Nov. 23, 2002
Austin, Texas -
The 19th-ranked Kansas State women's volleyball team saw their 13-match winning streak come to an end on Saturday evening, as Texas used stellar defensive play to post a 24-30, 30-20, 30-22, 30-25 win before 1,702 fans at Gregory Gym.
With the win, Texas improved to 22-7 on the season and 13-6 in Big 12 Conference play, while Kansas State dropped to 19-7 overall and 15-3 in league action. The Longhorns were the last team to beat the Wildcats in a 3-0 win in Manhattan on September 28 and sweep the season series for the first time since 1998. Despite the loss, K-State still controls its own destiny for sole possession for second place in the conference standings and can accomplish that with a win in either of their last two matches. The loss not only ended the longest winning streak in nearly 20 years, but also snaps the the program's 12-match road conference winning streak.
Kansas State posted its fourth-lowest hitting percentage of the season with 56 kills on .152 hitting and lowest since hitting .104 against Texas on September 28. The Wildcats also tallied double-digit service errors for the first time in 20 matches with 13 on the match, which is the most since registering a season-worst 17 against South Florida on September 13. Texas hit an efficient .202 in the match with 59 kills and 66 digs and outblocked the Wildcats, 13-7.5.
Junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring led three Wildcats in double-digit kills with a team-high 17 kills on .429 hitting. Junior outside hitter Cari Jensen added 13 kills and a team-high five blocks, while sophomore middle blocker Lisa Martin posted 10 kills and four blocks. Sophomore setter Gabby Guerre recorded her team-leading 12th double-double with eight kills, 42 assists and 14 digs. Junior libero Laura Downey-Wallace had a match-high 22 digs.
Sophomore outside hitter Mira Topic paced four Texas players in double-digit kills with 19 on the evening, while sophomore middle blocker Bethany Howden added 16 kills. Sophomore outside hitter LaTonya Coates and junior middle blocker Kathy Hahn each added 10 kills, while Coates had a team-best three aces with nine kills and five blocks. Hahn and junior middle blocker Kathryn Wilson each turned in a match-high six blocks.
Texas took advantage of some early miscues by Kansas State to take a 5-1 lead in the opening set. The Longhorns maintained a steady lead until the Wildcats used a 4-1 run to tie the score at 8-all. However, Texas rattled off seven of the next 10 points to take a game-high four points lead at 15-11. K-State responded with five straight points to tie the score and take its first lead at 16-15. After the Longhorns tied it on the next point, the Wildcats converted on six of the next seven points for a 22-17 advantage. Texas would get no closer than four points the rest of the way, as Kansas State won on its fifth game point, 30-24. The Wildcats hit an impressive .316 in the game, while the Longhorns were held to just .073 hitting. Goehring paced all players with six kills on .500 hitting, while Martin added four kills on five swings for a .800 hitting percentage.
The two teams battled back in forth in the early portions of game two before Texas broke a 6-all tie by scoring 12 of the next 13 points, including six in a row, for a convincing 18-7 advantage. The ever-resilient Wildcats used an 8-2 run to close within 20-16, however, the determined Longhorns followed with four straight points to push the advantage to 24-16. Texas won on its second game point, 30-20. The Wildcats hit a miserable .027 in the game, while the Longhorns hit at a .290 clip. Cari Jensen had eight of the team's 12 kills and hit an impressive .385, while Downey-Wallace had six digs.
Kansas State took the early lead in game three, pushing open a 4-1 start to a 9-6 lead. However, Texas battled back to tie it at 9-all then took its first lead on a Wildcat error and a kill at 13-11. With the score knotted at 14-all, the Longhorns snagged the lead for good on a kill and an ace. K-State closed to within two points on four occasions, but with the score at 24-22, Texas closed out the game with a 6-0 run to take a 30-22 win. The Wildcats hit just .154 and were haunted by six service errors. Goehring had four kills.
In the pivotal game four, Kansas State came out on fire, extending a 4-1 lead to 11-4 on the strength of a 6-0 run. The Wildcats pushed that advantage to 16-9 on a Jami Sleichter ace, however, the Longhorns responded with five straight points to close within 16-14. Down 21-19, Texas converted six straight points to take the momentum at 25-22 en route to a 30-25 win. K-State again could not get going offensively, hitting just .120, while Texas hit a steady .264 in the win. Goehring had a team-best six kills on .400 hitting.
Kansas State returns to Big 12 Conference play on Wednesday, Nov. 27, as the Wildcats play host to archrival Kansas (18-7, 9-7 Big 12) for Senior Night at Ahearn Field House beginning at 7 p.m. The team's two seniors, Jennifer Pollard and Kristen Foote, will be honored in pre-match ceremonies. K-State, which swept the first meeting in 2002 on Oct. 16 in Lawrence, Kan., leads the all-time series, 49-35-1, and has won 15 straight in the series dating back to 1995.