Wegner Helps Kansas State Power Past Arkansas, 3-1
Sept. 7, 2001
Manhattan, Kan. - Senior co-captain Liz Wegner (Grand Island, Neb.) turned in her fourth straight double-double of the season, as No. 22 Kansas State opened the second annual Wildcat Classic on Friday evening with a 30-26, 22-30, 30-19, 30-27 win over Arkansas before 1,056 at Ahearn Field House. Earlier in the evening, Washington State (4-1) disposed of Houston (2-3) by a score of 33-31, 30-26, 30-28.
With the win, Kansas State evens its overall record to 2-2, while Arkansas falls to 1-3 on the season.
"We got off to a slow start tonight," said head coach Suzie Fritz. "However, our team really pulled through when it counted. I thought we did a nice job of winning the passing and serving games. Liz (Wegner) played well tonight, but so did a number of players. Laura (Downey) set well and I thought Jayne (Christen) really came through with a big effort. We had five players in double-digit in both kills and digs, so it was a complete game effort. Arkansas is talented team, so this is a big win for us."
Wegner led five players in double-digit kills and digs with 26 kills and 13 digs. The senior also added a career-high six service aces, the third most aces in a four-game match in Kansas State history. Sophomore Lauren Goehring posted her first double-double of the season with 13 kills and 13 digs, while senior Lisa Mimick added 12 kills and 10 digs. Sophomore Laura Downey tallied her second straight double-double with 64 assists and 12 digs.
Eftila Tanellari led three Arkansas players in double-digit kills with 15 on the night, while Jennifer Haaser and Libby Windell added 13 and 10 kills, respectively. Evgeniya Rangelova turned in a double-double with 24 assists and a match-high 19 digs.
The second day of the Wildcat Classic begins Saturday at 10 a.m. when the Lady Razorbacks take on Washington State. Kansas State follows at noon against Houston. In the evening session, Arkansas plays Houston at 5 p.m. and Washington State and Kansas State square off at 7:30 p.m.