K-State Battles #14 Texas A&M in a tight 3-1 loss
Oct. 22, 2001
College Station, Texas - Senior outside hitter Lisa Mimick turned in a career-best 22 kills, as the Kansas State women's volleyball team battled 14th-ranked Texas A&M down to the wire in a 30-28, 23-30, 34-32, 30-25 loss before 800 fans at the G. Rollie White Coliseum.
With the win, Texas A&M improves to 15-3 and 8-2 in Big 12 Conference play, while Kansas State falls to 11-6 and 7-4 in league action. The Wildcats remain winless in six visits to G. Rollie White Coliseum in school history.
Texas A&M edged K-State in the statistics with a higher hitting percentage (.218 to .215) and more kills (78-74), however, the Wildcats tallied more digs (106-105) and blocks (9.5-7).
The two teams battled back and forth in the opening set before Texas A&M ran off five straight points for an early 12-6 lead. However, Kansas State rallied to keep the game within reach, closing to one point on two occasions. After the Wildcats pushed the score to 21-20, the Aggies rattled off six of the next eight points for a commanding 27-22 lead. K-State once again closed to within a point at 29-28, however, Texas A&M won on the next play, 30-28. Senior Liz Wegner led the team with five kills, while junior Jenny Pollard added four kills and seven digs.
In game two, Kansas State scored three straight points with the score tied at 4-all then held the lead until Texas A&M rallied to tie the game at 10-all. The two teams battled through nine ties and seven lead changes before the Wildcats converted on back-to-back points for a 20-18 advantage. After the Aggies closed to within 22-21, K-State scored five of the next six points for a commanding 27-22 lead then won on its first game point, 30-23. The Wildcats, who used an impressive .364 hitting percentage in the victory, were led by Mimick's eight kills.
Texas A&M broke a 6-all tie in game three with four straight points then pushed the lead to as many as seven points. After a timeout, Kansas State went on an offensive spurt, scoring 10 of the next 14 points to tie the game at 23-all. The Aggies responded with five of the next eight points for a seemingly insurmountable 28-25 lead, however, the Wildcats battled through six game-point opportunities before losing 34-32. Mimick led the team with six kills and five digs.
In game four, Texas A&M jumped out to a 6-1 lead then pushed it to as many as six points. However, Kansas State rebounded to score eight of the next 10 points to tie the game at 16-all. The two teams then swapped the lead back and forth before the Aggies broke a 19-all tie with four straight points. The Wildcats rallied to within 25-23, however, they could get no closer, falling 30-25. Mimick tallied six kills in the final stanza, while sophomore Kris Jensen had 10 digs.
Mimick led four Wildcats with double-doubles on the night, as she posted a career-high 22 kills on .333 hitting with 18 digs. Wegner collected a season-best 22 digs to go with 18 kills, while sophomore Lauren Goehring added 11 kills and 15 digs. Freshman Gabby Guerre turned in her sixth double-double of the season with a career-best 63 assists and 17 digs.
Senior Brandi Mount led three Aggies in double-digit kills with 22 on .354 hitting, while fellow senior Erin Lechler added one of three double-doubles with 17 kills and 20 digs. Senior Michelle Cole posted a double-double with a match-high 32 digs to go with 12 kills.
Kansas State returns home on Wednesday, Oct. 24, as the Wildcats play host to Texas Tech (12-7, 5-5 Big 12) at Ahearn Field House beginning at 7 p.m. The Wildcats own a slight 8-7 advantage in the all-time series, however, they have won all five meetings against the Red Raiders at home. Tech earned a 3-1 win over K-State on Sept. 22 in Lubbock, Texas.