K-State Rallies for Four-Set Win at Oklahoma

GAME RECAP

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RV
K-STATE
WILDCATS
15-5 (4-3 Big 12)

NR
OKLAHOMA
SOONERS
12-8 (3-4 Big 12)

LEADERS:
Brooke Sassin: 17 kills, .216%, 10 digs
Katie Brand: 52 assists, 10 digs, 6 blocks, 5 kills, 4 aces
Ayssa Schultejans: 15 kills, .275%, 2 aces

LEADERS:
Marion Hazelwood: 16 kills, .500%, 6 blocks
Madison Drescher: 15 kills, .273%
Audrey Alford: 52 assists, 10 digs

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5
K-State 13 25 25 28 --
Oklahoma 25 19 21 26 --

NORMAN, Okla. – The Kansas State volleyball team fought off four set points in the fourth set and rebounded from an opening-set loss to seal a 13-25, 25-19, 25-21, 28-26 win over Oklahoma Saturday night at McCasland Field House.

The match looked to be headed to a fifth set as K-State (15-5, 4-3 Big 12) trailed Oklahoma (12-8, 3-4) 24-22 in the fourth, but the Wildcats responded by taking six of the final eight points, including a 3-0 run to end the match when trailing 26-25. The Cats trailed by as many as six points at 18-12 and junior opposite Bryna Vogel tallied five of her 10 kills in the final set.

“No one panicked,” said senior setter Katie Brand. “We just kept fighting. We knew what we needed to do and just took each point as it came. We got contributions from everyone. Zsofia Gyimes came in and played awesome, maybe her best game of the season. Alyssa Schultejans came up big for us again, too.”

Schultejans, a sophomore outside hitter, set a new season high in kills for the second straight match with 15 against the Sooners while Gyimes, a sophomore middle blocker, recorded a season-best seven kills on 12 swings (.583) and added four blocks.

K-State posted season lows in both points scored (13) and hitting percentage (-.053) in the opening set, finishing with 11 attacking errors compared to just nine kills as a team. The Wildcats fell behind early after Oklahoma was able to rattle off eight consecutive points to take an 11-3 lead. OU hit .323 (14k-4e-31ta) as a team in the frame

“We played about as poorly as we have all season in that first set,” added Brand, who finished with 52 assists and 10 digs. “But we are a veteran team and we’ve been in these situations before. Whether you lose a set by two or by 10, it ultimately doesn’t matter. We made the adjustments we needed and just kept working.”

The Wildcats bounced back in the second set by hitting .556 (17k-2e-27ta), led by senior outside hitter Brooke Sassin with seven kills on nine swings with only one error (.667) in the set. Schultejans added half a dozen kills with no errors on nine attempts (.667).

K-State was efficient again in the third set, hitting .436 (21k-4e-39ta) while Sassin and Schultejans again added seven and six kills, respectively. Schultejans ended the third game by scoring four consecutive points for the Cats – two kills and two service aces – giving K-State the 25-21 win.

Sassin finished the night with a match-high 17 kills to go with 10 digs for her third double-double of the season. Brand (52 assists, 10 digs) collected her conference-leading 11th double-double of the season.

Senior libero Kersten Kober registered a match-best 15 digs, the 17th time this season reaching at least 10 digs.

Kansas State finished the match hitting .262 while Oklahoma hit .265. K-State out-blocked OU, 11.0-9.0.

After two consecutive road matches, Kansas State will return to Ahearn Field House on Saturday, October 22 as it hosts West Virginia. First serve is slated for 6 p.m., and will be broadcast world-wide on K-StateHD.TV. Fans can listen to the match on local radio at 1350 KMAN and at k-statesports.com.

NOTES

·         K-State has won five of the last six matches against Oklahoma, including three straight.

·         K-State has won back-to-back matches at Oklahoma for the first time since 2004-05.

·         OU now leads the all-time series, 53-31-1.

·         Head coach Suzie Fritz is now 18-13 all-time vs. OU.

·         Schultejans’ 15 kills set a new season and conference career high. It is the third time this season and 15th time in her career that she has reached 10 or more kills in a match.

·         This was the ninth match this season in which K-State has reached double digit blocks (8-1 in those matches).

·         The .556 attacking percentage in the second set was the fourth-best the Cats have posted in a single set this season.

·         K-State’s 21 kills in the third set were the second-most in a set this season.

·         Brand reached 50+ assists for the eighth time this year.

·         This marked the fifth time this season that Wildcat teammates have recorded a double-double in the same match.