MANHATTAN, Kan. – The 19th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats stormed past the Baylor Bears Saturday with a 3-0 win after hitting .426, the highest percentage against a Big 12 opponent since Oct. 1, 2005. In addition, the Cats tallied 13 service aces to earn the victory by scores of 30-16, 30-16, 30-20. K-State improves to 10-2 on the season with a 2-0 conference record, while the Bears fall to 7-5; 0-2 Big 12.
For the fourth time in the last five matches, junior middle blocker Megan Farr hit over .500, as she finished the afternoon with 10 kills on .533 hitting. She also put back K-State’s single solo block. Junior Nataly Korobkova had a match-high 13 kills and finished with three service aces.
Senior Stacey Spiegelberg had a career high six service aces; she previously notched five against Texas Tech in 2006. The Overland Park, Kan., native recorded 46 of the team’s 49 assists.
Defensively, Korobkova and Kelsey Chipman had a hand in three blocks assists each. Angie Lastra led the Cats in digs for the sixth straight match as she dished out 10. Korobkova added seven, while Lauren Rosenthal contributed six digs.
Baylor was held to a .156 hitting percentage with 32 kills and 17 errors on 96 attempts. Anna Breyfogle led in kills with nine, while assists leader Taylor Barnes had 25 assists and one service ace.
In the first game, Baylor and K-State were evenly matched until the Wildcats took off after a 3-all score. K-State then produced five unanswered points to gain a five-point lead and force a BU timeout. KSU continued to build a lead and was up by nine before the Bears took their final timeout of the game. Following the break, the Wildcats scored on six Baylor errors and finished with two of the last three points on Jenny Jantsch kills to capture game one 30-16.
As the Bears fought to even the score, the second game started with four ties with the last being at 5-all. As the Cats scored four-straight points, BU called a timeout. When K-State returned to the floor during Korobkova’s service rotation, the product of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, converted on three straight service aces and the Cats continued the run with a kill by Chipman. K-State finished the Bears 30-16 to earn the 2-0 lead on .462 hitting, its best game of the night (15 kills, three errors, 26 attacks).
K-State had a slower momentum as the teams returned to the court for game three. The Bears remained behind the Cats by three or less points until three straight by KSU at 14-9. Continuing on a 4-2 run, K-State forced Baylor into burning its final timeout at 18-11. When the Bears scored three straight, the Wildcats took their first timeout of the match at 20-14. Receiving help from all sides, the Cats finished with the 30-20 game three to capture the match in a sweep.
With a five-match winning streak, Kansas State will look to continue the winning ways as the Cats host Oklahoma on Wed., Sept. 19, at Ahearn Field House. The match is set to be broadcast on FSN Midwest with a 7 p.m. start. Complete stats and results are available on Kansas State’s official athletic website, www.kstatesports.com.
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