Wildcats Set Down By Sooners

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State’s attempt at ending its nine-match losing streak came up just short on Saturday afternoon at Ahearn Field House against No. 24 Oklahoma, 3-2 (27-30, 30-21, 21-30, 30-27, 15-8). The loss ends K-State’s 14-match winning streak over the Sooners.    


Kansas State (8-11, 0-9 Big 12) was led by the play of middle blockers Megan Kroeker, Megan Farr and Kelsey Chipman. Kroeker tallied a team-high 17 kills on a match-high .548 hitting percentage and nine blocks, including three solo efforts. The Solomon, Kan., product also added a career-high five service aces. Her previous high was two at Texas on Oct. 22, 2005.


Farr registered a new-career-high with 15 kills on a .424 hitting percentage and three blocks. Chipman added eight kills and four blocks to the effort.


Junior Angie Lastra tallied her second career double-double and second this week with 14 kills and 12 digs.


Oklahoma (16-3, 8-1 Big 12) was paced by Bridget Laplante and Joanna Schmitt with 23 and 19 kills, respectively. Schmitt also added 15 digs to her ledger for a double-double.


The Wildcats used an 8-0 run midway through game one to distance itself from Oklahoma. Kroeker served during the streak and tallied three consecutive aces to push the run. The Sooners narrowed the margin to two on five occasions and got to within one at 25-24, but K-State held them off to capture the game, 30-27. Kroeker and Lastra paced the Wildcats with five kills apiece.


Oklahoma regrouped in the second game with an 11-2 run to hold a 24-12 lead. The Sooners were able to keep K-State’s points to a minimum down the stretch to capture the frame, 30-21. Oklahoma tallied a blistering .471 hitting percentage, while the Wildcats hit .250 for the second straight game.


K-State battled back after the intermission to overcome an early 9-5 deficit in the third game. A kill by Kelsey Chipman pushed the Wildcat lead to 19-13. The Sooners never got closer than five in the stanza, as Farr ended the third with a kill, 30-21. K-State answered Oklahoma’s second game with a .471 hitting percentage of its own, while Oklahoma hit just .163. It is the fourth-highest hitting percentage for a game this season for the Wildcats.


Oklahoma took its first lead of game four at 7-6, but was tied at 9 after a block by Kroeker and Stacey Spiegelberg. The teams were tied 10 times during the fourth game and shared the lead five times. The Sooners regained the lead for good at 15-14, as K-State could not overtake Oklahoma in the fourth, 30-27.


The Sooners asserted themselves in the fifth game by dispatching of the Wildcats, 15-8, with a .333 hitting percentage and forcing the Wildcats into five attack errors.


K-State will host Texas Tech on Wednesday in Ahearn Field House. The match will be broadcast live on FSN Midwest beginning at 7 p.m.