No. 25 K-State Continues Winning Ways with 3-1 defeat of Texas
Nov. 7, 2001
Austin, Texas - Behind a near triple-double by freshman setter Gabby Guerre, the 25th-ranked Kansas State women's volleyball team earned their sixth straight win over Texas on Wednesday night in a 3-1 win (30-22, 30-13, 27-30, 30-26) before 1,273 fans at the Gregory Gym.
With the win, Kansas State improves to 15-7 and 11-5 in Big 12 Conference play, while Texas falls to 13-10 and 7-8 in league action. After dominating the series from 1981-98 with eight consecutive wins, Texas has now lost six straight to K-State, including three in a row at home.
Kansas State dominated the statistics across the board, posting 15 more kills (70-55) and four more digs (66-62), while hitting at a higher percentage (.325 - .119).
In game one, Texas held the lead for much of the early going until Kansas State tied it and took its first lead at 10-9. The two teams then battled through seven lead changes and five ties before the Wildcats collected back-to-back points for a 16-14 lead. With the momentum firmly in grasp, K-State scored five of the next seven points before pushing the lead to as many as eight in an eventual 30-22 victory. The Wildcats recorded a .302 hitting percentage in the game, while holding the Longhorns to just .071 hitting. Senior Lisa Mimick posted five kills, while sophomore Cari Jensen and Guerre added four kills apiece.
Kansas State took a tight 5-4 advantage in game two and blew it open on the serve of Mimick, as the Wildcats rallied off seven straight points for a convincing 11-4 advantage. An overwhelmed Texas squad could get no closer than six points, as K-State ran off points in bunches in a 30-13 victory. The Wildcats made just three hitting errors in 38 attacks for a stellar .395 hitting, while holding the Longhorns to a negative .026 hitting percentage. Mimick collected a team-high six kills and five digs, while junior Jenny Pollard added four kills.
Similar to game one, Texas took the early lead in game three until Kansas State rallied to tie it and take its first lead at 9-8. The two teams then battled through four ties and four lead changes before the Wildcats posted back-to-back points for a 14-12 advantage. After K-State pushed it to 18-14, Texas earned eight of the next 11 points to take a 22-21 lead. The Wildcats rallied to tie it 27-all, however, the Longhorns scored the last three points for a 30-27 win. Mira Topic collected 12 of Texas' 20 kills in the victory. Jensen added five for Kansas State.
In game four, Kansas State jumped out to a 7-2 lead and pushed its advantage to as many as seven before Texas closed the gap to 14-10. However, the Wildcats scored six of next seven points, including four on the serve of Guerre, for a 20-11 lead. The Longhorns wouldn't die, scoring 10 of the next 12 points, to close within 29-26, however, the Wildcats won on the next point for a 30-26 win. Mimick again led the team with six kills.
Four Wildcats posted double-doubles in the match led by Guerre's near triple-double with 10 kills, 46 assists and nine digs. Mimick turned in her 10th double-double of the season with 20 kills on .425 hitting with a team-tying 14 digs and four blocks, while Jensen added 15 kills, 10 digs and four blocks. Pollard posted her 11th double-double of the year with 11 kills and 13 digs.
Freshman Mira Topic paced the Longhorns with 21 kills and 17 digs, while fellow freshman Bethany Howden tossed in 14 kills and team-high six blocks.
Kansas State returns home on Saturday, Nov. 10, as the Wildcats play host to 21st-ranked Colorado (15-7, 10-4 Big 12) at Ahearn Field House beginning at 7 p.m. The Buffaloes took the first meeting on Oct. 6 by a score of 30-20, 30-27, 30-28, 31-29 in Boulder, Colo.