LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 12 Kansas State powered to a 3-0 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Wednesday night in Lubbock, Texas, with four Wildcats finishing in double-digit kills. High-hitting from the Cats elevated the team to an 18-6 record overall as K-State moves to 10-4 in the Big 12. Tech drops its 13th-straight match and falls to a 7-16 overall record while being 1-13 in the conference.
Rita Liliom paced the Wildcat hitters with 19 kills on .444 hitting. Jenny Jantsch recorded her sixth match of 10 or more kills for the season as she notched 13 after hitting .423. Both Nataly Korobkova and Kelsey Chipman converted for 10 kills as each hit better than .300 on the night. Kansas State finished with a clip of .409 on 62-of-115 hitting with 15 errors. The Wildcats produced two games of over-.400 hitting including a game one of .533 percent.
Angie Lastra again led the Wildcats in digs with 17, while four additional K-State defenders tallied five or more on the night. As a team, K-State finished with four blocks, while Chipman led with one solo and two assisted.
The Wildcats held the Red Raiders to .108 hitting with their leading attacker, Amy Gandy, to only 10 kills. Lindsey Louis led the defense with 10 digs.
After the Red Raiders scored the first point of the match, K-State was sparked by 11 unanswered points including five kills from Korobkova. The Wildcats brought their lead to 13 with a 16-3 score before Tech was forced to call its final timeout of the first set. With the first three points out of the break including two kills from Liliom, Tech produced a 5-1 run to bring the game to 20-8 to which the Cats scored three-straight and increased their lead to 15. The Red Raiders made a last effort with a 5-2 run with KSU’s two points off of Tech service errors. The Wildcats finished the first game with five of the final six points to capture the first game 30-14.
In the second game, Tech again struck first but K-State jumped to an early lead with five straight including four from Red Raider attack errors. With Texas Tech only three points back at 7-4, Farr lifted the Cats to an 11-4 lead with three of her five game two kills. Liliom also assisted in increasing the point spread as she had six kills in the second game that brought KSU to a 10-point lead at 23-13. K-State captured the 2-0 lead in the match after earning the 30-19 victory in the second with the three final points from Chipman kills.
The Wildcats started the third game with the first three points but the Red Raiders tied the match with the next three. Jantsch and Liliom continued swinging for the Wildcats to elevate K-State to an 8-5 lead. Tech was able to pull within one on three occasions with a final time at 15-14 after three straight scores. Out of the Wildcat timeout, K-State jumped to a four-point lead at 21-17 and forced a Tech timeout. A kill from Liliom at 24-19 gave the Wildcats enough momentum to go on a 6-3 run and win by a 30-22 score.
K-State will return home to face No. 2 Nebraska on Sat., Nov. 3rd with a 7 p.m. start time. For complete coverage, please visit www.kstatesports.com.