WACO, Texas – Senior Angie Lastra tied her career-high mark of 36 digs to lead No.12 Kansas State to a 3-2 win over the Baylor Bears in Waco, Texas, Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats fell behind 2-1 but won the final two to take the match in scores of 28-30, 30-19, 28-30, 31-29, 15-11. K-State improves to 20-7 on the season to earn the Wildcats’ 12th 20-win year of the NCAA era; the Cats are 12-5 in conference action. Baylor drops to 14-13 overall; 6-10 Big 12.
Rita Liliom led the Cats’ .272 hitting attack as she notched 19 kills on .278 hitting. Junior Jenny Jantsch tallied a season-high 18 kills on 54 attempts to hit at .222 percent. Nataly Korobkova and Megan Farr added double-digit kills with 16 and 10, respectively.
Along with Lastra’s 36 digs, Lauren Mathewson had a career high of 16 digs and Lauren Rosenthal had a season-high 15. Other defensive leaders include Kelsey Chipman with eight blocks and Korobkova with six. Stacey Spiegelberg notched 65 assists and had a near double-double with nine blocks with also putting together a five dig-five block effort.
When K-State opened the match with a two-point lead in the first game, Baylor took control with five-unanswered points before the Wildcats responded with a 9-2 run to earn an 11-7 lead. After the Bears called their first timeout, K-State was unable to gain any momentum as they held onto the lead with points off of Baylor errors. Host BU tied the match at 15-all before KSU called its first timeout and the Cats blew their second six points later when Baylor started what would become a six-point run. Down 21-17, K-State found contribution from four different attackers to get within one at 24-23. The Wildcats were within one again at 28-27 after two straight kills from Jantsch. Baylor’s first game hitting of .240 helped earn the Bears the necessary two points and the 30-28 win.
Both teams started with poor serving in the second set as the 2-2 tie contained three points from service errors. Liliom, Spiegelberg and MEGAN Farr involved K-State’s offense by converting for seven kills among the trio and giving the Cats a 9-4 lead. After a timeout, Baylor scored four straight and eventually tied the game at 9. Three kills from Jantsch brought the Wildcat attack back into the match and K-State was able to gain a six-point advantage at 20-14. With eight kills from Liliom and six from Jantsch on .386 team hitting, KSU evened the score at 1-1 by winning game two 30-19.
The Wildcats broke into the third with the first four points, including two straight kills from Jantsch to start the set. K-State increased its lead to six with another string of unanswered points and maintained a seven-point lead with kills from Liliom and Korobkova. A kill from Chipman gave K-State an eight-point advantage and forced Baylor into a timeout. The Cats had their largest lead of 11 at 27-16 with a block from Chipman and Spiegelberg, but Baylor stormed back into the game and match with 11-consecutive points to tie the game at 27-all. An attack error by the Bears gave K-State the lead at 28-27, but Baylor scored the next three to earn the third game win 30-28.
The fourth game became a battle that contained 14 tie scores and seven lead changes. K-State earned its first lead at 4-3 with a Mathewson service ace, the Cats’ third of the match. The Bears earned a two-point lead at 7-5 and 9-7 before K-State regained the lead at 10-9 with three straight. When a kill by Jantsch gave KSU the lead at 13-12, Baylor went on a 5-1 run to earn at three point lead and force a KSU timeout. When the Bears earned their largest lead of four at 21-17, K-State called a second timeout and came out with a 3-1 run to force a BU timeout at 22-20. An attack error brought the game to a tie at 23-all and another BU error gave the Cats their first lead since 13-12 at 25-24. Continuous errors for the Bears and three kills from Liliom gave KSU the fourth game in a score of 31-29.
K-State broke into the fifth set with a 2-0 lead and never lost the advantage despite the Bears tying at 2- and 3-all. Two-consecutive errors by Baylor gave the Wildcats a four-point lead at 8-4, the largest lead of the fifth. After Spiegelberg earned a service ace, the Bears took their first timeout with a KSU lead of three at 10-7. After the Bears’ second timeout at 13-11, K-State came out to score the final two points with a kill from Korobkova and Spiegelberg to win 15-11.
Kansas State returns to its home court for a two-match home swing as the Wildcats look to capture the series against Kansas on Wednesday for a Sunflower Showdown and Colorado Saturday on Senior Night. For complete coverage of K-State volleyball, please visit www.kstatesports.com.