Oct. 12, 2002
Manhattan, Kan. -
Junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring and junior outside hitter Cari Jensen paced a balanced Kansas State attack with 13 kills each, as the Wildcats earned their third straight win with a 30-23, 30-24, 17-30, 30-23 win over Colorado on Saturday night before 1,124 fans at Ahearn Field House.
"We played very solid volleyball tonight," said Wildcat head coach Suzie Fritz. "It was a critical win for us against a very talented Colorado team. I was really impressed with the way Gabby (Guerre) spread the ball around. We had six players with five or more kills on the night. We also served tough and did a nice job at the net. It's a big win going into the match with Kansas."
With the win, Kansas State improved to 9-6 on the season and 5-2 in Big 12 Conference play, while Colorado dropped to 9-8 overall and 3-4 in league play. The Wildcats have now won three in a row over the Buffaloes in Manhattan, but still trail the all-time series, 21-11. The two teams had split the last 12 meetings going into the match, including all 10 in Big 12 action.
Colorado tallied more kills (69-58), digs (84-73) and assists (64-48), but Kansas State posted a higher hitting percentage (.238 - .206) and turned twice as many blocks (10-5). The Buffaloes also committed 11 service errors.
Goehring added five digs and five blocks to go with her 13 kills, including a career-best three block solos. Sophomore setter Gabby Guerre missed her first career triple-double by two digs, as she collected 10 kills on .421 hitting with 41 assists, eight digs and three blocks. Guerre has posted five or more kills in 10 matches this season, including 10 or more on three occasions. Sophomore middle blocker Lisa Martin had nine kills on no attack errors for a .375 hitting percentage, while redshirt freshman outside hitter Katie Stanzel turned in a career-high seven kills on .353 hitting with three digs and three blocks.
Junior libero Laura Downey-Wallace posted the second-most digs in a four-game match in school history with a near career-high 31 on the night. Downey-Wallace has now tallied double-digit digs in 14 of the 15 matches, including 20 or more on six occasions.
Junior outside hitter Monique Gerlach was one of four Buffaloes in double-digit kills, as she tallied 17 on .500 hitting, while senior middle blocker Meghan Barkman added 12 kills. Senior setter Elizabeth Gower and sophomore outside hitter Nicole Carr each collected double-doubles, as Gower missed a triple-double by one kill with nine kills, 22 assists and 11 digs.
Kansas State returns to Big 12 Conference play on Wednesday, Oct. 16, as the Wildcats travel to Lawrence, Kan., to take on archrival Kansas (14-2, 5-2 Big 12) at the Horejsi Family Athletic Center beginning at 7 p.m.