K-State Aces Test from Baylor

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State ended a five-match losing streak on Wednesday night, serving itself to a 3-0 win (30-24, 30-20, 30-23) over Baylor. The Wildcats have now won 11 of the last 14 meetings with the Bears.


The Wildcats were able to keep Baylor off-balance with 10 service aces. It is the most in a three-game match for K-State since Oct. 30, 2004 against Kansas, when they also dropped in 10. This also extends the nation’s longest streak with at least one service ace in a match to 251 consecutive matches.


For the night, K-State (10-16, 2-14 Big 12) was led by middle blocker Megan Kroeker and Megan Farr. Kroeker tallied 12 kills on a .429 hitting percentage and four blocks. It is the 11th time this season Kroeker has hit above .300 for a match and the 16th time and 20th of her career, that the Solomon, Kan., product has tallied 10 or more kills.


Farr finished with 10 kills on a .529 hitting percentage and tied for team-high honors with five blocks. It is the sixth time this season the Manhattan, Kan., native has tallied a hitting percentage above .300 and the sixth 10-kill match of her career.


Baylor (16-12, 4-11) was paced by Anna Breyfogle with 11 kills and six blocks and Desiree Guilliard-Young with 10 kills and five blocks.  


In game one, K-State pushed out to a 15-8 lead on the back of three kills from Farr. The Wildcats built the lead to 22-14, but the Bears mounted a 10-3 rally to pull to with one at 25-24. A kill from Stacey Spiegelberg broke the string for Baylor and put the ball in the hands of Angie Lastra.


The junior from Carolina, Puerto Rico went on to serve the final four points for the Wildcats with three service aces pushing the Wildcats to the 30-24 game one win. Lastra finished with eight kills, five digs and a season-high four service aces. She now has 115 aces for her career and is two service aces from passing Liz Wegner and Donna Lee for eighth in K-State history.


For the frame, K-State hit .273 with 15 kills, led by Farr with seven kills and a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage. Baylor also carded 15 kills with a .235 hitting percentage, but tallied seven attack errors and three service errors providing the difference.


The second game brought more of the same from the Wildcat service attack, with three more aces in the stanza. The K-State defense held the Bears to just 12 kills and a .091 hitting percentage in the stanza, while the Wildcats tallied 13 kills on a .200 hitting percentage.


Kroeker and Lastra helped seal the match for the Wildcats in the third game with seven and five kills respectively. The Wildcats blistered the floor with 18 kills and a .371 hitting percentage. The Bears hit .303 with 15 kills but were blocked four times in the game and tallied five service errors.


Kansas State hit .282 for the match with 46 kills, while Baylor tallied a .210 hitting percentage on 42 kills. The Bears held a slight advantage in digs (35 to 32) and the teams were equal in total blocks with 11.


The last time K-State won in three games was Sept. 9 against then-No. 23 Notre Dame and the last time they set down a conference foe by way of a sweep was Nov. 26, 2005 against Oklahoma.


The Wildcats will travel to Norman, Okla., on Saturday to face No. 15 Oklahoma at 1 p.m.