Wildcats Notch Career Highs in 3-2 Win over Aggies

MANHATTAN, Kan. Juniors Megan Farr and Nataly Korobkova combined for 47 kills to hold off the Texas A&M Aggies on Wednesday and lift No. 12 Kansas State to a 3-2 victory in Ahearn Field House. K-State rallied to a 2-0 lead before the Aggies fought back to even the score, but the Cats captured the fifth game to win 30-19, 30-27, 30-32, 28-30, 15-10. The victory brings K-State to 19-7 overall and 11-5 in the conference, while the Aggies drop to 18-8 overall; 7-8 Big 12.

 

Middle blocker Farr finished the night with a career high 20 kills on 34 attempts with only two errors for a hitting percentage of .529. The Manhattan, Kan., native added five block assists. Korobkova converted for 27 kills for a new career high, bettering her mark of 26 against Cal Poly in her Wildcat debut. The product of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, added two service aces, nine digs and seven block assists.

 

"Nataly was great when we needed her to be," head coach Suzie Fritz said. "I think she put pressure on them. They are good at keeping rallies alive, and she did a good job of distrupting their defense. Nataly is able to consistently put together good performances, but with her size she can become a better blocker." 

 

Three additional Wildcats produced double figures in kills, including sophomore Kelsey Chipman who put down 15 on .379 hitting. She also notched a match-high eight blocks while recording one service ace. Jenny Jantsch finished with 13 kills while Rita Liliom tallied 12 for the Wildcats.

 

With five Wildcats having over 10 kills, K-State registered 92 kills on the Aggies with 31 errors on 201 attempts to hit at .303. The Cats started the match with a hitting clip of .359 in the first set and ended with perfect attacking after having nine kills with no errors in the fifth game for a .692 percentage.

 

Senior Stacey Spiegelberg captained the Wildcat attack with her career high in assists after dishing out 79. The mark ties for the fifth-most in a five-game match in Kansas State history, as Disney Bronnenberg is listed with all top five recordings. Senior Angie Lastra nearly had a second-consecutive match of 30 or more digs, but fell short by one after tallying 29 digs for the night. The match marks her 31st career match of 20 or more digs.

 

The Aggies were led by Sarah Ammerman who finished with 19 kills with six digs and four blocks. Mary Batis added 18 kills and 18 digs for a double-double, while setter Kristen Schevikhoven had 56 assists and 13 digs to be the second Aggie with a double-double on the night.

 

The Wildcats will return to the road on Saturday as K-State will have a second meeting with the Baylor Bears in Waco, Texas. For complete coverage and statistics on the Kansas State volleyball team, please visit www.kstatesports.com.