Oct. 6, 2001
Boulder, Colo. -
The 25th-ranked Kansas State women's volleyball team saw its three-match winning streak at the Coors Events Center fall on Saturday night, as the Buffaloes posted a 30-20, 27-30, 30-28, 31-29 victory before 1, 039 fans.
With the win, Colorado improves to 9-4 and 4-2 in Big 12 Conference play, while Kansas State falls to 8-5 and 4-3 in league action. The Buffaloes earned their first victory over the Wildcats at the Coors Events Center since a 3-0 win on Nov. 15, 1997.
Colorado dominated the statistics, tallying nearly 20 more kills (80-57) and 33 more digs (88-55) to along with a higher hitting percentage (.232 - .176) than Kansas State.
In game one, Colorado took control early with seven straight points for a 7-1 lead. Kansas State then closed to within 7-4 on three straight points, but the Buffaloes rolled off four straight to push the lead to 11-4. Colorado would extend its advantage to as many as 10 points in an eventual 30-20 victory. Led by Sonja Russell's five kills on .625 hitting, the Buffaloes recorded an impressive .444 hitting in the win. Senior Lisa Mimick and sophomore Cari Jensen each recorded three kills for the Wildcats, who were held to .156 hitting in the loss.
The two teams battled back and forth in game two with Kansas State holding a three-point lead on three separate occasions before Colorado battled back to take its first lead at 12-11 on four straight points. The Buffaloes ran their lead to 19-13 before the Wildcats roared back to tie the game at 24-all. After Colorado gained a two-point cushion at 26-24, K-State scored the next four points for a 28-26 lead then evened the match at 1-all on back-to-back points. The Wildcats improved their hitting to .316 in game two, while holding the Buffaloes to .196. Liz Wegner paced the team with six kills, while freshman Jami Sleichter added a team-high four digs.
The battle continued after the break with the two teams fighting each other through seven ties and seven lead changes. After Colorado rolled off four straight points with the game tied at 17-all, K-State closed to within one point on several occasions before tying it at 28-all. The Buffaloes would then get back-to-back kills for a 30-28 victory. The Wildcats would get four kills apiece from senior Jayne Christen and sophomores Lauren Goehring and Cari Jensen.
After Colorado jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the pivotal game four, Kansas State roared back to tie it twice then took the lead at 14-13. The Wildcats extended its lead to as many as four points before the Buffaloes rallied to tied it twice then take a late 28-26 lead. K-State rallied to tie it at 28-all then held its first only game point, 29-28, before Colorado made a comeback in a 31-29 victory. Wegner and Goehring tallied four kills apiece, while Mimick added six digs.
Playing in front of her numerous friends and family, Jensen poured in a season-best 13 kills on .323 hitting, while Goehring posted an all-around performance with 12 kills, seven blocks and five digs. Wegner recorded 12 kills and six digs in the losing effort and Mimick added a team-high 15 digs to go with six kills and five blocks. Sleichter tied a season-high with 12 digs.
Sonja Russell led four Buffaloes in double-digit kills with 22 to go along with 17 digs. Monique Gerlach posted 15 kills on .345 hitting with 18 digs, while Sara Villwock added 13 kills and a match-high 22 digs. Elizabeth Gower ran the Colorado offense to near perfection, totaling 66 assists, eight kills, seven digs and six blocks.
Kansas State continues its two-match road trip on Wednesday, Oct. 10, as the Wildcats travel to Ames, Iowa to face Iowa State (3-8, 0-6 Big 12) at Hilton Coliseum beginning at 7 p.m. The Cyclones lead the all-time series, 33-25, however, the Wildcats have won 10 in a row dating back to 1996.