Wildcats Down Red Raiders

LUBBOCK, Texas Kansas State secured its first Big 12 series sweep this season with a 3-1 win (29-31, 30-24, 30-21, 30-18) over Texas Tech in United Spirit Arena on Wednesday night.


The Wildcats (11-18, 3-16 Big 12) were led by junior Angie Lastra and sophomore Megan Farr. Lastra registered her third 20-kill effort of her career with 21 on a .425 hitting percentage. The Carolina, Puerto Rico product also tallied six digs and three block assists. She is now four digs from passing Laura Downey for second in career digs.


Farr posted 15 kills on a team-high .467 hitting percentage. It is the eighth time this season she has surpassed 10 kills and a .300 hitting percentage in a match. The middle blocker from Manhattan, Kan., also chipped in with six block assists.


Spiegelberg dished out a match-high 58 assists to go with 10 digs, a career-high five service aces, five kills and four block assists. With the effort, the Overland Park, Kan., native became the third player in the 32-year history of K-State volleyball to record a quadruple-triple for a season with 1,378 assists, 241 digs, 104 blocks and 102 kills. The other two players are Renee Whitney (1985) and Gabby Guerre (2003).


Texas Tech (12-16, 5-14 Big 12) was led by Philister Sang with 18 kills and 13 digs. The Red Raiders also received 12 kills from Amy Charlebois and 11 from Alicia Ostmeyer.


Kansas State built a five-point lead on two occasions, 21-16 and 23-18, on three kills from Megan Kroeker and Lastra in the first game. The Red Raiders climbed back into the frame and claimed a 27-26 lead. The Wildcats were able to force game point first at 29-28, but three straight kills from Texas Tech sealed the opening game for the hosts, 31-29.


The Wildcats were able to recover from a 15-14 deficit midway through game two with a 7-1 run, highlighted by a pair of block assists from Farr and Kelsey Chipman. K-State eventually took a six-point lead on a Spiegelberg kill for a 24-18 advantage, which they never looked back from. Farr sealed the win with her third kill of the game, 30-24. The Wildcats hit .286 with 20 kills, while the Red Raiders hit .119 with 13 kills and eight attack errors.


Three consecutive service aces from Spiegelberg early in game three, sparked the Wildcats to a 30-21 win. The K-State attack was led by Lastra with seven kills and Farr with four. The Wildcats hit a blistering .394 and 16 kills. K-State also tallied five aces and three total blocks in the frame.  


K-State dominated play from the opening serve of game four, pushing out to a 10-point advantage at 25-15 on a Spiegelberg and Kroeker block. A kill from Werner and an attack error from Texas Tech sealed the match for K-State, 30-18. The Wildcats hit a blazing .438 with 16 kills and held Texas Tech to a .159 hitting percentage.


For the match, K-State hit a sizzling .324, the highest hitting percentage since the Wildcats hit .465 against Lipscomb on Sept. 1.  


Kansas State will close out the 2006 season on Saturday afternoon with Senior Day in Ahearn Field House. The Wildcats will welcome in Sunflower State rival, Kansas at 2 p.m.