K-State volleyball on a winning streak, headed to IowaK-State Sports Communications
|K-State volleyball defeated
Texas Tech on Nov. 1 and claimed its first win when trailing 2-0 since
2011. (Image: K-State
For the first time since 2011, the No. 22 K-State volleyball team overcame a
2-0 set deficit to win as the Wildcats beat Texas Tech, 3-2 (23-25, 17-25,
25-23, 30-28, 15-7), on Nov. 1 in Ahearn Field House.
The Wildcats (20-3,
7-2 Big 12) flipped the script coming out of the intermission, led by a career
day from redshirt senior Chelsea Keating. The outside hitter recorded her fourth
double-double of the season with career-highs in kills (17) and digs (22) while
also hitting .429. Of her 17 kills, 13 were registered over the final three sets
with a .632 attack percentage (13k-1e-19att).
As a team, K-State had 51
kills and hit .358 after the second, compared to the Wildcats' 26 kills and .173
attack percentage through the first two sets. Meanwhile, Texas Tech (15-7, 3-7
Big 12) had 32 of its 69 kills in sets one and two while it hit .191 after the
second, including .000 (5k-5e-21att) in the match-deciding fifth.
came out in game three and just said let's try to get better as we go, and we
did," said K-State head coach Suzie Fritz. "We sided out in the high 60s (69%,
67%) in the next two games, hit over .300 in the next three games, and that's
who we need to be. We just have to put it together a little earlier."
Along with Keating, three other Wildcats reached double figures in kills, led by
22--on a .310 hitting percentage--from freshman Kylee Zumach. The outside hitter
now has 312 kills on the season, making her just the sixth Wildcat freshman in
program history to have 300 kills in a campaign (Last: Kaitlynn Pelger,
Redshirt sophomore Katie Reininger had 12 kills, along with a
team-high seven blocks, while freshman Bryna Vogel established a career-best
with 10 kills on a .500 clip.
"Everyone comes into practice, trying to
get better and trying to help the team," said Keating, "but it's nice knowing if
you are having an off day, there is someone there to help you out. Bryna did
that today. She stepped up and did really well."
The Wildcats never
trailed in the third, winning the set and beginning their comeback, but in the
fourth, K-State was up against match point three times before rallying for an
extra-point victory. The Wildcats, who trailed for much of the fourth before
tying it up at 20-all on a kill by Katie Brand, faced Texas Tech's first match
point at 24-23. A kill by Keating from the back row tied it up, but the Red
Raiders quickly went up 25-24 on a kill by Breeann David. Keating once again
answered with a kill to knot it up at 25-25, and, with the score at 26-25 Texas
Tech, Keating paired up with Reininger for a block to even it at 26-26.
Reininger followed with a kill to give K-State its first set point of the
fourth, but it would take two more tries before a solo block by Natali Jones
gave the Wildcats the set.
In the fifth, K-State never looked back after
it scored the first two points. The Wildcats had only one attack error in the
final set while they had three of their 14 blocks in the match during the
"Clearly, we weren't going hard enough early," said Fritz about
the first two sets. "The mindset changed to that we needed to find that
resiliency, fight for more points...we said let's try to go hard first and then
we can go from there."
K-State improved to 5-1 on the season in five-set
matches and has won 16 of their last 17 dating back to 2011. That stretch
started on Nov. 5, 2011 vs. Texas A&M, which is the last time the Wildcats
erased a 2-0 deficit in a match and won.
Texas Tech's Jenna Allen had a
match-high 25 kills on a .426 hitting percentage. She had 10 kills on an
errorless 17 attempts (.588) in the first two sets to help Texas Tech grab the
early 2-0 lead in the match.
The Wildcats will now compete in
back-to-back road matches as they first head to Ames, Iowa to take on Iowa State on Nov. 5 at 6:30