Oct. 9, 2002
Norman, Okla. -
The Kansas State women's volleyball team posted a season-best .331 hitting percentage, as the Wildcats moved to 3-0 on the road in Big 12 Conference play with a 30-20, 30-20, 30-19 win over Oklahoma in a match played Wednesday evening at McCasland Field House.
With the win, Kansas State improved to 8-6 on the season and 4-2 in Big 12 Conference play, while Oklahoma dropped to 4-10 overall and 2-5 in league action. The Wildcats have now won 10 of the last 13 matches against the Sooners, including seven in a row dating back to 1999.
Kansas State set season-highs for hitting percentage in a game in games one and three, as the Wildcats tallied 49 kills on just 10 hitting errors for a season-best .331 hitting percentage. The team also added seven aces and nine blocks in win. The Wildcats held its ninth opponent to hitting percentage below .200, as Oklahoma hit just .167 for the match.
Junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring paced a balanced Kansas State attack with 11 kills on just one hitting error for a .467 hitting percentage. Junior outside hitter Cari Jensen registered 10 kills and a match-high three aces, while senior co-captain Jennifer Pollard and sophomore setter Gabby Guerre added nine kills each.
Senior outside hitter Megan O'Connell posted a match-high 14 kills on .367 hitting to go with nine digs, while junior outside hitter Christina Barlow and sophomore middle blocker Candice Woods added nine kills each.
The two teams battled back and forth in the opening game with the teams battling through six ties and five lead changes before Kansas State rattled off four straight points on the serve of Pollard for a 14-10 lead. Oklahoma would score back-to-back kills to close within two points, however, K-State would maintain the lead on the strength of a 9-4 run to take a 23-16 advantage. The Wildcats closed out the game with a 7-3 run en route to a 30-20 win. K-State used a season-best .370 hitting percentage in game one, as Goehring and Cari Jensen paced a balanced attack with five kills.
In the second game, Kansas State broke a 3-all contest with back-to-back kills and a service ace to take a slight 6-3 lead. Oklahoma closed to within one point on three straight points, but K-State responded with a mini 4-0 run, highlighted by Cari Jensen's back-to-back aces, to take a 12-7 advantage. After the Sooners closed to within 18-14 on three straight points, the Wildcats responded to their first timeout with a 5-0 run en route to a 23-14 lead. K-State pushed the advantage to as many as 10 points in the eventual 30-20 win. The Wildcats posted four aces and seven blocks in game, while Pollard and Cari Jensen each totaled three kills to lead the attack.
In the pivotal game three, Kansas State jumped out to a 4-0 before Oklahoma rallied to tie it on four occasions, the last being 10-all. However, the Wildcats never relinquished the lead en route to a 30-19 win. K-State eclipsed its season-best in a game for the second time during the evening, as the team posted a .382 percentage.
Kansas State returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 12, as the Wildcats play host to Colorado (9-7, 3-3 Big 12) at Ahearn Field House beginning at 7 p.m. The Buffaloes own a 21-10 advantage in the all-time series, but the two teams have split the last 12 meetings, including all 10 in Big 12 play.