Wildcats Begin Road Trip
Wildcats Begin Road Trip
The last time these two teams met it was a hard-fought win for the Wildcats in four sets. K-State battled the Cyclones for close wins in each set even going to extra points in the fourth before winning the match 30-24, 30-26, 20-30, 35-33. Four Wildcats reached double digits in kills and all four of those players are back this year. Four Cyclones also reached double digits in the match. K-State swept the Cyclones in the other meeting between the Wildcats and Cyclones in
Prior the inception of the Big 12 Conference, the Cyclones controlled the series holding a 34-14 advantage from 1976-1995. During that span the Cyclones had one streak of 14 consecutive wins over the Wildcats.
Traditionally the longer the matches last in this series the more likely Iowa State is to come up the victor as 24 of K-State’s wins have been sweeps while 14 of Iowa State’s wins over the Wildcats have been sweeps. K-State has a losing record against ISU in four- and five-set matches.
On the Airwaves
Saturday’s match will be broadcast on 1350 KMAN with
On the Web
Live stats for Saturday’s match will be available through www.cyclones.com.
Scouting the Cyclones
After opening the year 2-1 at a tournament hosted by
In conference play, the Cyclones started slowly losing four in a row to open 1-4. Two of the losses came to conference powers
The Cyclones are led by senior Jen Malcom as she is hitting at a .408 clip and averaging 1.26 blocks per set. Victoria Henson joins her as one of the offensive leaders on the team averaging 4.10 kills per set to rank third in the conference. Henson had 30 kills in a loss to
In the loss against
Setter Kaylee Manns also leads the conference in assists per set at 11.74. She had 72 of the team’s 77 assists in the loss at
The Cyclones have a strong foundation in senior Jen Malcom and juniors Kaylee Manns and Diane Kieger, but get a lot of effort from a relatively young team with Henson and Mass contributing much as sophomores. Freshman Rachel Hockaday has played in every set this year and is third on the team in kills.
Catching Up with the Cats
Texas Tech mustered just 23 kills in the loss as the Wildcats had 23 digs and marked nine blocks. Sophomore libero Lauren Mathewson had seven digs, and setter Soriana Pacheco led the team with eight. Seniors Megan Farr and Nataly Korobkova each had four blocks on the night as well.
Senior outside hitter Rita Liliom had a complete match at Tech with 11 kills on 20 swings with no errors to hit .550 for the match. She had been struggling to hit for a high percentage of late not reaching .230 for eight consecutive matches before the Tech match. Liliom also tied her career-high with four service aces in the victory.
Korobkova continued to be one of the team’s most consistent threats with nine kills and hit .312 with a solo block and three block assists. She has quietly put up solid numbers in conference play as Liliom is having one of the best seasons in school history from a kills per set standpoint.
Pacheco had her most efficient night yet this season mixing offense with defense. She led the team to its second-highest hitting percentage of the season in the win over the Red Raiders and tallied 25 assists. Her eight digs led the team and she also assisted on three blocks. Pacheco also had a career-high in kills with four on five attempts.
Liliom Marks 1,000th Kill
Senior outside hitter Rita Liliom put her name in the record books against Texas Tech as she marked her 1,000th career kill. Liliom joins a prestigious list of names in the 1,000 Kill Club and is ranked 15th all-time at K-State with 1,002. She ranks second in the Big 12 in kills per set at 4.11 and is among the national leaders as well. She has had at least 10 or more kills in every match this season for the Wildcats.
She has surpassed the 15-kill mark in nine matches and also added seven double-doubles reaching double digits in digs. Liliom has become the team’s go-to player in clutch situations this season and has been an emotional leader on the court. She could move into 11th on the career list if she continues at her current pace.