No. 25 K-State Cruises Past Arkansas State, 3-0
Sept. 8, 2002
Manhattan, Kan. - Junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring tallied a season-best 17 kills on .652 hitting to pace the 25th-ranked Kansas State women's volleyball team to a 30-15, 30-21, 30-23 victory over Arkansas State in a non-conference affair played Sunday afternoon at Ahearn Field House.
With the win, Kansas State (4-1) extended its match winning streak to four and its game streak to 12, while Arkansas State (3-3) dropped in third in a row after starting the season with three consecutive wins. The Wildcats now have 34 consecutive wins at home over non-conference foes dating back to 1994. K-State also inched within two wins of the program's 200th home victory.
On the strength of Goehring's near career-best .652 hitting percentage, Kansas State set a season-high with a .319 team hitting percentage to go with five service aces, 61 digs and seven blocks. The Wildcats held its second straight opponent under a .100 hitting percentage, as Arkansas State posted just 31 kills on a .074 hitting percentage. K-State's last four opponents are hitting a paltry .097 against the Wildcats, while the team has allowed all opponents to hit just .117 on the season.
Goehring led three Wildcats with double-digit kills on the day, as her 17 kills on .652 hitting ranked second only to her career-high 19 kills against Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament last season. Goehring's .652 hitting percentage was her highest since tallying a .857 percentage against Air Force on September 9, 2000 at the Wildcat Classic. She also chipped in a career-high five blocks.
Junior outside hitter Cari Jensen and sophomore outside hitter Michaela Franklin each tallied 10 kills to pace the Wildcat attack, while senior outside hitter Jennifer Pollard and junior libero Laura Downey-Wallace added 17 and 16 digs, respectively.
Junior middle hitter Miranda Griffin and sophomore outside hitter Caitlyn Mitchell and Tessa Millikan all had seven kills to lead Arkansas State, while Millikan and Mitchell added 12 and 10 digs, respectively. Sophomore middle hitter Heather Malaschak turned in a team-best four blocks to go with five kills and two service aces.
Kansas State rolled to a 30-15 win in game one on the arms of Goehring and Cari Jensen, who collected eight of the team's 15 kills with no hitting errors. The team posted a .500 hitting percentage in the opening set compared to ASU's .027 percentage.
In the second game, Arkansas State closed to within one of three occasions and was within three at 22-19 before Kansas State scored six straight points in an eventual 30-21 win. Goehring and Franklin each registered five kills, while Pollard had seven digs.
In the pivotal game three, Kansas State jumped out to lead of 10-3 and 20-10 before Arkansas State scored nine of the next 10 points to close within 21-19. However, the Wildcats put it out of reach with a 7-2 run in the 30-23 victory. Goehring had eight kills on .636 hitting in game three, while Downey-Wallace recorded a team-high nine digs.
Kansas State returns to action this weekend with its toughest test of the season, as the Wildcats travel to the South Florida Adidas Invitational in Tampa, Fla., to face three teams - South Florida, No. 12 Michigan State and Georgia Tech - that are either ranked or receiving votes in the latest AVCA poll. The Wildcats begin the tournament on Friday, September 13 with a match against the host South Florida beginning at 7 p.m. CST.