Oct. 19, 2002
Manhattan, Kan. -
The Kansas State women's volleyball team ran its winning streak to a season-high five matches, as the Wildcats posted a 30-21, 30-21, 32-30 win over Texas A&M on Saturday before 774 fans at Ahearn Field House.
With the win, Kansas State improved to 11-6 on the season and 7-2 in Big 12 Conference play, while Texas A&M dropped to 12-6 overall and 4-5 in league play. The Wildcats have now won all seven meetings against the Aggies in Manhattan, however they have lost all six match-ups in College Station, Texas. The series, which dates back to 1981, is now tied at 7-7. The three-game sweep was just the fifth in the series history and the first by either team since Texas A&M swept a match in College Station in 2000.
Despite losing the match in three games, Texas A&M dominated the statistics across the board, posting more kills (48-42), assists (41-34), digs (64-54) than Kansas State. However, the Aggies posted a season-low .087 hitting percentage with more than twice as many hitting errors (35-13) as the Wildcats. Kansas State has now held 11 of its 17 opponents to hitting percentage less than .200, while it held an opponent below .100 hitting for the third time this year and the first time since Arkansas State on Sept. 8.
Junior outside hitter Cari Jensen continued her impressive play, as the Fowler, Colo., native posted a team-high 13 kills on .345 hitting. Junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring added 10 kills on .346 hitting with an ace, four blocks and four digs, while sophomore setter Gabby Guerre turned in an all-around performance with seven kills on .375 hitting with 33 assists, eight digs and four blocks. Junior libero Laura Downey-Wallace, who ranks third nationally in digs per game, posted a team-high 20 digs. Downey-Wallace has now tallied double-digit digs in 16 of 17 matches, including 20 or more on seven occasions.
Freshman outside hitter Laura Jones paced two Aggies with double-digit kills, as she posted a match-high 15 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Melissa Munsch added a double-double with 12 kills and 14 digs.
The two teams battled back and forth in the opening game with neither team holding a decisive lead until Kansas State broke open a tight 20-19 score with a 10-2 run to win 30-21. Neither team hit well in the first game with the Wildcats recording a .179 hitting percentage compared to the Aggies' negative .021 percentage. Jensen posted four kills on zero errors for a .571 hitting percentage.
In the second game, Kansas State jumped out to a 8-1 lead and never looked back in coasting to a 30-21 win. The Wildcats had a lead of 11 points at one point before the Aggies closed to within 25-18. Kansas State again held Texas A&M to under .100 hitting (.067), while the Wildcats posted a .250 hitting percentage. Goehring and Jensen each chipped in five kills and combined for just one hitting error on 20 total attacks. Downey-Wallace added eight digs.
Kansas State jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the decisive third game before Texas A&M turned in a fierce rally to tie the game at 25-all on an ace by Jayna Baker. The two teams battled through three more ties before Laura Jones hit a ball long in the 32-30 win. Goehring, Jennifer Pollard and Jensen each added four kills in the win.
Kansas State concludes the first half of Big 12 Conference play on Wednesday, Oct. 23, as the Wildcats host Missouri (16-3, 6-2 Big 12) at Ahearn Field House beginning at 7 p.m. The match will be televised by Metro Sports out of Kansas City.