K-State battles to beat Iowa State for the 11th straight time, 3-1
Oct. 10, 2001
Ames, Iowa - The Kansas State women's volleyball team ran its winning streak over Iowa State to 11 straight matches on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats fought off a stiff challenge from the Cyclones for a 30-16, 27-30, 30-24, 30-26 victory before 446 fans at Hilton Coliseum.
With the win, Kansas State improves to 9-5 and 5-3 in Big 12 Conference play, while Iowa State falls to 3-10 and 0-8 in league action. Although the Wildcats won their 11th straight over the Cyclones, they saw their 31-game winning streak fall with ISU's win in game two. K-State had not lost a game of a match to Iowa State since a 3-2 loss on Oct. 25, 1995.
Kansas State dominated the statistics, tallying nearly 20 more kills (69-50) and 16 more digs (108-92) to go along with a higher hitting percentage (.193 - .088) than Iowa State. The 108-dig total by the Wildcats was the third-highest in four-game match in school history.
In game one, Kansas State jumped out to a 4-0 lead then ran it to 8-2 before Iowa State closed within 9-8 on four straight points. After a Wildcat timeout, K-State rattled off 12 of the next 14 points, including nine consecutive with the score at 14-10, to take a convincing 23-10 lead. The Cyclones could get no closer than nine points, as the Wildcats won on its fourth game-point, 30-16. Senior Lisa Mimick posted a team-high seven kills with no errors on .700 hitting, while freshman Gabby Guerre added 13 assists and a team-best six digs.
The two teams battled back and forth in game two before Iowa State grabbed the lead for the first time with three straight points at 6-4. The Cyclones would maintain the lead and extended it to as many as seven points (20-13) before the Wildcats rallied to tie and take a two-point lead at 26-24 on impressive serving by sophomore Lauren Goehring. However, ISU would not die, rallying for two ties before taking the lead for good at 28-27. The Cyclones would earn its first game victory over the Wildcats in more than six years on their first game point, 30-27. Mimick led Kansas State with four kills, while junior Jenny Pollard had a team-best eight digs.
Riding the momentum of game two, Iowa State jumped out to a 4-1 lead before Kansas State rallied to tie it at 8-all then take its largest lead at 12-8. However, the Cyclones ran off four straight points to tie it at 12-all then the two teams battled through six ties and four lead changes before the Wildcats posted four points in a row for a 23-19 advantage. Kansas State won on its second game point, 30-24. Pollard turned in six kills and nine digs to lead the Wildcats.
In game four, the two teams continued to battle back and forth with eight lead changes and seven ties before Kansas State ran off three straight points for a 15-12 lead. However, Iowa State would score eight of the next nine points for a convincing 20-16 lead. Once again on the strong serve of Goehring, the Wildcats rallied off four consecutive points to tie it at 20-all. The two teams then traded the lead before Kansas State took the lead for good at 25-23. ISU wouldn't die, however, forcing the Wildcats to three match points before succumbing, 30-26.
Mimick led three Wildcats with double-digit kills in the victory with a season-best 19 on .357 hitting to go with 11 digs. Pollard posted the team's second double-double with 15 kills and a career-best 28 digs, while senior Jayne Christen continued her impressive play of late with 10 kills and five blocks. Guerre turned in her fourth double-double of the season with 50 assists and career-high 22 digs to go along with six kills. Goehring tallied a near triple-double with nine kills on .300 hitting with 14 digs and a career-high seven service aces. Goehring's ace total is the second-highest in a four-game match in school history.
Although she totaled a season-low seven kills and 12 digs, Liz Wegner became the fifth player in school history to tally 1,000 digs in a career. In the process, she became the fifth player to tally 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career.
Brittany Dalager paced Iowa State with 14 kills and 27 digs, while Julie Mitchell added 12 kills on .407 hitting with four blocks. Sara Stribe ran an effective offense with 41 assists to go with 19 digs.
Kansas State returns home from its two-match road trip on Saturday, Oct. 13, as the Wildcats play host to Baylor (11-4, 3-4 Big 12) at Ahearn Field House beginning at 7 p.m. K-State leads the all-time series, 7-4, but the Bears have won three of the four meetings.