No. 24 K-State Drops Match to South Florida, 3-1
Sept. 13, 2002
Tampa, Fla. - The 24th-ranked Kansas State women's volleyball team saw its four-match winning streak come to an end on Friday evening, as the Wildcats committed a season-worst 17 service errors in a 30-24, 25-30, 24-30, 28-30 loss to South Florida in the first round of the USF Adidas Invitational before 306 fans at The Corral.
With the win, South Florida ran its winning streak to six matches and improved its season record to 6-2, while Kansas State fell to 4-2 on the season and dropped its first match since the season opener against Colorado State. The Wildcats posted 62 kills on .252 hitting with four aces, 17 service errors and 58 digs, while the Bulls turned in 70 kills on .242 hitting with three aces, 11 service errors and 65 digs. USF outblocked K-State, 7.0-5.5.
Junior outside hitter Cari Jensen led five Wildcats with double-digit kills with a season-best 16 kills on .364 hitting. Senior co-captain Jennifer Pollard added 12 kills, while sophomore middle blocker Lisa Martin collected a career-best 11 kills on .526 hitting. Junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring and sophomore outside hitter Michaela Franklin each added 10 kills, while sophomore setter Gabby Guerre posted her second double-double of the season with 50 assists and 10 digs.
Senior outside hitter Michelle Collier registered match-highs with 28 kills and 18 digs to pace South Florida, while senior outside hitter Jolene Patton added 17 kills and 15 digs. Senior setter Alessandra Domingos turned in 60 assists and 10 digs.
Kansas State used an early 6-0 run to take control of the opening set, 9-1. South Florida slowly chipped away at the lead, closing to within 17-16. However, the Wildcats gradually extended the lead back out to 24-19 before scoring six of the last nine points for a 30-24 victory. K-State hit a blistering .432 in game one with four Wildcats recording three or more kills. Cari Jensen paced the attack with five kills on .714 hitting, while Kris Jensen added a team-best four digs.
In game two, the two teams battled through 11 ties and numerous lead changes before Kansas State took a 14-11 lead. However, South Florida again tied the game before taking the lead for good at 21-20. With the lead, the Bulls rose to the occasion, scoring seven of the next nine points in an eventual 30-25 victory. Cari Jensen again led the attack with six kills.
With the momentum clearing on the side of the hometown Bulls, South Florida used several small runs to take a 17-10 advantage. After Kansas State closed to within 20-17, the Bulls rattled off six of the next seven points for a 26-18 lead. The Wildcats could get no closer than five points in the eventual 30-24 USF victory. K-State hit a paltry .132 in the game with Franklin pacing the attack with three kills. Downey-Wallace turned in seven digs.
In the pivotal game four, South Florida used an early 6-2 run and held off several Kansas State rallies to take a comfortable lead. However, the Wildcats got a late 5-0 run to tie the game at 24-all. The two teams then battled through four ties, the last at 28-all, before K-State's 17th and final service error and Collier's 28th kill gave the Bulls a 30-28 win. The Wildcats outhit USF, .235 to .184 in the final game, but had five service errors to the Bulls' one. Martin paced the team with five kills on .556 hitting.
Kansas State continues play at the USF Adidas Invitational on Saturday, as the Wildcats battle 19th-ranked Michigan State at 12 p.m. CDT followed by Georgia Tech at 4 p.m. CDT.