Nov. 27, 2002
Manhattan, Kan. -
The 22nd-ranked Kansas State women's volleyball broke the school record for conference wins on Wednesday night with their 16th of the season, as the Wildcats ran its winning streak over archrival Kansas to 16 in a row in a 30-27, 30-27, 30-14 win before 1,673 fans at Ahearn Field House.
With the win, Kansas State improved to 20-7 on the season and 16-3 in Big 12 Conference play, while Kansas dropped to 18-10 overall and 9-10 in league action. The win not only gave the Wildcats a school record 16 in conference play, but also guaranteed sole possession of second place in the Big 12 standings, which ties the 2000 squad for the highest finish in school history. The win also was important in the fact that it gave the program 20 wins for the fourth consecutive season, which was a first in school history. The sweep was also the 17th of the season for Kansas State, which breaks the school record of 16 set in 2000.
Kansas State has now swept archrival Kansas six consecutive times dating back to the 2000 season and extends the overall winning streak in the series to 16 straight dating back to 1995. The Jayhawks have not beaten the Wildcats since Nov. 16, 1994.
Kansas State dominated the statistics across the board, totaling 13 more kills (55-42) and 23 more digs (63-40), while outblocking its 15th opponent by a margin of 14.5-5.5. The Wildcats were impressive offensively, totaling 55 kills on a .310 hitting percentage with 44 assists and four service aces. It marked the ninth match of the season K-State has broken the .300 barrier in hitting. The team also held its 18th opponent to a hitting percentage below .200, as Kansas posted 42 kills on just .160 hitting. The Wildcats have held 18 of 27 opponents below .200 hitting, including 13 of their 19 conference foes. Kansas State has also won 17 straight when holding an opponent to a hitting percentage below .200.
Junior outside hitter Cari Jensen registered double-digit kills for the 23rd time in 27 matches, as she led six Wildcats with five or more kills in the match. Junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring posted 13 kills on .432 hitting with eight digs and four blocks. Goehring has now hit over .350 in 12 of the last 15 matches, including over .400 on 10 occasions. Sophomore middle blocker Lisa Martin added nine kills on .412 hitting with a team-high eight blocks, while sophomore setter Gabby Guerre contributed another all-around performance with seven kills on .400 hitting with 42 assists, nine digs and two blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Michaela Franklin tallied five kills on .667 in her first significant action since having five kills against Baylor on Nov. 9.
Junior outside hitter Sarah Rome paced the Kansas attack with nine kills and nine digs, while senior outside hitter Molly Scavuzzo added eight kills. Senior middle blocker Kylie Thomas and sophomore middle blocker Ashley Michaels turned in seven kills apiece and sophomore libero Jill Dorsey had a team-best 12 digs.
Kansas State concludes the 2002 Big 12 Conference season on Saturday, November 30, as the Wildcats travel to Lincoln, Neb., to face fifth-ranked Nebraska (26-1, 18-0 Big 12) beginning at 7 p.m. CST. The Cornhuskers dominate the all-time series, 65-1, and have won the last seven meetings dating back to 1999. The Wildcats' lone victory in the series came in a come-from-behind 3-2 win in Lincoln on September 22, 1999, which is also the last time Nebraska was defeated at home.