No. 22 K-State falls to Texas Tech, 3-1
Sept. 22, 2001
Lubbock, Texas - The 22nd-ranked Kansas State women's volleyball team saw its five-match winning streak come to end on Saturday night, as upstart Texas Tech won its fourth straight over the Wildcats in Lubbock with a 28-30, 30-22, 30-21, 31-29 victory before 551 at the United Spirit Arena.
With the win, Texas Tech improves to 7-3 and 1-1 in Big 12 Conference play, while Kansas State falls to 5-3 on the season and 1-1 in league action. The Wildcats fall to 1-5 all-time in Lubbock.
In the opening set, Kansas State broke a tight early game with back-to-back points at 4-all and built its lead to as much as four points before Texas Tech called its first timeout. Following the timeout, the Red Raiders outscored the Wildcats, 9-3, to take a two-point lead at 18-16. After K-State rallied to tie it at 19-all, the two teams traded the lead a number of times before the Wildcats scored consecutive points with the score knotted at 28-all for the 30-28 win. Senior co-captain Liz Wegner powered a game-high nine kills on .391 hitting, while fellow senior co-captain Lisa Mimick tallied seven digs.
Disappointed from a tight loss in game one, Texas Tech came out firing in game two running out to 7-0 lead before Kansas State got on the board. Down by as many as nine points, the Wildcats closed to 20-18 on five straight points, but the Red Raiders responded with a 4-0 run to put the game out of reach in a 30-22 victory. The Wildcats, who managed just a .078 hitting percentage in the game, were again led by Wegner's five kills. Mimick and junior Jenny Pollard each added five digs.
Kansas State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in game three before Texas Tech scored five straight points. The Red Raiders then ran the lead to as many as eight before the Wildcats rallied to within three points at 22-19 on four straight points. However, after closing again to three at 23-20, the Red Raiders converted on seven of the next eight points for a 30-21 victory. Pollard led the Wildcats with a team-high five kills, while she and sophomore Lauren Goehring added seven digs apiece.
Kansas State looked to even in the match in game four, jumping out to a 14-9 lead after several early lead changes. The Wildcats maintained the lead for much of the game, including a 24-19 advantage, however, the Red Raiders wouldn't die converting on nine of next 13 point to tie the game at 28-28. After K-State fought off Tech's first match point to tie it at 29-all, the Red Raiders won on its second match point opportunity, 31-29.
Wegner led the Wildcats with 25 kills on a sparking .333 hitting to go with 12 digs in the losing effort. Pollard added another double-double with 14 kills and a team-high 19 digs. Mimick contributed eight kills and 18 digs, while Goehring posted a career-high 14 digs with six kills and six blocks.
Yolanda Cumbess led Texas Tech with 22 kills on .390 hitting, while Angela Mooney and Kelly Johnson added 13 and 11 kills, respectively. Skydra Orzen turned in a double-double with 58 assists and 17 digs. Ann Romjue led both teams with 20 digs.
Kansas State will begin a four-match homestand on Wednesday, Sept. 26, as the Wildcats play host to unbeaten Missouri (8-0, 1-0 Big 12) at Ahearn Field House beginning at 7 p.m. The teams split their two meetings last season with the Tigers winning 3-0 in Columbia, Mo. on Sept. 30 and the Wildcats triumphing 3-0 in Manhattan on Nov. 8. K-State holds the edge in the all-time series, 27-26.