K-State Hangs with No. 8 Texas

MANHATTAN, Kan. The stat sheet would indicate that Kansas State and No. 8 Texas played to a near-deadlock on Wednesday night at Ahearn Field House, but the Longhorns pieced together enough points to defeat the host Wildcats, 3-1 (30-26, 30-22, 23-30, 30-26).


Kansas State (10-18, 2-16 Big 12) was led by sophomore Megan Farr. The middle blocker from Manhattan, registered a career-high 18 kills on a team-leading .417 hitting percentage and added seven blocks. Since becoming a regular member of the rotation 10 matches ago, Farr has tallied match career-highs in five statistical categories, including Wednesday’s career-high in kills.


Joining Farr with double figure kills were sophomore Megan Kroeker with 15, senior Sandy Werner with 14 and junior Angie Lastra with 11. It is the 17th time this season and 21st double-digit kill match for Kroeker. Werner recorded her 20th match of 10+ kills this season and the 58th of her career, while Lastra registered her ninth in double figures. Lastra also tallied 11 digs for her sixth career double-double.


Junior setter Stacey Spiegelberg dished out 54 assists and carded 12 digs for her 10th double-double this season. The Overland Park, Kan., product also tallied four blocks to tally the 18th triple-triple for a season in K-State history. She accomplished the feat a season ago and is just three kills from becoming the first Wildcat to earn a quadruple-triple for a season.


Junior libero Lauren Rosenthal notched her second career match of 20 or more digs with a career- and match-high of 24. The San Antonio, Texas native surpassed her previous career-best of 20 at Iowa State on Oct. 25.


Texas (20-5, 15-3) was led by freshman right side Ashley Engle with 20 kills and 12 digs. The Longhorns also received a strong effort from senior middle blocker Jennifer Todd, who notched 12 kills on a match-high .458 hitting percentage.


For the match, Texas had a narrow advantage in kills (67-66) and digs (66-62). The Wildcats held the edge in service aces (8 to 5) and tied the Longhorns in total blocks with 13.


The Longhorns biggest edge came in hitting percentage at .256 to the Wildcats’ .220. K-State committed three more attack errors, 28 to 25, but registered nine more attempts, 173 to 164.


Kansas State will be off this weekend before traveling to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech on Wednesday, Nov. 22. The Wildcats will conclude the 2006 season in Ahearn Field House on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. as K-State welcomes in Sunflower State rival, Kansas