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
Junior Angie Lastra carded her third straight double-double with 19 kills and 15 digs. The native of
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
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.
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
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.