Wildcats Prevail with 3-1 Victory Over Cyclones

MANHATTAN, Kan. No. 15 Kansas State was powered to a 3-1 win over the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday night in Ahearn Field House. The Wildcats, backed by tough play from the middle, earned the gutsy win by scores of 30-24, 30-26, 20-30, 35-33 to move to 17-6 overall and 9-4 in the Big 12 Conference. Iowa State remains at fifth in the conference with a 7-5 Big 12 record and falls to 13-9 overall. The win cemented K-State’s 11th sweep of the seasonal series since the formation of the Big 12 and second series victory this season.


The evenly-matched battle had similar numbers from each squad with K-State finishing on the upper hand in hitting with a .201 percentage (64 kills, 29 errors, 174 attempts). The Cyclones tallied more kills with 70 on the night on .194 hitting. Iowa State led in assists with 65 and blocks with 18, while the Wildcats owned the board in digs with 77.


“We showed decent composure and stayed aggressive through the match,” head coach Suzie Fritz said. “We kept taking swings at (Iowa State). They are not an easy team to get kills against because they dig a lot of balls. I feel good about getting this win.”


The leaders in Saturday’s match were K-State’s middle blockers Megan Farr and Kelsey Chipman. Farr tallied a season-tying high in kills with 15 on .407 hitting while adding a team-high six blocks. Chipman posted 12 kills after hitting at .375 percent and recorded two service aces, five blocks and five digs. Nataly Korobkova also had 15 kills against the Cyclones and registered numbers in digs with eight and blocks with six.


Rita Liliom also supplied to the Wildcat attack by putting down 14 kills. The Budapest, Hungary, native also dished out five digs and one service ace. Stacey Spiegelberg had a match-high 57 assists and added seven digs and three blocks to the KSU win.


Three Wildcats put up double-digit digs with senior Angie Lastra pacing K-State with 23, marking her ninth match of 20 or more this season to place second most in the school history books. Lauren Rosenthal and Lauren Mathewson each added 10 to the 77-dig effort. The double-digit mark is Mathewson’s second career match of 10 or more.


Iowa State’s Erin Boeve led the team in kills with 17 and blocks with 12. Lauren Cummings also notched a double-double for the Cyclones with 14 kills and 10 blocks. Three members of the squad led with 15 digs each as Kaylee Manns, Ashley Mass and Amy Vos all met the mark.


The Wildcats’ season rolls on next Wednesday as K-State travels to Lubbock, Texas, to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders for the second time this season. The Wildcats will look to capture the season series for the third-straight year after the first serve at 7 p.m. from the United Spirit Arena. For complete coverage of Kansas State volleyball, please visit www.kstatesports.com.