Korobkova Leads Cats in 3-0 Sweep of Tigers

COLUMBIA, Mo. With 23 kills from junior Nataly Korobkova, the 15th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats earned the 3-0 victory in Columbia, Mo., over the Missouri Tigers. K-State won the match in games of 30-23, 30-19, 30-27 to improve to 16-6 on the season and 8-4 in the Big 12 Conference. The Tigers fell to 12-9 overall, 5-7 in the conference with their third-straight 3-0 loss.


K-State’s Korobkova finished with a match-high 23 kills, tying for fifth most in a three-game match in school history. The Krasnoyarsk, Russia, native finished the night with a hitting percentage of .462 after committing five errors on 39 attempts. She added seven digs and four blocks in the win over MU. Rita Liliom and Kelsey Chipman each notched double-digit kills, posting 13 and 10, respectively. Chipman led the team in hitting percentage (.529) and tied with Megan Farr for most blocks with five.


Stacey Spiegelberg helped the .303 Kansas State hitting attack after dishing out 46 assists. The product of Overland Park, Kan., added two aces, six digs and four block assists. Angie Lastra paced K-State in digs with her 28th match of 20 or more after tallying 20 on the night.


The Wildcats opened the match with a commanding run at the beginning of game one, as they rallied to a 9-4 lead after trailing 2-3. After a Tiger timeout, K-State held onto the lead with kills from Chipman, Farr and Korobkova and possessed a six-point advantage at 16-10. Mizzou captured some momentum as it scored five-unanswered points to pull within one of the Wildcats at 16-15. The Wildcats responded with a 6-2 run, including a service ace from Chipman, to force the second MU timeout. KSU returned to the court with a Spiegelberg ace and proceeded to score on four of Korobkova’s nine first game kills to earn a 27-22 lead. When a kill from Spiegelberg captured game point for the Wildcats, K-State won the first game 30-23 after freshman Lauren Mathewson scored on her seventh-career service ace.


The Tigers jumped to an early 4-1 score in the second set, but K-State scored on three-straight kills from three separate attackers to force a 4-all game. The Tigers then powered to a three-point lead at 8-5 to bring K-State to a timeout. Out of the break, the Cats scored four-straight, including two on MU attack errors, to regain the lead at 9-8 and force the first Tiger timeout. K-State continued to run the score up and gained an eventual seven-point lead at 17-10 with two points from KSU service aces (Spiegelberg and Lastra). The Tigers produced a 6-2 run to pull within three, but the Wildcats were sparked by .348 hitting to finish the game with an 11-3 run, winning 30-19. The Cats were led in the second by Liliom with six kills and Lastra who dished out eight digs.


In game three, the Tigers came out looking to avoid the sweep as they posted an early 7-2 lead on the Wildcats. After Missouri committed a service error, the momentum shifted in favor of K-State as it continued on an 8-2 run with four kills and one ace from Liliom. With a KSU lead at 11-10, the Tigers called a timeout but were unable to stifle the Cats’ attack as K-State garnered a 20-15 lead. Mizzou, fueled by its home crowd, went on a 9-4 run to bring the score to a 24-all tie. After tying again at 25, the Wildcats followed shots and put back three blocks and added two kills from Korobkova to finish the match on a 30-27 game three. Korobkova finished with an additional nine kills to lead the .277 hitting of the Cats in the final set.


Kansas State will return to the confines of Ahearn Field House on Sat., Oct. 27th, as the Wildcats take on the Iowa State Cyclones. The match will have a first serve of 7 p.m. with live stats available on K-State’s athletic website. For complete coverage of Kansas State volleyball, please visit www.kstatesports.com.