No. 12 KSU Pushes Nebraska to Five; Falls 3-2

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State senior Angie Lastra put forth a 32-dig effort, but the 12th-ranked Wildcats were unable to corral the late-surging Nebraska squad, as the Huskers won 3-2 in Ahearn Field House Saturday night. No. 2 NU rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to spoil the match in games of 24-30, 27-30, 30-25, 30-19, 15-8 in front of K-State’s largest home crowd of the season: 3,254. K-State moves to an 18-7 overall record while being 10-5 in the Big 12 Conference; Nebraska improves to 21-1 and 13-1 Big 12.

 

With 32 digs against the Huskers, Lastra again etched her name into the KSU record books as the number sits as the sixth most in a five-game match. The number also sits as the third most digs for Lastra in a single match, as she has recorded a 36-dig and 33-dig effort in 2004 and 2006, respectively.

 

Senior Stacey Spiegelberg registered a double-double on the night with 61 assists and 10 digs, marking her third double-double effort of the year. The Overland Park, Kan., native also notched five kills on .300 hitting with three block assists.

 

K-State finished with .187 hitting on the night, falling below .200 after hitting a percentage of .234 through the first three games. Junior Nataly Korobkova finished with a team-high 22 kills with 12 errors on 62 attempts (.161). Also finishing in double figures for kills was Rita Liliom, who added 14, Kelsey Chipman with 12 and Megan Farr with 10.

 

The Cats put back 13.5 blocks on the night as a team, while Chipman, Farr and Jantsch each recorded six block assists. Along with Lastra and Spiegelberg, five other Wildcats tallied five or more digs: Korobkova 9, Jantsch 6, Rosenthal 6, Mathewson 6 and Chipman 5.

 

K-State held the Husker offense to a hitting percentage of .144 through the first two games, but the second-ranked team in the nation rebounded to finish with a .266 percentage. Senior Sarah Pavan lit up the NU offense in the final three games with 18 kills and finished the night with 31. The mark is Pavan’s second-best career effort and first time notching 30 or more kills in a regular season match, second time overall. Tracy Stalls and Jordan Larson each had double-digit kills with 15 and 12, respectively. Rachel Holloway aided in the effort by dishing out 72 assists.

 

The Husker defense had 15.5 blocks and 84 team digs. Chris Houghtelling led the defense with 26 digs, while Rachel Schwartz added 16, Holloway 13 and Pavan 10. Stalls led NU in blocks with one solo and eight assisted for a match-high nine.

 

The Wildcats next take on Texas A&M in an FSN-broadcasted match on Wednesday, Nov. 7th, from Ahearn Field House. The first serve is set for 7 p.m. For complete coverage of Kansas State volleyball, please visit www.kstatesports.com.