Sept. 28, 2002
Manhattan, Kan. -
The Kansas State women's volleyball team saw its six-match winning streak against Texas end on Saturday evening, as the Wildcats posted a near season-worst .104 hitting percentage in a 30-27, 30-26, 30-16 loss to the Longhorns before 1,014 fans at Ahearn Field House.
"I want to apologize to our fans," said Wildcat head coach Suzie Fritz. "We played poor in nearly every aspect of the game tonight. That's not to take away from Texas. They played a fine match. However, I was disappointed in our level of intensity. There was opportunity after opportunity that we didn't take advantage of in this match. I have no explanation for why we played so flat."
With the win, Texas improved to 10-3 on the seasn and 2-2 in Big 12 Conference play, while Kansas State dropped to 6-6 overall and 2-2 in league play. The loss not only snapped the Wildcats' six-match winning streak over the Longhorns, but also was the first to someone other than Nebraska at home since Colorado posted a 3-2 win on November 3, 1999. It was also the first time the team had been swept at home to someone other than Nebraska since Texas did it on October 25, 1997.
Kansas State tallied 38 kills on a .104 hitting percentage -- the lowest since the team posted a .103 hitting percentage against Colorado State in the opener on August 30 -- to go with five aces, 37 digs and five blocks. Texas collected 53 kills on a .301 hitting percentage -- the highest allowed by an opponent this season -- to go with four aces, 49 digs and six blocks.
Senior co-captain Jennifer Pollard and junior outside hitter Cari Jensen each chipped 11 kills on the evening, while junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring turned in seven kills and a team-high two aces. Sophomore setter Gabby Guerre totaled a near double-double with 32 assists and nine digs and junior libero Laura Downey-Wallace added a team-high 11 digs.
Sophomore outside hitter Mira Topic registered a match-high 15 kills on an impressive .462 hitting percentage to pace a balanced Texas attack, while sophomore outside hitter LaTonya Coates added a double-double with 13 kills on .417 hitting and 13 digs.
Kansas State concludes its two-match homestand on Wednesday, as the Wildcats play host to Texas Tech at Ahearn Field House beginning at 7 p.m.