Wildcat Victory!

MANHATTAN, Kan. It took Kansas State volleyball 47 games, but the Wildcats broke through with a win on Wednesday night, defeating Texas Tech, 3-1 (30-22, 24-30, 32-30, 30-19). The win ends K-State’s 10-match losing streak, which was the longest since 1993.

 

The Wildcats (9-11, 1-9 Big 12) had four players reach double digits in kills for the first time since Sept. 30 at Texas. Senior Sandy Werner led the way with 20 kills, becoming the 14th player in K-State history to register 1,000 kills for her career. The Topeka, Kan., native is the ninth player in Wildcat history to surpass 1,000 kills, 300 digs, 200 blocks and 50 service aces.

 

Junior Angie Lastra carded her third straight double-double with 19 kills and 15 digs. The native of Carolina, Puerto Rico also dropped in three service aces to move into 10th place on the K-State career list with 109 for her career.

 

Joining Werner and Lastra in double figures were sophomore middle blockers Megan Farr and Megan Kroeker. Both tallied 11 kills, while Farr hit a match-high .455. The Manhattan, Kan., product also registered a career-high with eight blocks.

 

Texas Tech (10-9, 3-7) also had four player card double figures in kills, with senior Philister Sang leading the way with 20 kills and 16 digs.

 

K-State used a 7-3 run halfway through game one, punctuated by a Werner service ace, to distance itself from the Red Raiders, 20-13. Texas Tech cut the lead to four at 22-18 on a Lastra attack error. K-State quickly pushed the lead to the eventual final deficit of eight at 28-20 on a Kroeker kill and closed out the frame on another Kroeker kill, 30-22. The Wildcats hit .286 and were led by Werner with seven kills.

 

The Red Raiders captured game two by hitting .306 as a team and held the Wildcats to a .053 on just 12 kills and 10 attack errors. Sang tallied five kills for Texas Tech, while Alicia Ostmeyer recorded four.

 

Kansas State and Texas Tech duked it out in the third stanza, as the teams were tied 16 times and exchanged the lead six times. K-State snagged the lead for good at 31-30 on kill by Werner and sealed the game three win on another Werner kill, 32-30.

 

As a team, K-State registered 21 kills on a .283 hitting percentage. It is the first time since game two on Sept. 27 against Iowa State that the Wildcats had recorded 20 kills in a game. Lastra paced the Wildcats in the third game with eight kills, while Werner totaled seven.

 

The Wildcats captured the win with a 10-4 run midway through game four. A kill by Kelsey Chipman pushed the Wildcats to a nine-point edge at 24-15. Kills from Lastra and Chipman and an attack error from the Red Raiders gave the K-State its largest lead of 12 at 28-16. An attack error by the Red Raiders sealed the match for K-State, 30-19.

 

K-State hit .368 in the final game with 15 kills and forced Texas Tech into a .087 hitting percentage with 16 kills and 12 attack errors.

 

Kansas State will travel to No. 12 Missouri on Saturday to face the Tigers at the Hearnes Center. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. and  will follow the Kansas State-Missouri football game earlier in the afternoon.