Horned Frogs Beat Wildcats in Straight Sets Saturday


GAME RECAP

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K-STATE
WILDCATS
17-8 (6-6 Big 12)

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TCU
HORNED FROGS
11-11 (4-8 Big 12)

LEADERS:
Brooke Sassin: 153 kills, .333%, 9 digs
Katie Brand: 30 assists, 8 digs
Kersten Kober: 13 digs

LEADERS:
Ashleigh Martin: 13 kills, .357%, 4 blocks
Jillian Bergeson: 19 digs
Natalie Gower: 7 kills, .500%, 8 blocks

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5
K-State 20 12 22 -- --
TCU 25 25 25 -- --

FORT WORTH, Texas – The Kansas State volleyball team dropped its second consecutive conference road match, and second straight overall, at TCU Saturday night in straight sets (20-25, 12-25, 22-25). Senior outside hitter Brooke Sassin led K-State with 13 kills as the two sides split the season series for the second year in a row.

After holding its last two opponents below a .200 hitting percentage, K-State (17-8, 6-6 Big 12) allowed TCU (11-11, 4-8) to hit .311 (41k-9e-104ta) while only hitting .137 (35k-19e-117ta), its second-lowest output of the year. TCU had just five total errors through the first two sets and finished the night with nine, the fewest for any Kansas State opponent this season.

“They served more aggressively than we did,” said Sassin after the match. “That got us in some tough situations. They set their pins more than we expected and we struggled blocking the right stuff.”

After leading throughout in the opening set, TCU rattled off nine consecutive points as part of a 13-1 run midway through the second. K-State managed just 12 points in the second game, its lowest output in any set this season. K-State committed more errors (9) than kills (8) for a -.030 attacking percentage as the Horned Frogs out-blocked K-State, 6.0-2.0 in the set.

Behind Sassin, the Cats were able to gather some momentum in the final frame as they tied the set at 19 and were within a point at 23-22. TCU finished off the final two points and broke a seven-match losing streak. Sassin recorded eight of her team-high 13 kills in the set as the Wildcats outhit TCU, .273-.217.

“We started to come back at the end,” Sassin added. “But it was too late in the match to gain any real momentum.”

Sassin finished hitting .333 as she only had just two errors on 33 total attacks and finished with nine digs, one shy of a second straight double-double.

Senior setter Katie Brand handed out 30 assists and picked up eight digs, snapping a streak of five matches with an assist-dig double-double.

Junior opposite Bryna Vogel finished with seven kills and seven digs and a team-high five blocks while senior libero Kersten Kober was the only Wildcat to record double-figure digs with 13.

Kansas State travels to Morgantown, West Virginia, for its second straight conference road match Wednesday to take on the Mountaineers (12-13, 3-8). The Cats claimed the first meeting at Ahearn Field House in five sets on Oct. 22. Fans can listen to Rob Voelker call the match on local radio on 1350 KMAN and at k-statesports.com.

NOTES

·         K-State is now 7-3 all-time vs. TCU and 2-3 on the road.

·         K-State is now 5-4 in three-set matches this season and is now 9-2 in Saturday matches.

·         Sassin now has 984 career kills, 16 shy of becoming the sixth Wildcat in the rally-scoring era (since 2001) with 1,000 career kills.

·         The second set marked just the second time this season that the Cats posted a negative attacking percentage in a single set.

·         Kersten Kober leads all Wildcats with 22 double-figure dig matches.

·         TCU’s .311 attacking efficiency equaled the third-highest by a K-State opponent this season.

·         Vogel broke a career-long string of four straight matches with a double-double (7 kills, 7 digs).

·         The two-match losing streak equals K-State’s season long (two other times).