No. 24 K-State Continues to Struggle in 3-1 loss to Georgia Tech
Sept. 14, 2002
Tampa, Fla. - The 24th-ranked Kansas State women's volleyball team saw its losing streak hit three matches for first time since 1999, as the Wildcats dropped another four-game match at the USF Adidas Invitational with a 28-30, 30-24, 30-26, 30-26 loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon at The Corral.
With the win, Georgia Tech concluded the USF Invitational with a 3-1 mark and a 9-2 overall record, while Kansas State went winless in three matches and fell to 4-4 on the year. The three-match losing streak is the longest for the Wildcats since the team lost three straight from Oct. 27-Nov. 3, 1999 against Texas Tech, Nebraska and Colorado.
Georgia Tech posted 70 kills on .240 hitting with 76 digs and 12 blocks, while Kansas State tallied 69 kills on .205 hitting with a season-high 83 digs and five blocks. The Wildcats were again plagued by poor serving with 10 service errors.
Sophomore middle blocker Lisa Martin broke her career-high in kills for the second consecutive match with 16 on .444 hitting, while senior co-captain Jennifer Pollard added her second double-double in as many matches with 16 kills and 21 digs. Junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring and junior outside hitter Cari Jensen tapped in 12 and 11 kills, respectively, while junior libero Laura Downey-Wallace totaled career-high 25 digs. Sophomore setter Gabby Guerre narrowly missed her first career triple-double, as she collected nine kills on .350 hitting with 52 assists and 10 digs.
Sophomore outside hitter Lynnette Moster paced Georgia Tech with 26 kills on .328 hitting and 13 digs, while sophomore outside hitter Lauren Sauer and junior middle blocker Alexandra Preiss added 15 and 12 kills, respectively.
The two teams batted through several early ties before Kansas State expanded a small lead into as much as six points, lastly at 14-8. Georgia Tech slowly chipped away at the deficit, tying the score at 20-all and 21-all. The Wildcats grabbed the lead and pushed it out to 25-22, however, they had to hold off a stiff Jacket rally for a 30-28 win. Pollard paced a balanced attack with seven kills on .538 hitting, while Martin chipped in six kills.
Georgia Tech jumped to a fast 4-0 lead and quickly built it to 8-1 before Kansas State called its first timeout. With the Jackets holding a 19-12 lead, the Wildcats used an 11-5 run to close within one point at 24-23. However, Georgia Tech scored six of the last seven points in the game to even the score with a 30-24 win. Martin and Pollard paced the Wildcat offense with four kills each.
Like in game two, Georgia Tech used an early 7-0 run to take a convincing 9-3 lead before Kansas State rallied to tie the game at 15-all. Once tied at 15, the two teams battled back and forth through six ties and four lead changes before the Jackets converted on three straight points for a 23-20 advantage. Georgia Tech held on to the lead en route to a 30-26 win. Goehring posted six kills on .462 hitting, while Downey-Wallace totaled a game-high six digs.
Georgia Tech carried the momentum over in the crucial game four, as the Jackets jumped out to a 7-2 lead before building a six-point advantage at 16-10. With the Jackets holding a 25-19 lead, Kansas State rattled off five of the next six points to close within two at 26-24. However, Georgia Tech used back-to-back kills to stop the rally en route to a 30-26 win.
Kansas State returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 18, as the Wildcats open Big 12 Conference play against defending conference champion Nebraska beginning at 7 p.m. at Ahearn Field House.