#22 K-State Runs Win Streak to Five in sweep of Baylor, 3-0
Nov. 14, 2001
Waco, Texas - The 22nd-ranked Kansas State women's volleyball ran their winning streak to a season-long five matches, as the Wildcats swept the season series from Baylor for the first time since 1998 on Wednesday with a 3-0 win (30-25, 34-32, 30-27) before 414 fans at the Ferrell Center.
With the win, improves to 17-7 and 13-5 in Big 12 Conference play, while Baylor falls to 17-9 and 8-9 in league action. The win was the Wildcats' third in a row away from home and evened their road record to 5-5 on the year.
Kansas State was outkilled (55-52) and outdug (66-56) in the match, but posted a higher hitting percentage (.253-.205) to go with more aces (6-3) and more blocks (8.5-5).
Baylor maintained the lead for much of the early part of game one until Kansas State ran off five straight points to tie the game then take its first lead. After the Bears rallied to tie it at 14-all, the two teams battled through six ties before the Wildcats scored three straight points for a 23-20. K-State pushed the lead to 27-22 then scored the last three points of the game for a 30-25 win. Junior Jenny Pollard and sophomore Lauren Goehring led the attack with five kills each.
In game two, Baylor once again kept the early lead, battling through two ties, to take a four-point advantage at 15-11. However, Kansas State rallied to score seven of the next nine points to take its first lead at 18-17. After the Wildcats pushed it to 20-18, the Bears turned in a rally of their own, scoring eight of the next 11 points for a 26-23. With Baylor holding game point at 29-26, K-State came up with another huge rally, scoring four straight points to post its first-game point opportunity at 30-29. The two teams battled back and forth over the next few points until the Wildcats earned the win, 34-32. Senior Lisa Mimick led with six kills and seven digs.
Down 7-4 in game three, Kansas State rattled off six straight points on the impressive serve of sophomore Kris Jensen to take a 10-7. Although Baylor stayed close much of the way, the Wildcats built a five-point lead on three occasions then won on their second game point, 30-27. Goehring added six kills on .857 hitting in game, while senior Liz Wegner added six kills.
Goehring paced the three Wildcats in double-digit kills, as she turned in 14 kills on a stellar .619 hitting. Pollard and Wegner tallied 11 kills apiece, while Mimick added eight kills and a team-best 15 digs. Sophomore Kris Jensen also performed well for the Wildcats, earning 10 digs and a team-best two service aces. Freshman Gabby Guerre captured her 10th double-double with 42 assists and 10 digs.
Junior Stevie Nicholas led three Bears in double-digit kills with a match-high 18, while seniors Tisha Schwartz and Tatiana Kenon added 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Senior Kimmy Scott tallied a match-high 17 digs to lead the team defensively, while senior Dana Chuha posted an all-around effort with five kills, 43 assists and nine digs.
Kansas State returns home for the final match of the season on Saturday, Nov. 17, as the Wildcats play host to 13th-ranked Texas A&M (21-4, 14-3 Big 12) at the Ahearn Field House beginning at 7 p.m. It will be the final home match for three K-State seniors - Jayne Christen, Lisa Mimick and Liz Wegner. The Aggies hold a narrow 7-5 advantage in the all-time series against the Wildcats, however, they are 0-5 all-time at Ahearn Field House.