Sept. 21, 2002
Waco, Texas -
The Kansas State women's volleyball team broke a four-match losing streak and picked up its first Big 12 Conference win of the season, as the Wildcats used stellar serving and blocking to post a 30-17, 30-22, 30-23 win over Baylor on Saturday afternoon before 637 fans at the Ferrell Center.
"I really liked the way we played today," said Wildcat head coach Suzie Fritz. "We still have areas to improve upon, but we did some things today that forced Baylor to make some mistakes. It is really hard to win in the Big 12 Conference and to come on the road and sweep a team like Baylor is a tremendous accomplishment."
With the win, Kansas State evens its record to 5-5 on the season and 1-1 in Big 12 Conference play, while Baylor dropped its second in a row to fall to 6-5 overall and 0-2 in league play. The Wildcats tallied 44 kills on a .301 hitting percentage with a season-tying 10 service aces and a season-best 13.5 total blocks. The Bears were held to a paltry .104 hitting percentage in the match to go with four service aces, four service errors and just four blocks.
Junior outside hitter Cari Jensen paced a balanced Kansas State attack, as she tallied 12 on .333 hitting to go with a career-best four service aces. Junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring turned in an all-around impressive performance with nine kills, three aces, eight digs and three blocks. Sophomore setter Gabby Guerre totaled six kills on a team-best .667 hitting percentage, while sophomore middle blocker Lisa Martin tallied a career-best eight blocks to go with five kills.
Junior outside hitter Stevie Nicholas led the Baylor attack with a match-high 17 kills, while adding a team-best nine digs, two service aces and three blocks. Junior middle blocker Tisha Schwartz added 12 kills.
The two teams battled through eight ties before Kansas State ran off five straight points on the serve of Goehring for a 14-9 lead. Baylor would get a kill from Stevie Nicholas on the next play to close within one, but that would be the closest it would get, as the Wildcats closed the first game with three kills and a block for a 30-17 win. K-State hit a blistering .419 on a balanced attack with five players earning three kills, while the defense recorded a season-best seven blocks and held Baylor to a .000 hitting percentage.
Kansas State jumped out to an early 6-3 lead in game two before Baylor rallied to tie the game at 9-all. The two teams then battled through 11 ties and six lead changes before the Wildcats rattled off a 7-0 run, including six off the serve of Goehring, to take a commanding 26-20 lead. The Bears could get no closer than five points, as the Wildcats scored four of the last six points for a 30-22 win. Cari Jensen paced the attack with five kills on no hitting errors, while Martin added four blocks.
In game three, Kansas State used an early 4-0 run on the serve of Guerre to open up a tight 5-4 en route to taking a 13-5 advantage. After Baylor closed to within 13-9, the Wildcats opened the gap once again, scoring five of the next seven points for an 18-11 lead. The Bears again closed to within four points at 19-15, however, the Wildcats got a 5-0 run on the serve of Guerre and 4-0 run on the serve of Cari Jensen to take a commanding 28-16 lead. Baylor fought off five match points before falling 30-23.
Kansas State returns to the court on Wednesday, as the Wildcats travel to Des Moines, Iowa to play Iowa State at Valley High School beginning at 7 p.m.