Oct. 16, 2002
Lawrence, Kan. -
Junior outside hitter Cari Jensen posted a season-best 17 kills on a career-high .389 hitting percentage, as Kansas State ran its winning streak over archrival Kansas to 15 matches with a 30-27, 30-25, 30-22 victory on Wednesday night before a near capacity crowd of 1,300 fans at Horejsi Family Athletic Center.
"I really expected it to be a very emotional match and it was," said Wildcat head coach Suzie Fritz. "I also expected it to be a back-and-forth battle with many sideouts and it was. I expected it to be a very tough match and it was. This is a big win for us because Kansas really came into this match on fire and we were able to play our game and pull out a big win on the road."
With the win, Kansas State ran its winning streak to a season-best four matches and improved to 10-6 on the season and 6-2 in Big 12 Conference play. Kansas, which dropped its first home match of the season, dropped to 14-3 overall and 5-3 in league play. The Wildcats have now won 16 of the last 17 matches against the Jayhawks, including 15 straight dating back to 1995. K-State also improved to 4-0 all-time at the Horejsi Family Athletic Center.
Kansas State outperformed Kansas across the board, posted more kills (55-48), digs (63-57) and service aces (4-1) and turned in a higher hitting percentage (.297-.170). The Wildcats have now held 10 of their 16 opponents to a hitting percentage below .200.
Jensen paced three Wildcats in double-digit kills with her season-best 17 kills, while junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring collected 13 kills on a .462 hitting percentage despite having the flu and sitting out of practice the last two days. Sophomore middle blocker Lisa Martin added 12 kills on .500 hitting with a team-tying six blocks. Junior libero Laura Downey-Wallace scored double-digit digs for the 15th time in 16 matches with a match-high 18 digs.
Junior outside hitter Sarah Rome turned in a near double-double with 11 kills and nine digs to pace the Kansas attack, while junior middle blocker Abbie Jacobson added 10 kills and nine digs. Senior defensive specialist Jennifer Kraft had a team-high 14 digs.
The two teams battled like archrivals in the opening game, as the two teams battled through 17 lead changes and 16 ties before Kansas State took a two-point lead at 28-26 on a kill and a Kansas error. The Jayhawks closed to with 28-27 on a kill, but the Wildcats closed out the tight game one with back-to-back kills for a 30-27 win. Cari Jensen and Goehring paced a Wildcat offense that posted a .378 hitting percentage, as the two combined for 13 kills with zero hitting errors on 20 total attacks.
The battle continued in the second game with Kansas taking the early lead before Kansas State tied it at 5-all. The two teams battled through seven more ties before the Wildcats took a 15-12 on two kills and a Jayhawk hitting error. However, Kansas rallied to tie it at 16-all before the Wildcats scored four straight points on three kills and a Jayhawk hitting error to take the largest lead by either team at 20-16. Kansas stayed within one point on a number of occasions before Kansas State connected on four consecutive points to take a 28-23 advantage en route to a 30-25 win. Martin paced a balanced attack with five kills, while Goehring and Jensen each tapped in four kills. The Wildcats hit just .267 in the game two win, but held the Jayhawks to a paltry .102 hitting percentage.
Much like the previous two games, the two teams battled back and forth between 11 ties before Kansas State broke a 12-all with two kills and a Kansas hitting error. After a Jayhawk timeout, Guerre served two consecutive aces to increase the lead to 17-12. The two teams exchanged points before Kansas closed to within 24-21. However, the Wildcats closed the match by winning six of the last seven points for the sweep and a 30-22 win. Jensen posted a team-high six kills in the win.
Kansas State returns to Big 12 Conference play on Saturday, Oct. 19, as the Wildcats host rival Texas A&M (12-5, 4-4 Big 12) at Ahearn Field House beginning at 7 p.m. The Wildcats trail the all-time series, 7-6, but have won all six meetings in Manhattan.