K-State Pushes to Win

WACO, Texas For the second time this week, No. 20 Kansas State was forced to rally from a 2-0 deficit. Unlike Wednesday against Colorado, the Wildcats were able to close the match out against Baylor, 3-2 (23-30, 21-30, 30-27, 30-20, 15-11).


Kansas State (15-4, 6-3 Big 12) was led by junior Sandy Werner and senior Agata Rezende. Werner paced the Wildcats for the fifth time this season with 18 kills. The Topeka, Kan., native also chipped in seven digs and one service ace. Rezende was in double figures in kills for the 16th time this season with 15 and a team-leading .263 hitting percentage. The Franca, Brazil product also added seven digs, six block assists and one service ace.


The Wildcats were also bolstered by sophomore Rita Lilliom with nine kills, nine digs, three assists and one service ace. Sophomore Stacey Spiegelberg recorded her fifth career double-double with 47 assists and 10 digs, while sophomore libero Angie Lastra carded her eighth career match of 20 or more digs with 20. The Carolina, Puerto Rico product also led K-State with four of the Wildcats 12 service aces.


K-State jumped on the Bears early with a three-point run to open game one. Lastra recorded two service aces and a Werner kill for the Wildcats. The service aces by Lastra mark the 212th straight match K-State has recorded at least one ace and the 35th time in her career she has registered a service ace.


Baylor (10-10, 2-7 Big 12) withstood the opening run by the Wildcats and went on a seven-point run of their own. Baylor stretched its lead to eight at 20-12 before K-State mounted an 8-2 charge to trail 22-20. K-State used three Rezende kills and two block assists from redshirt freshman Megan Kroeker to climb back into game one. Baylor held off K-State for the second time and won the frame.


The Bears outhit the Wildcats .361 to .125 and held a six-dig advantage, 17 to 11.


Game two was a carbon copy of the first as Baylor took control with a six-point run midway through the game, to hold a 20-12 advantage. K-State strung together two separate rallies of three points apiece, but it was not enough to overtake the Bears.


Baylor continued to hold the edge in hitting percentage, .196 to .038, and digs (32 to 20).


The Bears once again held down the Wildcats midway through game three at 20-14, but K-State was able turn the tables and rally. K-State was spurred to a 16-6 run by the play of Joy Hamlin and Rezende. The pair registered two block assists and a kill apiece during the rally. Werner and junior Jamie Perkins also tallied service aces during the run.


K-State outhit Baylor .129 to .024 and held an 11-10 advantage in digs during the game.


The Wildcats held the lead throughout game four, tying with the Bears on just four occasions. After the Wildcats captured a 17-12 lead, Baylor chipped away and closed to within one at 17-16. From this point, K-State closed the stanza with a 13-4 run, punctuated by a Lastra service ace.


K-State registered its best hitting percentage of the afternoon at .308 on 17 kills. The Wildcats took control of the defensive stats as well, holding a 17-14 dig edge and a 4-3 lead in total blocks.


The Wildcats dashed to a 7-3 lead behind three Baylor attacking errors. K-State climbed on Werner’s back down the stretch, as she tallied three of K-State’s final points on kills.


Kansas State will return to Manhattan to host No. 1 Nebraska. Match time on Wednesday night is set for 7 p.m. in Ahearn Field House.