High-Hitting Lifts Cats to 3-0 Win Over Tech

MANHATTAN, Kan. The 14th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats cruised to a 3-0 win over Texas Tech after a 16-kill effort from junior Nataly Korobkova. K-State finished the match in games of 30-22, 30-15, 30-14 after posting 59 kills and only 15 errors on 98 attempts for a hitting percentage of .449. At the midway point of conference play, the Wildcats improve to 7-3 in Big 12 action with a 15-5 overall record.


Korobkova finished the night with a match-high 16 kills on 24 attempts for .500 hitting, marking her fifth match of hitting .400 or better. Sophomore Kelsey Chipman added nine kills for the Cats’ offense after hitting .583 on the night. The Topeka, Kan., native also had a match-high four blocks (one solo, three assisted). Freshman Julianne Chisholm notched a career-high eight kills on .462 hitting percentage.


Other leaders for the Wildcats include Stacey Spiegelberg, who registered a match-high 46 assists. Lauren Mathewson served a career-high two aces while Jenny Jantsch added one to extend K-State’s nation-leading streak of matches with one or more aces to 275. Angie Lastra paced the squad in digs for the 18th match this season after dishing out nine against the Red Raiders.


Texas Tech (7-12; 1-9 Big 12) was held to a hitting clip of .049 with 22 kills and 18 errors on 81 attempts. Seniors Amy Gandy and Alicia Ostmeyer led with six kills each, while Kourtney Dunnam put up 20 assists. Dunnam, along with Jenn Harrell, tallied five digs for 10 of the Red Raiders’ 23.


“We were able to put good pressure on Texas Tech,” head coach Suzie Fritz said. “Defensively, our block was one of the bright spots. Our defense’s spontaneity has improved, while I have seen growth offensively. Chisholm has earned time and is improving. Tonight we were able to set Jantsch after we saw something in the matchup that we wanted to exploit and she did well.”


Kansas State has a quick turnaround in which they hit the road for two-consecutive road matches with a Friday contest against Oklahoma. The Wildcat-Sooner battle is set to begin with a 6 p.m. first serve in Norman, Okla., as action can be followed via live broadcast on 1350 KMAN. A complete recap will be posted online at Kansas State’s official athletic website, www.kstatesports.com.