Wildcats Defeated by No. 15 Sooners

NORMAN, Okla. Kansas State opened a two-match stretch against ranked opponents with a 3-0 loss at the hands of No. 15 Oklahoma (30-24, 30-24, 30-17). It is the first time K-State has lost a season series to the Sooners since the 1997 season.


The Wildcats (10-17, 2-15 Big 12) was led by junior Angie Lastra with 12 kills and eight digs. The Carolina, Puerto Rico product has now tallied seven matches of 10 or more kills. She is now just 21 digs from moving past Laura Downey for second in school history.


Oklahoma (22-5, 13-3) had three players reach double-figures in kills with Joanna Schmitt leading the way with 15. Schmitt also registered 12 digs.


In the opening game, K-State held a three-point lead early at 7-4. After the Sooners captured the lead at 9-8, Spiegelberg, Werner and Chipman registered three kills to push the Wildcats back in front at 11-9.


Oklahoma battled back and opened up an eight-point advantage, 26-18. The Wildcats closed to within five, but could not come all the way back as the Sooners captured the opening frame, 30-24. Lastra paced the Wildcats with five kills as K-State hit .213 with 15 kills. The Sooners tallied a .359 hitting percentage on 18 kills.


The Sooners held the lead throughout the second game. K-State was able to cut a five-point deficit to just two, 23-21, on a Megan Kroeker kill. Oklahoma was able to hold off K-State for the 30-24 game two win. The Wildcats hit .136 in the second stanza with 15 kills with Lastra notching five kills. The Sooners carded 18 kills with a .295 hitting percentage.


In the final game, Oklahoma ran away from K-State early for the match-clinching win of 30-17. The Sooners hit .258 in the final frame, while the Wildcats totaled a -.026.


For the match, K-State hit .116 with 39 kills while the Sooners tallied a .307 with 49 kills. Oklahoma also held the edge in the defensive categories with 57 digs and 15 total blocks, while K-State registered 42 and six.


Kansas State will return to Ahearn Field House to take on No. 8 Texas on Wednesday. Match time is set for 7 p.m.