Oct. 26, 2002
Boulder, Colo. -
The Kansas State women's volleyball used a season-best .338 hitting percentage, as the Wildcats ran their winning streak to seven matches in a 30-22, 30-19, 33-31 win over Colorado on Saturday before 1,056 fans at the Coors Events Center.
With the win, Kansas State improved to 13-6 on the season and 9-2 in Big 12 Conference play, while Colorado dropped to 11-10 overall and 5-6 in league action. The Wildcats swept the season series from the Buffaloes for just third time in series history and for the first time since 2000. The team has now won four of the last five meetings in Boulder and hold more wins on the road (six) than at home (five) in the series.
Kansas State surpassed its previous season-best in hitting percentage (.331) held against Oklahoma on Oct. 9 with 58 kills on .338 hitting. The Wildcats held Colorado to a paltry .136 hitting percentage in the match, marking the 12th time in 19 matches that the team has held an opponent below a .200 hitting percentage. The team has now won 11 in a row against such opponents. K-State also outblocked Colorado, 12-4, and totaled just one less dig.
Junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring tied her career-high for the second time this season with 19 kills on an amazing and season-best .515 hitting percentage. Goehring has now hit over .300 in 11 matches this season, including seven times over .400. Junior outside hitter Cari Jensen totaled double-digit kills for the 16th time in 19 matches as she totaled 14 kills on .310 hitting. Redshirt freshman Katie Stanzel added a season-best eight kills on .316 hitting with five blocks, while senior outside hitter Jennifer Pollard had eight kills and eight digs. Sophomore outside hitter Lisa Martin had five kills on zero hitting errors for a .417 hitting percentage.
Senior middle blocker Meghan Barkman and senior outside hitter Kim Taskey each tapped in nine kills to pace Colorado, while Taskey added a team-best 12 digs. Senior setter Elizabeth Gower was impressive all-around with six kills, 29 assists and 11 digs.
In a game of runs, it was Kansas State that took the opening set with a 30-22 win. After taking a 6-4 lead on a Colorado error and a kill, the Wildcats used a 6-2 run midway through to a take a commanding 16-10 lead. However, with the score 17-12, the Buffaloes took advantage of a 6-1 run to tie the game at 18-all. With the score knotted at 19-all, K-State rattled off four straight points to take a 23-19 lead then finished off the game by scoring seven of the last 10 points. Jensen paced a potent Wildcat offense with seven kills on .600 hitting, while Goehring added five kills on .833 hitting. The defense also starred for K-State, outblocking Colorado, 4-1, and holding the Buffaloes to a paltry .119 hitting percentage.
Kansas State used a near season-high .436 hitting percentage in the second game, as the Wildcats never trailed in taking a 30-19 win. K-State jumped out to a 4-1 lead and extended it to 12-6 on back-to-back kills. From there, Colorado got no closer than four points, as the Wildcats closed the game with a 6-2 run. Goehring again posted zero hitting errors with a team-high eight kills on .615 hitting, while Jensen added five kills. The Wildcats totaled 22 kills in the game, while holding the Buffs to 10 kills on .118 hitting.
Kansas State came out firing in the third game, scoring on three straight kills, however, Colorado rallied to tie it at 4-all. The two teams battled through three more ties before the Wildcats used a 4-0 run for an 11-7 advantage. However, the Buffaloes responded with a 6-0 to take a 13-11 advantage. Kansas State rallied to tie it three more ties before Colorado ran off three straight points for a 20-17 lead. The Buffs scored seven of the next 10 points to take a commanding 27-21 advantage, however, the Wildcats rallied to tie the score on six straight points, including three blocks. K-State then fought off four Colorado game points before winning 33-31 on back-to-back kills by Martin.
Kansas State returns to Big 12 Conference play on Wednesday, Oct. 30, as the Wildcats travel to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech (8-11, 3-7) at the United Spirit Arena beginning at 7 p.m. The Wildcats, who won the first meeting in 2002 by a score of 3-2 in Manhattan on Oct. 2, lead the all-time series with the Red Raiders, 10-7, but are just 1-5 in matches played in Lubbock.