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Donahue's Triple-Double Carries 'Cats to Win


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Caitlyn Donahue

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Caitlyn Donahue
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Oct. 26, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State setter Caitlyn Donahue did something a Wildcat has not done in nearly seven years on Wednesday night, and it carried her team to victory over the Missouri Tigers. Donahue posted the first triple-double by a Wildcat since Nov. 3, 2004, to help K-State defeat Missouri in five sets 21-25, 25-13, 25-16, 21-25, 15-11.

Donahue tallied 48 assists and 16 digs in the match and officially notched her first career triple-double with her 10th kill in early in the fourth set. After the match, Donahue gave the credit to her teammates and coaches saying it happened because everyone else played so well.

“I think those sort of things are ones that come with great volleyball,” Donahue said. “My teammates all played great and my coaches put me that position. Coming into the match the coaches made a point to tell me to be more aggressive, to dump more and to attack more, and it worked out for us.”

The last player to post a triple-double was setter Gabby Guerre when she had 10 kills, 48 assists and 11 digs against Iowa State on Nov. 3, 2004.

K-State Head Coach Suzie Fritz said Donahue played a complete match and has grown into her position even more this season.

“She can do so many things well,” Fritz said. “From a setting perspective she put her hitters in better situations tonight.”

With the win the Wildcats remain undefeated in five-set matches this season as K-State is now 5-0 in matches that go the distance. Previous wins have come over Creighton, at Missouri State, Drake and at Missouri. Fritz said serving played a key role in getting the win over Missouri on Wednesday as the team posted eight aces.

“Serving was huge tonight, and not only the aces,” Fritz said. “We were aggressive with our serve and that created a lot of opportunities for us to put them in medium or bad situations. We were able to serve them out of system, which is important when you have a hitter like Brittney Brimmage on their team. She is so effective when they are in system, and by serving them out of system and forcing them to serve high balls to the pins, it made her less effective than she normally would be.”

The Wildcats (16-7, 5-4) dropped the first set to the Tigers (17-9, 3-6) but rebounded nicely in the second and third sets to grab the momentum from Missouri. K-State dominated those two sets hitting .438 in the second and .324 in the third. The defense was able to shut down Missouri’s top hitter in the second set as well as Lisa Henning did not tally a single kill in the frame.

It was again sophomore middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger who led the way on offense for K-State as she pounded out 20 kills for her ninth 20-kill match of the season to move her into a tie for the fourth most such matches in a season. It also was Pelger’s 10th double-double on the year as she also had 19 digs on the night. Pelger also hit .319 in the match.

Every player who saw the court for the Wildcats made a significant impact on the match as Lilla Porubek had a complete match with 12 kills on a .200 hitting percentage along with eight digs, five blocks and a pair of aces. Alex Muff had eight kills and seven blocks, and Kathleen Ludwig tallied eight kills as well as seven digs. The pair of Courtney Traxson and Dakota Kaufman combined for eight kills from the OH2 position, and the group of Kuulei Kabalis, Tristan McCarty and Gina Madonia kept the back row strong. Kabalis had 22 digs and a pair of aces. McCarty posted 10 digs and an ace, and Madonia had two digs in her limited action while spelling Ludwig as a defensive substitute.

Missouri saw middle blocker Brittney Brimmage lead the way with 13 kills as Henning tallied 12. Emily Wilson also posted 12 kills for the Tigers, and libero Priscilla Armendariz had a match-high 25 digs.

The win puts some separation between the Wildcats and the rest of the teams below them in the Big 12 Conference standings as Missouri is now two games back from K-State. The Wildcats play Baylor on Saturday, and the Bears also entered Wednesday’s play one game in back of K-State. Texas Tech played spoiler for Baylor getting its first conference win of the season in five sets over the Bears to widen the gap between fifth and sixth place.

K-State travels to take on Baylor at 7 p.m. Saturday in Waco, Texas. The match can be heard on 1350 KMAN with Rob Voelker calling the action.


MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State setter Caitlyn Donahue did something a Wildcat has not done in nearly seven years on Wednesday night, and it carried her team to victory over the Missouri Tigers. Donahue posted the first triple-double by a Wildcat since Nov. 3, 2004, to help K-State defeat Missouri in five sets 21-25, 25-13, 25-16, 21-25, 15-11.

 

Donahue tallied 48 assists and 16 digs in the match and officially notched her first career triple-double with her 10th kill in early in the fourth set. After the match, Donahue gave the credit to her teammates and coaches saying it happened because everyone else played so well.

 

“I think those sort of things are ones that come with great volleyball,” Donahue said. “My teammates all played great and my coaches put me that position. Coming into the match the coaches made a point to tell me to be more aggressive, to dump more and to attack more, and it worked out for us.”

 

The last player to post a triple-double was setter Gabby Guerre when she had 10 kills, 48 assists and 11 digs against Iowa State on Nov. 3, 2004.

 

K-State Head Coach Suzie Fritz said Donahue played a complete match and has grown into her position even more this season.

 

“She can do so many things well,” Fritz said. “From a setting perspective she put her hitters in better situations tonight.”

 

With the win the Wildcats remain undefeated in five-set matches this season as K-State is now 5-0 in matches that go the distance. Previous wins have come over Creighton, at Missouri State, Drake and at Missouri. Fritz said serving played a key role in getting the win over Missouri on Wednesday as the team posted eight aces.

 

“Serving was huge tonight, and not only the aces,” Fritz said. “We were aggressive with our serve and that created a lot of opportunities for us to put them in medium or bad situations. We were able to serve them out of system, which is important when you have a hitter like Brittney Brimmage on their team. She is so effective when they are in system, and by serving them out of system and forcing them to serve high balls to the pins, it made her less effective than she normally would be.”

 

The Wildcats (16-7, 5-4) dropped the first set to the Tigers (17-9, 3-6) but rebounded nicely in the second and third sets to grab the momentum from Missouri. K-State dominated those two sets hitting .438 in the second and .324 in the third. The defense was able to shut down Missouri’s top hitter in the second set as well as Lisa Henning did not tally a single kill in the frame.

 

It was again sophomore middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger who led the way on offense for K-State as she pounded out 20 kills for her ninth 20-kill match of the season to move her into a tie for the fourth most such matches in a season. It also was Pelger’s 10th double-double on the year as she also had 19 digs on the night. Pelger also hit .319 in the match.

 

Every player who saw the court for the Wildcats made a significant impact on the match as Lilla Porubek had a complete match with 12 kills on a .200 hitting percentage along with eight digs, five blocks and a pair of aces. Alex Muff had eight kills and seven blocks, and Kathleen Ludwig tallied eight kills as well as seven digs. The pair of Courtney Traxson and Dakota Kaufman combined for eight kills from the OH2 position, and the group of Kuulei Kabalis, Tristan McCarty and Gina Madonia kept the back row strong. Kabalis had 22 digs and a pair of aces. McCarty posted 10 digs and an ace, and Madonia had two digs in her limited action while spelling Ludwig as a defensive substitute.

 

Missouri saw middle blocker Brittney Brimmage lead the way with 13 kills as Henning tallied 12. Emily Wilson also posted 12 kills for the Tigers, and libero Priscilla Armendariz had a match-high 25 digs.

 

The win puts some separation between the Wildcats and the rest of the teams below them in the Big 12 Conference standings as Missouri is now two games back from K-State. The Wildcats play Baylor on Saturday, and the Bears also entered Wednesday’s play one game in back of K-State. Texas Tech played spoiler for Baylor getting its first conference win of the season in five sets over the Bears to widen the gap between fifth and sixth place.

 

K-State travels to take on Baylor at 7 p.m. Saturday in Waco, Texas. The match can be heard on 1350 KMAN with Rob Voelker calling the action.