K-State Falls in Four to Jayhawks

LAWRENCE, Kan. Despite an inspired effort from Angie Lastra, Kansas State fell to Kansas for the first time at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center since 1994, 3-1 (26-30, 30-28, 30-28, 30-20).


Lastra registered her first career double-double with 20 kills on a .357 hitting percentage and 17 digs. The Carolina, Puerto Rico product also chipped in with a service ace and is now just two service aces from moving into 10th place on the K-State career list.


Also reaching double-figures in kills for the Wildcats were sophomore Megan Kroeker and senior Sandy Werner. Kroeker tallied 15 kills on a .293 hitting percentage and four blocks. Werner recorded 12 kills and seven digs and is now 14 kills from 1,000 for her career. 


Junior setter Stacey Spiegelberg dished out 51 assists to move past Chi Dau for fifth-place on Kansas State’s career assist chart with 2,358. The Overland Park, Kan., native tallied her fifth double-double of the season and 14th of her career with 10 digs to go with her 51 assists.


Kansas (9-9, 2-7 Big 12) was paced by Brittany Williams with 19 kills, while senior Jana Correa added 17 kills and 23 digs.   


The Wildcats (8-10, 0-8 Big 12) dashed out to a quick 10-4 lead, highlighted by service aces from Jenny Jantsch and Spiegelberg. Kansas battled back to within one at 15-14. K-State pushed its lead back to four with a kill and service ace from Werner and a block from Kroeker and Ginta Gabruseva, forcing a Jayhawk timeout.


The Jayhawks pecked at the Wildcat lead and got to within one again, 22-21, but the Wildcats went on an 8-5 run, closing out the game on a Correa attack error, 30-26. Kansas State tallied a .255 hitting percentage with 16 kills, led by Kelsey Chipman and Kroeker with four apiece. It was the first game K-State has won since Sept. 30 at Texas when they captured game two in Austin.


K-State again jumped out to an early lead at 6-4 and took their largest lead of the second stanza at 13-10 on a Chipman kill. Kansas rallied and took their first lead of the night at 18-17 on a Gabruseva attack error. The Wildcats put together a rally of their own and regained the lead at 23-21 on a Kansas attack error. This was the final lead for K-State, as the Jayhawks were able to push through four ties and two lead changes to take the game, 30-28.


The two squads each put together hitting percentages of .250 in the game, but the Jayhawks tallied five more kills, 21-16. The Wildcats were led by Kroeker with five kills, while Werner carded four.


The teams traded the lead throughout the third game, as there were 15 ties and eight lead changes. The final lead change went in favor of Kansas to make the game 25-24. The Wildcats tied the match twice down the stretch on Lastra and Gabruseva kills. Kansas eventually reached game point first at 29-26, but the Wildcats fended held in with a Kroeker kill and Kansas attack error. The Jayhawks avoided extra points with a kill to capture the game, 30-28.


K-State registered a .273 hitting percentage on 18 kills, with Lastra leading the way with eight. Kansas hit .256 with 19 kills and four total blocks.


The Jayhawks jumped out to a 10-3 lead and never looked back as they took the fourth game, 30-20.


Kansas State will return to Manhattan to host No. 24 Oklahoma at 1 p.m. in Ahearn Field House.