K-State Outlasts Texas Tech, 3-2
Oct. 30, 2002
Lubbock, Texas - The Kansas State women's volleyball team ran its winning streak to eight matches, as the Wildcats survived a wild five-game heartstopper with Texas Tech in a 30-27, 31-33, 30-22, 21-30, 15-13 victory on Wednesday before 407 fans at the United Spirit Arena.
With the win, Kansas State improved to 14-6 on the season and 10-2 in Big 12 Conference play, while Texas Tech dropped to 8-12 overall and 3-8 in league action. The Wildcats swept the season series from the Red Raiders for just the second time in series history and for the first time since 1997. Five of the last seven matches between the two teams have now gone five game, including both meetings in 2002. The win also extended Kansas State's school-record road conference winning streak to 10 matches dating back to a 3-0 win over Kansas on Oct. 31, 2001.
Kansas State narrowly outhit Texas Tech, .236 to .227, but was outperformed in both kills (87-83) and digs (106-98).
Junior outside hitter Cari Jensen was one of four Wildcats with 15 or more kills, as she tallied a team-best 19 kills on .293 hitting with six digs. Junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring totaled 18 kills on .354 hitting with a team-best eight blocks and eight digs. Goehring, who posted seven and half of the team's 11 blocks, turned in a career-high six solo blocks. Senior outside hitter Jennifer Pollard added a double-double with 17 kills and 13 digs, while sophomore middle blocker Lisa Martin tied her career-high with 16 kills on .480 hitting. Junior libero Laura Downey-Wallace recorded 20 digs for the ninth time with a match-best 28 digs, while junior defensive specialist Kris Jensen posted a career-high 21 digs. Sophomore setter Gabby Guerre recorded her team-leading eight double-double with 59 assists and 11 digs.
Sophomore outside hitter Kelly Johnson turned in a match-high 35 kills on .301 hitting with 13 digs and three blocks. Senior outside hitter Melissa McGehee posted 19 kills and 22 digs, while junior middle blocker Angela Mooney added 17 kills and seven digs.
The two teams battled through 12 ties and numerous lead changes before Texas Tech ran off four straight points to take a 17-14 lead. Kansas State remained close until the Red Raiders took their largest lead at 23-19 on three points in a row. The Wildcats tied it four more times before they closed out the game with three straight points for a 30-27 lead. Cari Jensen posted a team-leading six kills on .400 hitting, while Goehring registered five kills on zero attack errors for a team-leading .625 hitting percentage.
The second game mirrored much of the first with the two teams battling through six ties before Texas Tech used a 4-0 run to take 14-10 advantage. However, Kansas State rallied to tie it at 15-all, but Tech responded with a 3-0 run to take a 18-15 lead. After the Wildcats again tied it at 21-all, the two teams traded points before the Red Raiders had game point at 29-28. K-State fought off two game points and had a game point of its own at 31-30, but Texas Tech closed the game with three straight points for a 33-31 lead. Martin paced the Wildcat attack with six kills on seven swings, while Cari Jensen added four kills.
The battle continued in the third game with the two teams three ties before Kansas State scored five of the next six points for an 11-7 lead. However, Texas Tech rallied to tie it at 12-all and take a 14-12 lead. The two teams battled through four more ties before the Wildcats scored five straight points, including four on the server of Kris Jensen, to take a 23-18 lead. After a Red Raider point, K-State put together another 5-0 run to take a commanding 28-20 advantage. The Wildcats then won their second game point for a 30-22 win. K-State posted a game-high .321 hitting percentage, as Pollard posted a team-high seven kills.
In game four, Texas Tech jumped out to a 8-3 lead before Kansas State closed to within 10-9. However, the Red Raiders turned in a 6-2 run to take a 17-11 lead. The Wildcats closed to within 18-16 on a 5-1 run, but Tech posted another 6-2 to take a 24-18 advantage. K-State could get no closer, as the Red Raiders closed the game with six of the last seven points for a convincing 30-21 win. Texas Tech hit a game-high .380 in the fourth game, while holding Kansas State to paltry .196 percentage.
In the decisive fifth game, the two teams again battled back and forth before Kansas State ripped off three straight points with the score tied 7-all. After the Wildcats extended the lead to 13-9, Texas Tech made one last run to close within 14-13, but K-State scored on the next point for a 15-13 win. Kansas State outhit Tech, .278 to .219, in the match-clinching game.
Kansas State returns to Big 12 Conference play on Saturday, Nov. 2, as the Wildcats play host to Iowa State (10-14, 1-11 Big 12) at Ahearn Field House beginning at 7 p.m. K-State, which won the first meeting in 2002 by a score of 3-0 in West Des Moines, Iowa on Sept. 25, trail in the all-time series, 33-28, but has won 13 straight in the series dating back to 1996.