No. 25 K-State Earns 13th Straight Win Over Kansas, 3-0
Oct. 3, 2001
Manhattan - Behind the stellar performances of freshman Gabby Guerre and senior Liz Wegner, the 25th-ranked Kansas State women's volleyball team ran its winning streak over archrival Kansas to 13 matches with a 30-27, 30-21, 30-27 victory on Wednesday before 2,403 fans at Ahearn Field House.
With the win, Kansas State improves to 8-4 overall and 4-2 in Big 12 Conference play, while Kansas falls to 11-4 on the season and 2-4 in league action. The Jayhawks have now lost eight straight matches to Wildcats in Ahearn Field House dating back to 1994.
Kansas State controlled the statistics, tallying more kills (62-48) and digs (70-60) and a higher hitting percentage (.329 - .227) than Kansas. Both teams posted eight service errors, but the Wildcats added five aces to the Jayhawks' two. Kansas did tally more blocks, 8.5-5.5.
"This is a big win for us especially after an emotional loss on Monday to Nebraska," said head coach Suzie Fritz. "Kansas is a solid team. They play good defense and serve very aggressively. I thought we did a good job all-around, but I was really happy with the play of Gabby (Guerre). She really turned it up tonight. She is really developing into a good setter."
Wegner posted 19 kills on a season-best .472 hitting percentage with nine digs in the victory, while Jenny Pollard added her seventh double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs. Guerre turned her most impressive performance of the season with a near triple-double against the Jayhawks with seven kills with no errors on .583 hitting with 40 assists and career-high 17 digs. It marked the true freshman's third double-double in the last four matches. Senior Jayne Christen also went errorless on the night with eight kills on .471 hitting and three blocks.
Sophomore Abbie Jacobson turned in an impressive all-around performance in the loss, tallying a career-high 16 kills on .342 hitting with a career-high 19 digs and two solo blocks. Sophomore Sara Rome posted a double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs, while junior Molly Scavuzzo added 11 kills.
Kansas State will begin a two-match road trip on Saturday, as the Wildcats travel to Boulder, Colo. to face Colorado (7-4, 3-2 Big 12) at the Coors Events Center beginning at 7 p.m. The Wildcats swept the season series from the Buffaloes last season for the first time since 1987. Overall, K-State has won three in a row in the Coors Events Center.