K-State Holds Off Texas Tech, 3-2
Oct. 2, 2002
Manhattan, Kan. - Junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring paced four Kansas State players in double-digit kills with a career-tying 19 kills on .484 hitting, as the Wildcats posted a dramatic 30-20, 28-30, 30-18, 28-30, 15-12 win over Texas Tech on Wednesday evening before 674 fans at Ahearn Field House.
"This is a great win for us to take into the bye weekend," said Wildcat head coach Suzie Fritz. "It was also a critical win for the morale of this team. We're really young in a lot places and I thought we came out and responded to the challenge in game one after the disappointing loss to Texas. We struggled in games two and four, but really turned in on when we needed it in game five."
With the win, Kansas State improved to 7-6 on the season and 3-2 in Big 12 Conference play, while Texas Tech dropped to 6-7 overall and 1-3 in league play. The Wildcats improve to 10-7 all-time against the Red Raiders, including 7-0 in matches played in the friendly confines of Ahearn Field House.
Kansas State tallied season-highs in kills (70), digs (89) and blocks (15.0) in winning their fifth straight five-game home match dating back to Sept. 26, 2001. Texas Tech posted more kills (73) and aces (five), but was outhit by K-State, .238 to .129.
Goehring matched her career-high in kills that she set in the NCAA Tournament match against Arkansas on Nov. 30, 2001, while adding a season-best eight blocks. Junior outside hitter Cari Jensen turned in near-season high 15 kills in the win, while senior co-captain Jennifer Pollard registered her team-best sixth double-double with 13 kills and 21 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Lisa Martin tapped 14 kills on .379 hitting to go with six blocks. Sophomore setter Gabby Guerre was impressive all-around in the win, as she posted six kills on .333 hitting with 56 assists, nine digs and a career-high seven blocks.
Junior libero Laura Downey-Wallace posted the third-most digs in a match in school history with a career-high 32 on the night. Downey-Wallace has now tallied double-digit digs in 12 of the 13 matches, including 20 or more on five occasions.
Senior outside hitter Melissa McGehee was one of three Texas Tech players with a double-double, as she tallied a match-high 21 kills and 14 digs. Junior outside hitter Angela Mooney collected an impressive all-around performance with 19 kills, a team-high two service aces, 12 digs and six blocks, while sophomore outside hitter Kelly Johnson added 14 kills. Redshirt sophomore setter Laura Grote had the team's other double-double with a match-high 60 assists and 12 digs.
Kansas State takes a much-needed rest on Saturday before returning to Big 12 Conference play on Wednesday, Oct. 9 with a match against Oklahoma at the Howard McCasland Fieldhouse in Norman, Okla., beginning at 7 p.m.