17). The Wildcats have now lost seven straight and six in a row to open Big 12 play.

 

K-State (8-8, 0-6 Big 12) received a strong performance from junior libero Angie Lastra. The Carolina, Puerto Rico product carded a match-high 22 digs for her 20th career match of at least 20 digs. She is now just one match from tying Laura Downey for first on the career 20-dig match list.

 

The Wildcats also received a spark off the bench from freshman middle blocker Kelsey Chipman. The native of Topeka, Kan., tied a career-high with four kills on a .333 hitting percentage and reset her career-best in blocks with four.

 

The Huskers (14-0, 6-0 Big 12) were led by sophomore Jordan Larson and junior Sarah Pavan. Larson tallied a double-double with 20 kills on a .400 hitting percentage and 10 digs. Pavan chipped in with 13 kills and 10 digs of her own.

 

Nebraska used a 14-2 run midway through game one to take control, 21-8. A kill by Ginta Gabruseva ended the run and started a 4-0 charge by the Wildcats. The Huskers were able kept K-State at arm’s length to win the opening game, 30-17. The Huskers tallied 21 kills on a .390 hitting percentage, while K-State registered 10 kills and a .065.

 

K-State provided a stronger effort in game two, trailing by just three at 17-14 on a Nebraska attack error. The Huskers cobbled together an 8-3 run for a 25-17 advantage. The Wildcats chipped at the lead with a 4-1 run highlighted by a Stacey Spiegelberg service ace, forcing a Nebraska timeout. The ace extends K-State service ace streak to 241 consecutive matches with at least one ace, the longest streak in the nation.

 

Nebraska pieced together a 3-0 run down the stretch to capture the frame, 30-22. The Huskers carded 24 kills on a .327 hitting percentage, with K-State registering a .146. Sophomore Megan Kroeker tallied two kills and two blocks in the stanza.

 

The Huskers pushed out to a 9-1 lead to open the third game. Nebraska continued to put the pressure on in the game with a 19-9 advantage, forcing the Wildcats to call their final timeout. The Huskers pushed the lead to the final margin of 13 to sweep the Wildcats, 30-17.

 

Kansas State returns to the friendly confines of Ahearn Field House on Saturday to face Colorado at 7 p.m.