Wildcats Dropped by Cyclones

AMES, Iowa Kansas State paid a visit to Iowa State on Wednesday night, but the Cyclones proved to be rude hosts with a 3-1 win (30-28, 30-25, 20-30, 30-25) in Hilton Coliseum.


K-State (9-13, 1-11 Big 12) witnessed four players in double figures in kills with junior Angie Lastra leading the way with 18. Senior Sandy Werner tallied her second double-double this season with 12 kills and 12 digs. It is the 18th time this season the Topeka, Kan., native has finished with double figures in kills.


Sophomore middle blockers Megan Kroeker and Megan Farr registered 15 and 14 kills, respectively. Kroeker led the Wildcats with eight blocks. Farr tallied a team-high .429 hitting percentage as she registered her fourth straight match in double figures.


The Cyclones (15-7, 7-5) was led by senior Katie Jessen with 15 kills, while Lauren Cummings carded 14 kills and eight blocks.


Iowa State jumped out to a four-point lead at 13-9 in game one, but K-State used a 6-2 run to even the match at 15. The Cyclones pushed out to a four-point lead on two straight service aces at 26-22 forcing the Wildcats to use their final timeout. Iowa State reached game point at 29-26, but the Wildcats held off defeat twice on a Lastra kill and a Kroeker and Spiegelberg block. On the third game-point, K-State committed an attack error to seal the game, 30-28.


The Cyclones outhit K-State, 239 to .233, and registered one more kill, 19 to 18. The Wildcats were led by Kroeker and Farr with six and four kills, respectively.  


Iowa State slowly pulled away from K-State halfway through the second frame. The Cyclones eventually established a seven-point lead at game-point, 29-22. The Wildcats fended off three game-points with an Iowa State service error, a Lastra kill and a Kroeker and Spiegelberg block, but Iowa State put the game away on a kill, 30-25. The Wildcats tallied 17 kills to Iowa State’s 16, but the Cyclones hit .300 to K-State’s .148. K-State was paced by Werner with six kills.


Kansas State started out game three like a house afire with an 8-0 run, highlighted by two kills and a block from Kroeker and two kills by Lastra. Iowa State brought the Wildcat lead down to three at 14-11, but K-State used a 6-1 run capped by a Werner and Kroeker block to bring the lead back to eight at 20-12. The Wildcats held off the Cyclones at a distance for the remainder of game three and finished off the frame with a kill from Werner, 30-20.


The Wildcats carded 20 kills on a .310 hitting percentage in the third frame and held Iowa State to just eight kills and a .000 hitting percentage. It is the first time K-State has held an opponent to single digits in kills in a non-game 5 since game two on Sept. 9 against Alabama (9). K-State received seven kills from Lastra and five apiece from Kroeker and Farr.


Iowa State distanced themselves from K-State late in the fourth game with a 5-1 run to hold a 26-20 lead. The Wildcats were able to cut the lead to four at 29-25, but an attack error sealed the match for Iowa State, 30-25. Iowa State hit .333 in the decisive game, while K-State mustered a .154.


For the match, Kansas State registered 11 more kills than the Cyclones, 72 to 61, but Iowa State tallied two more total blocks and 13 more digs than the Wildcats, 72 to 59.

Kansas State will return to Manhattan to host No. 1 Nebraska at 7 p.m. in Ahearn Field House.