Ducks End Cats? Season with 3-2 Decision

MANHATTAN, Kan. After compiling a 23-9 record in the 2007 season, No. 11 Kansas State was handed a season-ending 3-2 loss by No. 13 Oregon on Saturday night from Ahearn Field House. The Wildcats jumped to an early lead, but the powerful Pacific 10 Conference squad won the final three to take the match in sets of 24-30, 20-30, 30-27, 36-34, 15-11.

 

The Wildcats’ finished with their 16th match of over .300 hitting this season, as the K-State attack hit .314 with 81 kills on 185 attempts with 23 errors. The defense tallied a season-high 22.0 blocks, as three individual Wildcats tallied 10 or more.

 

Rita Liliom led the team in kills with a career-high 27 on .400 hitting. The number marks the most kills for a Wildcat in a postseason match. The junior from Budapest, Hungary, also added a season-high eight digs in the effort.

 

Nataly Korobkova added 16 kills and a career-high 14 blocks. The performance marks her seventh career double-double with K-State. Kelsey Chipman also had a double-double night with 14 kills on .387 hitting and 10 blocks. The match becomes Chipman’s fourth with double-digit blocks, which moves her into second in school history for 10-block matches. Megan Farr notched her first double-double of her three-year K-State career, as the Manhattan, Kan., native converted for 10 kills and a career-high 11 blocks.

 

Senior Angie Lastra and Stacey Spiegelberg close out their record-setting careers with the Wildcats. Lastra had 20 digs on the night to push her to 575 on the year, marking the most in a single season in school history. Laura Downey held the previous mark of 558 from the 2002 season. The product of Carolina, Puerto Rico, also finishes with 457 career games played, the most for a K-State individual. Spiegelberg finished with a double-double after tallying 67 assists and 11 digs. She recorded 1,590 assists this season to sit as the third most in a year in KSU history.

 

“This has been a great experience,” Lastra said. “It is the best decision of my life thus far and I don’t regret it. I have met a lot of great people. This was a great opportunity for me to grow and I am glad I came here.”

 

K-State finishes the 23-9 season with the third most wins since 1995 and the second most in the Suzie Fritz era. For complete coverage of Kansas State volleyball, please visit www.kstatesports.com.