No. 25 K-State Wins Home Opener Over Wichita State, 3-0
Sept. 3, 2002
Manhattan, Kan. - The 25th-ranked Kansas State women's volleyball team tied a season-high with 10 service aces on the night, as the Wildcats won their 10th straight home opener in a 30-20, 30-14, 30-21 victory over in-state rival Wichita State on Tuesday evening before 645 fans at Ahearn Field House.
With the win, Kansas State ran its winning streak to three matches and improved its season record to 3-1, while Wichita State dropped its second straight three-game match to fall to 3-2 on the season. The Wildcats now hold a 24-3 record in home openers dating back to 1977, including their current 10-match winning streak that dates back to 1993. The Shockers have now dropped six of the last seven meetings with the Wildcats, including five in a row since 1994.
"I really like how hard this team works," said Wildcat head coach Suzie Fritz. "They are not going to let a team get on a roll offensively and do some damage in a match. They really just work hard every day to get better in practice. This is a good win for us; to get the home opener is always a plus. We now need to get back to work and get ready for Arkansas State on Sunday."
Kansas State posted 34 kills on a .236 hitting percentage with a season-tying 10 aces and six blocks. WSU was held to a paltry .028 hitting percentage with 31 kills and 28 errors. The Shockers also committed 11 service errors to go with 10 reception errors.
Senior outside hitter Jennifer Pollard paced the team with seven kills on .438 hitting and four digs, while junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring and junior outside hitter Cari Jensen each chipped in six kills. Sophomore setter Gabby Guerre tallied another all-around performance with five kills on a .500 hitting percentage with 28 assists, seven digs and three blocks. Redshirt freshman outside hitter Katie Stanzel and sophomore outside hitter Michaela Franklin each collected a season-best three service aces.
Sophomore outside hitter Jackie Brown turned in a match-high eight kills and 11 digs to pace Wichita State, while sophomore middle blocker Kiley Randolph tallied seven kills and three blocks.
Kansas State concludes its brief two-match homestand on Sunday when the Wildcats play host to Arkansas State at Ahearn Field House beginning at 12 p.m.