Oct. 2, 2010
COLLEGE STATION, Texas. – In a match with heavy conference standings early in the season, the Wildcats came away with an upset on the road over Texas A&M with a sweep over the Aggies. Kansas State got the win 25-19, 25-19, 29-27 in commanding fashion distributing the ball well offensively and coming up with big plays when the Wildcats needed them most to go into a five-way tie for second place in the Big 12 Conference standings.
Freshman middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger kept the hot hand and posted her fourth straight match with double digits in kills and hitting higher than .350. Pelger led the way with 12 kills and hit .370 on the night while adding six digs, three blocks and a service ace. Sophomore opposite Kathleen Ludwig came on strong with a double-double posting 10 kills and 10 digs in the win and hitting an impressive .421. Senior libero Lauren Mathewson just missed another 20-dig match keeping the ball alive 19 times against the Aggies. She has shined against the Aggies in her career setting a school record for digs in a five-set match last season against A&M with 41 in Manhattan.
K-State (9-7, 3-2 Big 12) was able to get the rare road sweep in Big 12 play thanks to the resiliency of the Wildcats winning a number of long rallies in the fifth set. Texas A&M (9-6, 3-2) fought off three match points before K-State would get a kill by Pelger to get a fourth. The Aggies could not handle an attack by K-State and a poor set caused A&M to hit the ball into the net giving the Wildcats their second road win in conference play. The Wildcats have now won three of the last four against the Aggies in College Station.
The Wildcats were the first team to score consecutive points to lead by two points before they exchanged points with the Aggies the next 11 points before A&M tied it up 11-11. K-State responded with two four-point runs thanks to five kills by Pelger in the opening set. In the first stanza, Chisholm tallied just one kill on 14 swings, but the Wildcats found enough offense from Pelger as she pounded out five without an error to hit .625. Kathleen Ludwig added three kills and a pair of aces in helping K-State win 25-19 to start the match.
K-State rolled in the second set as the Wildcats held the Aggies to a negative hitting percentage before winning the set 25-19. The Wildcats scored seven straight points to take an early 8-4 lead and used another four-point run to extend the lead to 15-7. The Wildcats pushed the Aggies back into a corner leading 24-15 before A&M tried to make a comeback.
The Wildcats return home for two matches next week as they will take on Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Wednesday night from Ahearn Field House on Fox Sports Kansas City and then take on No. 13 Texas on Saturday.