Cats Ace Their Way Past Jayhawks

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State was able to send senior Sandy Werner out in style on Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 win (30-16, 30-14, 30-28) over Kansas in Ahearn Field House. K-State head coach Suzie Fritz is now 6-0 in home season finales.

 

The Wildcats (12-18, 4-16 Big 12) won their second straight match on the strength of 15 service aces. It is the most for a K-State team since recording 18 in a 3-0 win over UMKC on Sept. 9, 2003. For the week, the Wildcats dropped in 24 aces, tallying nine at Texas Tech on Wednesday.

 

K-State also registered 13 total team blocks, which included 22 blocks assists. With the effort of 22, the Wildcats broke a year-old team record for block assists in a season with 632.

 

Individually, K-State was led by Werner with 12 kills, including two of the final three points of the match. The Topeka, Kan., native finished her career with 1,109 kills and 1,303.5 points to rank 12th and 13th in K-State history, respectively.

 

Also in double figures for the Wildcats was sophomore Megan Farr with 10 kills on a .350 hitting percentage and a match-high seven blocks. The product of Manhattan, Kan., registered 10 matches of five or more blocks this season, nine matches of 10 or more kills and nine matches of a .300 or better hitting percentage.

 

Junior setter Stacey Spiegelberg dished out 37 assists, while keeping the Jayhawk attack off-balance with four service aces and three blocks. Sophomore Jenny Jantsch recorded a career-high with five service aces and finished the season with 51, tying her with Gabby Guerre and Vali Hejjas for the seventh-most in a season.

 

Junior outside hitter Angie Lastra registered six kills and 10 digs and moved into second on the K-State career digs list, passing Laura Downey with 1,457. The Carolina, Puerto Rico product also dropped in two service aces to climb into a tie for seventh with Kristin Martin for service aces in a career with 118.  

 

Kansas (10-19, 3-17) was paced by middle blocker Savannah Noyes with 11 kills on a .529 hitting percentage.

 

For the match, K-State registered a .288 hitting percentage and held Kansas to .134. The Wildcats also held the edge in digs (50-44) and blocks (13.0-5.0).

 

The Wildcats have not lost the season series with the Jayhawks since 1993. K-State has won 22 of the last 24 meetings with Kansas.