Nov. 2, 2002
Manhattan, Kan. -
The Kansas State women's volleyball team extended its winning streak to nine matches on Saturday evening, as the Wildcats posted a season-best .348 hitting percentage to sweep the season series from Iowa State for the sixth straight season in a 30-12, 30-19, 30-20 win before 823 fans at Ahearn Field House.
The nine-match winning streak ties the 1978 and 1999 teams for the second-longest winning streak in school history behind the 13-match streak owned by the 1977 squad. The winning streak also equals the 1999 for the longest streak since the program began playing under the NCAA structure in 1982.
With the win, Kansas State improved to 15-6 on the season and 11-2 in Big 12 Conference play, while Iowa State dropped to 10-15 overall and 1-12 in league play. The Wildcats have now won 14 straight matches against the Cyclones dating back to 1996, including winning 42 of the 43 games in that span.
Kansas State dominated the statistics across the board, totaling nearly 20 more kills (49-29), assists (43-24) and digs (68-44). In addition to posting a season-high .348 hitting percentage, the Wildcats held the Cyclones to a .048 hitting percentage, marking the fourth time that they have held a team to hitting percentage below .100. K-State also has held 13 of its 21 opponents to a hitting percentage below .200, including eight of the 13 conference foes. The Wildcats have also won 12 straight matches when holding an opponent to below .200 hitting.
Junior outside hitter Cari Jensen posted a season-best .462 hitting percentage to go with a match-high 14 kills, as she has now posted double-digit kills in 18 of the 21 matches, including a streak of 12 straight contests. Junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring added nine kills on .400 hitting with seven blocks, while sophomore middle blocker Lisa Martin added eight kills on .500 hitting with two blocks. Sophomore setter Gabby Guerre had another outstanding all-around performance with five kills on zero attack errors for a .417 hitting percentage with 39 assists, 10 digs and four blocks. It was her team-leading ninth double-double.
Junior libero Laura Downey-Wallace posted a match-high 18 digs, while senior outside hitter Jennifer Pollard added 17 digs. Downey-Wallace has now tallied double-digit digs in 20 of the 21 matches, including 15 or more on 15 occasions.
Senior middle blocker Mandi Harms posted a team-best 10 kills to pace the Iowa State attack, while sophomore outside hitter Brittany Dalager added six kills and a team-best 16 digs.
Kansas State returns to Big 12 Conference play on Wednesday, as the Wildcats travel to Columbia, Mo., to face No. 21 Missouri (20-4, 9-3 Big 12) beginning at 7 p.m. CST. K-State won the first meeting this year, 3-0, in Manhattan, Kan. on Oct. 23.