Oct. 23, 2002
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Manhattan, Kan. -
Junior outside hitter Cari Jensen turned in a season-best 20 kills on .400 hitting to go with 10 digs in helping Kansas State run its winning streak to a season-high six matches in a 31-29, 30-27, 39-37 upset victory over No. 19 Missouri on Wednesday evening before 889 fans at Ahearn Field House.
The 39 points scored in the third game were the most points scored in a single-game in school history, surpassing the 33 that was put up against Texas A&M in 2001.
"We knew it was going to be a very, very competitive match," said Wildcat head coach Suzie Fritz. "I didn't surprise me at all about the third game. I thought the whole match was going to be that way. Cari (Jensen) was tremendous in the match. She wanted the ball when the game was tight and that's what you want from one of your top players. It 's a tremendous win for us over maybe one of the best Missouri teams that I have seen in six years as a head coach and assistant here."
With the win, Kansas State improved to 12-6 on the season and 8-2 in Big 12 Conference play, while Missouri dropped to 17-4 overall and 7-3 in league play. The Wildcats have now won 16 of their 17 matches against the Tigers dating back to 1994. K-State's 8-2 mark in the conference's first half is the second-best in school history behind the 9-1 mark posted by the 1999 squad.
Jensen surpassed her previous-high of 17 set just a week ago at Kansas and posted 20 kills for the first time since her career-high 24-kill performance in Kansas State's 3-1 win over Pepperdine in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She added 10 digs for just her second double-double of the season. Senior co-captain Jennifer Pollard added 12 kills, while sophomore middle blocker Lisa Martin added 10 kills on .529 hitting with two blocks. Junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring
Junior libero Laura Downey-Wallace posted a match-high 22 digs. Downey-Wallace has now tallied double-digit digs in 17 of the 18 matches, including 20 or more on eight occasions.
Redshirt freshman Shen Danru paced Missouri in both kills and digs with 17 and 16, respectively, while junior outside hitter Mary Lauren Smith posted 14 kills. Seniors Christi Myers and Lisa Morris added 12 and 11 kills, respectively.
Kansas State begins the second half of its Big 12 Conference slate, as the Wildcats travel to Boulder, Colo., to face Colorado (11-9, 5-5 Big 12) beginning at 8 p.m. CST. K-State won the first meeting this year, 3-1, in Manhattan, Kan. on Oct. 12.