Sept. 25, 2002
West Des Moines, Iowa -
The Kansas State women's volleyball team used a balanced attack with three Wildcats in double-digit kills to extended its winning streak over Iowa State to 13 matches in a 30-25, 30-24, 31-29 win on Wednesday evening before 227 fans at Valley High School.
"I think there were a lot of positives in this match," said Wildcat head coach Suzie Fritz. "We served extremely aggressive and spread the ball around to a variety of people, but I was disappointed in our passing. I say again that it's always big to win on the road in the Big 12 Conference and this is no exception."
With the win, Kansas State pushed its record to 6-5 on the season and 2-1 in Big 12 Conference play, while Iowa State dropped its third match in a row to fall to 9-5 overall and 0-3 in league play. The Wildcats tallied 51 kills on .240 hitting with seven service aces, 47 digs and nine blocks compared to the Cyclones' 41 kills on .177 hitting with four aces, 43 digs and 11 blocks. K-State, who has won all six matches in three games this season, has now held seven opponents below a .200 hitting percentage this season.
Senior co-captain Jennifer Pollard led a balanced Kansas State attack with her team-tying fifth double-double, as she posted 13 kills on .333 hitting with 11 digs. Junior outside hitter Cari Jensen and junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring each added 12 kills on better than .300 hitting percentages, while sophomore middle blocker Lisa Martin totaled eight kills and five blocks. Junior co-captain Laura Downey-Wallace collected double-digit digs for the 10th time in 11 matches with a match-high 13 digs, while redshirt freshman Katie Stanzel had a career-high five blocks to go with four kills.
Sophomore outside hitter Brittany Dalager and freshman setter Amanda Craig each posted nine kills and nine digs to pace a balance Iowa State attack, while senior middle blocker Mandi Harms added nine kills on .353 hitting and a match-high six blocks.
The two teams battled early in game one until Kansas State used a 3-0 run to break up a tight 12-11 contest. The Wildcats built their advantage to as many as six points before the Cyclones closed to within 27-24 after a block. However, K-State scored three of the last four points, including a Martin kill on the team's first game point for a 30-25 win. Martin and Goehring paced a balanced attack with five kills each, while Stanzel had a team-high three blocks.
Kansas State jumped out to a 6-2 lead in game two after back-to-back aces by Guerre. The Wildcats pushed the lead to as many as seven on three occasions before Iowa State rallied to within 20-18 on four straight points. With the emotional on the side of hometown Cyclones, K-State rattled off eight of the next 12 points, including a pair of 3-0 runs, to take a 28-22 advantage. Martin ended it for the second straight game, as the Wildcats won on its second game point for a 30-24 win. Goehring posted a match-best five kills on .571 hitting and two blocks, while Cari Jensen tallied four kills on .500 hitting.
In the pivotal game three, it was Iowa State that jumped out to the early advantage, taking a three-point lead at 6-3. However, Kansas State rallied to tie it at 6-all on a pair of Goehring aces then took its first lead at 8-7 on a block. The Cyclones again tied it at 9-all and closed to within one at 14-13, but the Wildcats used a key 6-1 run to push the lead to six points at 20-14. The never-say-die Cyclones slowly chipped away at deficit, tying the game on two occasions before taking the lead, 25-24, on an ace. ISU pushed its lead to 27-24, and had a game-point at 29-28, however, K-State rallied to score the final three points, the last on a Cyclone hitting error to pull out a 31-29 win. Pollard led the Wildcat attack with six kills on .417 hitting to go with five digs.
Kansas State begins a two-match homestand on Saturday, as the Wildcats play host to Texas (9-3, 1-2 Big 12) at Ahearn Field House beginning at 7 p.m.