No. 25 K-State Sweeps No. 20 Missouri
Nov. 6, 2002
Columbia, Mo. - The 25th-ranked Kansas State women's volleyball team ran its winning streak to 10 matches, as the Wildcats held No. 20 Missouri to a season-low .026 hitting percentage to sweep the season series from the Tigers by scores of 30-26, 30-24, 30-28 on Wednesday before 1,452 fans at the Hearnes Center.
The 10-match winning streak now is the second-longest in school history behind the 13-match streak posted from Sept. 24 to Oct. 8, 1977. The Wildcats also extended their school-record conference road winning streak to 11 matches dating back to a 3-0 win over archrival Kansas on Oct. 31, 2001.
With the win, Kansas State improved to 16-6 on the season and 12-2 in Big 12 Conference play, while Missouri dropped to 20-5 overall and 9-4 in league action. The win gave the Wildcats a two-match cushion over the Tigers and Texas (18-5, 9-4 Big 12) for second place in the Big 12 standings with six league matches remaining. Kansas State, which swept the season series from Missouri for the second straight season, has now won 17 of the last 18 meetings with the Tigers since 1994, including eight of the last nine played in Columbia. The loss also ended Missouri's nine-match winning streak at home.
Kansas State held its second straight opponent under a .050 hitting percentage, as Iowa State posted a .048 hitting percentage in its 3-0 loss on Saturday. The Wildcats have now held 14 of their 22 opponents under a .200 hitting percentage, including nine of their 14 conference foes. Kansas State has won 13 of those 14 matches when holding an opponent under .200 hitting, including 13 in a row. The Wildcats also totaled a near season-high 14 blocks in the win with six players registering at least one block.
Junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring was the lone Wildcat in double-digit kills, as the Fort Worth, Texas native paced a balanced attack with 10 kills on .400 hitting with three blocks. Junior outside hitter Cari Jensen saw her 12-match streak of double-digit kills end in the win, as she totaled nine on the evening. Redshirt freshman outside hitter Katie Stanzel tallied seven kills to go with a career-high seven blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Lisa Martin posted a career-best 10 blocks to go with five kills, while senior co-captain Jennifer Pollard added four kills and 12 digs. Sophomore setter Gabby Guerre posted her 10th double-double of the season, including her third in a row, with 21 assists and 10 digs to go with four kills and three blocks.
Senior middle blocker Christi Myers paced the Missouri attack with 15 kills to go with a team-best six blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Jenny Duitsman added 11 kills, five digs and two blocks, while redshirt freshman outside hitter Shen Danru added 10 kills.
The two teams battled through nine ties in the opening set before Kansas State ran off three straight points for a 12-9 lead. After Missouri cut lead to 12-11, K-State used a 6-1 run to take its largest lead at 18-12. However, the Tigers responded with a 6-1 run of their own to cut the advantage to 19-18. The two teams battled back and forth before the Wildcats took advantage of three consecutive attack errors to take a 25-21 lead. Missouri held off three game points before Kansas State posted a 30-26 win. Four Wildcat hitters - Goehring, Martin, Stanzel and Cari Jensen - had three kills to lead the attack. The Tigers were held to negative .039 hitting.
In game two, Missouri broke the fourth tie at 5-all on a Kansas State hitting error and an ace to take a 7-5 lead. Down 9-7, the Wildcats responded with a 5-0 run, including four on the serve of Guerre, to take a 12-9 advantage. The Tigers slowly chipped away at lead before tying the game at 16-all. The two teams battled through three more ties before Kansas State scored three straight points to take a 23-20 lead. After Missouri closed to within 24-23 on a block, the Wildcats finished the game on a 6-1 run to post a 30-24 win. Again, a quartet of players - Goehring, Guerre, Jensen and Stanzel - posted three kills to pace the attack. The defense was again sensational, holding Missouri to a .100 hitting percentage and tallying 4.5 team blocks.
Kansas State jumped out to an early 8-5 advantage before Missouri rallied to tie it at 10-all. The two teams then battled through seven more ties before the Tigers ran off three straight points to take a 21-18 advantage. However, the Wildcats rallied to tie the score 24-all on a kill and three straight Tiger hitting errors. Down 28-26, Kansas State again stage another remarkable comeback, scoring four straight points, including three of the serve of Jensen, to post a 30-28 victory.
Kansas State returns to Big 12 Conference play on Saturday, Nov. 9, as the Wildcats play host to Baylor (9-14, 2-10 Big 12) at Ahearn Field House beginning at 12 p.m. K-State, which won the first meeting in 2002 by scores of 30-17, 30-22, 30-23 in Waco, Texas on Sept. 21, own a 10-4 advantage in the all-time series.