Nov. 9, 2002
Manhattan, Kan. -
The 25th-ranked Kansas State women's volleyball team extended its winning streak to a 11 matches on Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats held their third straight opponent to a hitting percentage below .100 in easing past injury-plagued Baylor by scores of 30-25, 30-15, 30-16 before 823 fans at Ahearn Field House. The 11-match winning streak is the second-longest in school history behind the 13-match streak posted from Sept. 24 to Oct. 8, 1977.
With the win, Kansas State improved to 17-6 on the season and 13-2 in Big 12 Conference play, while Baylor dropped to 9-16 overall and 2-12 in league action. The Wildcats have a two-match cushion for second place in the Big 12 standings and the tiebreaker over third-place Missouri with five league matches remaining. Kansas State, which owns an 11-4 advantage over Baylor in the all-time series, swept the season series from Baylor for the fifth time overall, including the second straight season.
Kansas State held its third straight opponent and sixth overall to under a .100 hitting percentage, as Baylor managed just .054 hitting percentage on 111 total attacks. The Wildcats have now held 15 of their 23 opponents under a .200 hitting percentage, including 10 of their 15 conference foes. Kansas State has won 14 of those 15 matches when holding an opponent under .200 hitting, including 14 in a row.
Kansas State dominated the statistics across the board, totaling 17 more kills (47-30), 16 more assists (37-21) and 11 more digs (51-40), while outblocking its 12th opponent by a margin of 8-4. The Wildcats were impressive offensively, totaling 47 kills on a .301 hitting percentage with 37 assists and nine service aces. The team hit over .300 for the seventh time this season, while the nine aces were the most since the team posted 10 in the first meeting with Baylor on Sept. 21.
Junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring paced a balanced Wildcat attack with six players tallying five or more kills on the day, as the Fort Worth, Texas native posted 10 kills on .286 hitting with six digs and three blocks. Senior outside hitter Jennifer Pollard went errorless on 25 attacks, as she posted nine kills on .360 hitting with a career-high six service aces and seven digs. Pollard's six service aces ties Kristi Jacquart (1986-87) for the third-most aces in a three-game match in school history. Sophomore setter Gabby Guerre missed her fourth consecutive double-double by one kill, as she totaled nine kills on .615 hitting with 31 assists, four blocks and two digs . Senior outside hitter Cari Jensen added eight kills and eight digs, while sophomores Lisa Martin and Michaela Franklin each tallied five kills to the attack.
Junior outside hitter Tisha Schwartz paced the Baylor attack with a team-high 10 kills, eight digs and three blocks, while junior outside hitter Laura Lloreda-Daniela added six kills and a team-best 10 digs. The Bears, who have been without All-Big 12 selection Stevie Nicholas and several other starters for most of the season, suited up just nine players for the match.
Kansas State returns to Big 12 Conference play on Sunday, November 17, as the Wildcats travel to College Station, Texas, to face Texas A&M (16-7, 8-6 Big 12) beginning at 3 p.m. CST. K-State won the first meeting this year, 3-0, in Manhattan, Kan. on Oct. 19, but is winless in seven trips to College Station.