Wildcats Off to Best Start in Fritz Era
Game one opened with Kansas State (5-0, 0-0 Big 12) trailing by as much as eight, 13-5, but came charging back with a five-point rally on the backs of senior Agata Rezende and junior Sandy Werner. The pair registered kills during the run, which forced a Lady Razorback timeout. The Wildcats were able to cut the deficit to two, 15-13, on a Joy Hamlin and Stacey Spiegelberg tandem block. Arkansas (4-1, 0-0 SEC) answered with a four-point run to push their lead to 19-13, in which the Lady Razorbacks would not surrender.
In the opening frame, K-State hit just .216 compared to
K-State opened game two with three kills by Hamlin for a 3-1 edge.
Leading K-State in game two was Hamlin with five kills, followed by four apiece from Rezende and Werner. The Wildcats were able to outhit the Lady Razorbacks with a percentage of .357 to .341.
After starting the third stanza down 5-0, K-State was able to battle back and take a 9-8 lead on behalf of consecutive kills by sophomore Rita Lilliom. This would propel the Wildcats into the lead until a tie at 23. Over this period there were 13 ties and one lead change, in favor of
For game three, K-State was led by Lilliom with five kills and Rezende with four. The Lady Razorbacks had a hitting percentage of .370, while the Wildcats tallied a .149.
The fourth game opened with six ties and two lead changes,
In game four, the Wildcats were led by Hamlin with seven kills and one block assist and Rezende with five kills. Spiegelberg recorded 16 assists in the game. The Wildcats hit .245, while
A Lilliom service ace in game five pushed the K-State lead to 6-3 and forced the Lady Razorbacks into a timeout.
Rezende and Hamlin led K-State with 20 kills apiece. It is a new career-high for Hamlin and is the second straight effort of 20 or more by Rezende. Spiegelberg tallied her second career double-double with a career-high 67 assists and 10 digs, which is the first time a Wildcat has surpassed 65 or more assists since Gabby Guerre had 71 at Baylor on Nov. 13, 2004.
Lilliom and junior Jamie Perkins led four Wildcats in double figures for digs with 13, followed by sophomore Angie Lastra with 11 and Spiegelberg at 10.
The 5-0 mark by the Wildcats is the best start in head coach Suzie Fritz’s five-year tenure at
The Wildcats will open its home season at Ahearn Field House on Tuesday, September 6. K-State hosts Creighton at 7 p.m.