No. 25 Cats Fall in Four to No. 16 Hawaii
The Wildcats had a slow start during the first game as they quickly fell behind 12-3 and burned both timeouts during that period. K-State regrouped to score 10 of the next 15 points, including three Rita Liliom kills, after being down by nine. With the Rainbow Wahine fighting back for the large point spread, Hawaii gained a 22-14 lead before creating a series of five errors that aided in bringing K-State to within one at 24-23. K-State continued to inch closer and tied the game at 25 with a Jenny Jantsch kill. After six more ties and five combined game points,
After losing their first game one of the year, the Wildcats found themselves trailing in game two at 5-3. A pair of Nataly Korobkova kills and Rainbow Wahine attack errors earned K-State a two-point lead at 7-5.
The Wildcats returned to the court in game three to score the first five points with two coming from block assists involving Korobkova and Megan Farr. Improved hitting in the third set helped K-State maintain a point lead as the Cats were ahead at 18-12 when
In the fourth game, K-State earned the first point on a Farr kill, but then allowed two three-point runs by
Two Wildcats finished with 20 or more kills, as Korobkova led the squad for the third time this season, knocking down 24. Liliom added 20 as the pair of Cats combined for 72 percent of the team’s 62 total kills and each finished with .200 hitting or better.
Four K-State members notched a service ace (Jantsch, Kelsey Chipman, Stacey Spiegelberg and Liliom) to continue the Cats’ streak of consecutive matches with a service ace, as the mark moves to 260 competitions.
Spiegelberg finished the night with 54 assists, which moves her to 3,186 career assists and to fourth in the K-State history books.
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