Oct. 1, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Kansas State Wildcats could not extend their winning streak into double digits as the Texas A&M Aggies brought it to a halt with a sweep over the Wildcats. K-State fell in straight sets 22-25, 20-25, 18-25 as the offense could not get through the block of the Aggies.
A&M (13-3, 2-1) entered the match as the worst blocking team in the Big 12 Conference, but it did not show on Saturday night as the Aggies posted 10 stuffs against the Wildcats. Middle blocker Lindsey Miller was in on nine of those blocks to make her contribution to the win for the Aggies. K-State (13-4, 2-1) was led by Lilla Porubek on the attack with 12 kills and an impressive .476 hitting percentage. The Wildcats could not find her any consistent help in the match, however, as Kaitlynn Pelger struggled with a hitting percentage of just .083 and eight kills. Courtney Traxson added six kills for the Wildcats, and Kathleen Ludwig had four in the losing effort. Kuulei Kabalis led the Wildcats with 11 digs on the night.
Senior outside hitter Kelsey Black was the main offensive weapon for the Aggies as she posted a strong 16 kills for the three sets on a .357 hitting percentage. Black also had a double-double as she added 10 digs.
The Wildcats opened the match with a pair of 3-0 runs early to pull ahead 12-6, but the Aggies responded with an 11-4 run of their own to take the lead 17-16 and force K-State to use both its timeouts during the span. The Wildcats had a number of service errors and the Aggies posted three blocks down the stretch to aide in besting K-State in the opening stanza 25-22.
In the second set, K-State used a 4-0 run to take a 12-10 lead. That lead would be short-lived, however, as the Aggies answered with eight straight points to pull ahead 18-12. A&M would not surrender the lead even as K-State applied pressure cutting the lead to three points twice, but it was not enough. The Aggies pulled ahead 2-0 heading into the intermission break and the Wildcats were hitting .132 compared to A&M’s .200 as Black had seven kills in the second set alone.
K-State could not find another consistent offensive threat against the Aggies throughout the match, and that continued in the third set as A&M would pull away every time the Wildcats came within striking distance. Multiple times when the Wildcats came within two points, the Aggies answered with quick points to again extend the lead and keep the pressure on K-State. The Aggies would eventually get the win in the third set 25-18 as K-State could not keep up with their opponent.
The Wildcats return home to take on No. 16 Iowa State at 7 p.m. Wednesday from Ahearn Field House. The match will be televised by Metro Sports out of Kansas City and will also be available across the state on Cox Communications channel 22.