Cats Sweep Arkansas for Eighth Straight Win


GAME RECAP

3

0

25
K-STATE
WILDCATS
10-2 (0-0 Big 12)

NR
ARKANSAS
RAZORBACKS
1-9 (0-0 SEC)

LEADERS:
Bryna Vogel: 10 kills, .333%, 8 digs
Katie Brand: 35 assists, 11 digs, 4 blocks
Katie Reininger: 8 kills, .375%, 8 blocks

LEADERS:
Danielle Harbin: 13 kills, .312% 6 digs
Rachel Rippee: 31 assists, 4 digs, 2 blocks
Okiana Valle: 13 digs

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5
K-State 25 25 25 -- --
Arkansas 21 17 13 -- --

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The 25th-ranked Kansas State volleyball team never trailed at any point during its eighth consecutive victory Friday night, a sweep (25-21, 25-17, 25-13) of Arkansas at the Arkansas Invitational held at Barnhill Arena.

“We defended exceptionally well tonight,” said redshirt senior Katie Brand. “We stayed on task and were disciplined defensively. That was a huge difference in the match tonight.

“Everyone seemed to contribute,” added Brand, who recorded her team-leading fifth double-double (35 assists, 11 digs). “When we are this balanced on both sides of the net, we are tough to stop.”

The K-State (10-2) defense recorded 12 blocks on the night, a season-high for a three-set match, as seven different players got onto the scoresheet. That disciplined defense held Arkansas (1-9) to a .109 efficiency in the match, including .079 in the final set.

The Wildcats shot out to an early 8-3 lead in the opening game before the Razorbacks were able to battle back and knot up the score at 20, fueled by an 8-1 run. The Wildcats closed out the set by scoring five of the final six points, earning a 25-21 result. Junior right-side hitter Bryna Vogel recorded four kills in the set while the Cats tallied five team blocks. Vogel finished with a team-high 10 kills on 24 swings (.333).

Two separate 5-0 spurts propelled the Cats to a second-set 25-17 win. Katie Reininger tallied five kills and three blocks in the set. After posting a new season high in kills (13) in Friday’s early match, the senior middle blocker followed up that effort with a season-high eight blocks Friday night.

The third set held more of the same, as K-State hit a match-high .351 and committed only two attacking errors. Senior hitter Brooke Sassin recorded six kills in the final set as her, Reininger and Kylee Zumach all finished the night with eight kills.

Senior libero Kersten Kober dug 11 balls, her 10th match this season recording double-figures.

K-State concludes the Arkansas Invitational Saturday when it takes on Southern Mississippi at 10 a.m., at Barnhill Arena. Both the Wildcats and Golden Eagles are 2-0 in the four-team tournament. It will be the final non-conference match for Kansas State before commencing Big 12 play on Wednesday against Iowa State. Saturday’s match can be heard on K-StateSports.com.

NOTES

·         Kansas State is now 8-2 all-time against Arkansas.

·         This marked the fourth straight season in which the Wildcats and Razorback have played (K-State, 3-1).

·         Head coach Suzie Fritz is now 40-22 against teams from the SEC. It is the most victories in her career against one conference outside of the Big 12.

·         No. 25 K-State is the fourth ranked team that Arkansas has already faced during the 2016 season (0-4).

·         K-State reached double-figure blocks for the sixth time in 12 matches this season (6-0).

·         Arkansas head coach Jason Watson is a former Kansas State assistant coach (2000-01).

·         Vogel lead the team in kills for the second time in the past three matches.