LUBBOCK, Texas – The last time K-State and Texas Tech met, the Red Raiders forced the match into five sets before the Wildcats could get the win. The Red Raiders would not allow a fifth set this time as No. 20 K-State fell on the road 20-25, 25-15, 22-25, 23-25.
K-State (21-7, 8-7) lost to the Red Raiders for the first time since 2004 when Tech won in Ahearn Field House in five sets. That win also was the last time Tech defeated a ranked opponent.
The match ended in dramatic fashion with the Wildcats attempting a comeback. After trailing 15-20, K-State battled back into it to even take a 22-21 lead before Tech scored two in a row on a kill followed by an error for the Wildcats. Alex Muff posted a kill to tie it at 23-23. Then, the Red Raiders got a kill from Breann David gave Tech match point.
On match point, K-State appeared to have another stuff block to even the set. An attack by Meghan Stacy went off a big block from the Wildcats back at the Red Raiders. A diving Rachel Brummitt saved the ball off her knee and the ball sailed back over to K-State’s side of the net and landed in the back corner giving the Red Raiders the win and snapping a 15-match losing streak to K-State.
Tech (14-16, 3-11) was led by senior Miara Cave with 13 kills and Brianna Grant with 10. The Red Raiders out-dug the Wildats 51-50 with Brummitt leading with 15. The Wildcats saw senior Kathleen Ludwig tally 15 kills. Courtney Traxson got hot beginning in the third set and she tallied 12 kills for the match and Muff also was in double digits with 10 kills. Muff had a strong performance with seven block assists as well.
Both teams were strong at the net defensively with the Wildcats stuffing Tech 12 times. Tech on the other side had 14.5 blocks to help get the upset victory.
On Senior Night, the Red Raiders jumped on the Wildcats early with four straight points to go up 6-1 and eventually built a lead as large as eight points to put K-State behind 10-18. The Wildcats would put together a 6-1 run to pull within three points at 16-19 and again at 19-22 and 20-23. Tech would win the set after a service error and a misplayed point by the Wildcats to give the home team the 1-0 advantage.
The second set was all Wildcats as they returned the favor of jumping to a big lead early. K-State got hot with Ludwig posting four kills as the Wildcats opened a 7-1 lead. Tech got right back into the set after a timeout, but the Wildcats turned the momentum back to their side of the net quickly.
After Tech pulled within one point, the Wildcats responded with 5-1 run to go up again by five points. Another 4-0 run would begin to put the set out of reach at 17-9. K-State tallied five blocks in the second set alone as the Red Raiders could not string together points and hit .000 for the frame while K-State hit .286.
The Wildcats have another mid-week bye on Wednesday and will close the regular season at home next Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Oklahoma Sooners. It will be Senior Day to recognize the four Wildcats playing their final season for K-State.