Cats Earn Season Highs in 3-1 Loss at OU

NORMAN, Okla. The 23rd-ranked Oklahoma Sooners earned the 3-1 upset over No. 14 Kansas State despite a season-high 29 digs from senior Angie Lastra. The Wildcats outhit the Sooners .166 to .151 in the loss, as OU won in scores of 30-27, 30-25, 26-30, 30-28. K-State’s record falls to 15-6 overall and 7-4 in the Big 12, while the Sooners (16-5) capture sole possession of third place in the conference with an 8-3 Big 12 record.

 

Junior Nataly Korobkova recorded her sixth double-double as a Wildcat after converting for a match-high 21 kills and 11 digs. Rita Liliom and JuliAnne Chisholm each added 10 kills, marking a career-high for Chisholm, a freshman out of Hillsboro, Kan. Stacey Spiegelberg aided in the offensive effort with 56 assists, while also putting down a season-high seven kills.

 

The Wildcats continued their streak of matches with at least one service ace after recording five against the Sooners, but saw the return of their serving woes as they tallied 13 errors. K-State posted 15 team blocks, including five solo with two from Kelsey Chipman. The Topeka, Kan., product also notched nine kills on the night.

 

K-State and Oklahoma started the match with effective sideouts, as the two conference foes tied at every point up until 10-all when the Wildcats scored two straight to earn the 12-10 lead. The Sooners returned to the match with three straight to recapture the lead at 13-12 and force the first KSU timeout. K-State came out with a 7-3 run including four straight kills from four difference attackers to power to a three-point lead at 19-16. After two-straight points gave K-State the 23-19 advantage, Oklahoma scored five-consecutive to capture its first lead since 16-15. A kill from Korobkova put a halt to the spark, but the Sooners earned the first game win with a 6-3 finish to win 30-27.

 

With momentum from the game one win, Oklahoma struck first in the second set with the first two points. Chipman’s fourth kill of the night started a string of three-unanswered points to give KSU the 3-2 lead. Each team then swapped three-point runs, but OU’s quickness gave them an additional string of four points to produce an 11-8 lead. With all of the energy and the Wildcats unable to establish a rhythm, Oklahoma prevented K-State from taking the lead again and went on to earn the 2-0 advantage with a 30-25 game two victory.

 

K-State was slow out of the break as Oklahoma ran to a four-point lead at 6-2 to force the first Wildcat timeout of the game. When the Cats returned to the court, they did so with ferocity as they converted for four points including two kills from Korobkova to force a tie game at 6-all and an OU timeout. KSU continued to chase balls down while the Sooners’ errors gave KSU an 11-8 lead. The Wildcat attack with contribution from five members fought off any surge from the Sooners while K-State climbed to a 22-17 lead. A late run by the home team allowed OU to tie the game at 26, but the Wildcats scored the last four, including a service ace from Liliom, to win 30-26.

 

Despite starting game four with an attack error, Oklahoma was ignited to an 8-3 lead including five straight to again force an early K-State timeout. As OU maintained a five-point advantage, K-State flickered to life with a 6-1 run to pull to a 12-all tie. When the Sooners fought back with five of the next six points, K-State recaptured the lead at 18-17, first since 2-1, with five unanswered, including Chisholm’s first career solo block. The Cats maintained the lead until Oklahoma pulled ahead at 22-21 on the heels of three straight. The game featured six more ties before the Sooners scored the final two to win the match off of a 30-28 game four.

 

The Wildcats will continue their road swing as they travel to Columbia, Mo., to face the Missouri Tigers on Wed., Oct. 24th. The match time is set for 6:30 p.m. For complete coverage of Kansas State volleyball, please visit www.kstatesports.com.