No. 5 UCLA Denies K-State of Upset Bid
Junior Nataly Korobkova led the Cats offensively as she contributed 22 of the team’s 64 kills with a .333 hitting percentage. The native of
Stacey Spiegelberg produced numbers on all sides, finishing with a team-high 52 assists. The product of
With a 21-dig effort, Angie Lastra became
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The Wildcats came out for the second game and evenly battled with the Bruins until a three-point UCLA run to pull the Bruins ahead 7-4. The Cats had a kill from Korobkova and Jenny Jantsch to pull within one before another UCLA three-point run and K-State’s second timeout at 10-6. The Cats continued to claw their way back into the game and were within two or less points on nine occasions, including a period after three-straight kills. Despite the fight, UCLA ended the second game in the same fashion as the first with a four-point run to end the game at 30-25.
Out of the five-minute break, K-State made a strong push to force a game four as the Cats jumped out to a 10-3 lead with a large effort from Jantsch, who had two block assists, one kill and a service ace in that span. K-State continued to have strong production from the hitters, including seven kills from Korobkova, that proved too much for the fifth-ranked Bruins. The Cats finished the game with a four-point run of their own to win 30-19 on .417 hitting.
UCLA jumped out to a 4-2 advantage in the fourth game before K-State rallied back to a 5-4 lead with two Liliom kills and a service ace from Kelsey Chipman. The game had nine ties before the Bruins gained momentum with a three-point run to lead 15-13 before a KSU timeout. The Wildcats came out of the break with five-unanswered points to earn their largest lead with an 18-15 score. After a Bruin timeout, K-State held onto the lead until UCLA took over at 27-26 and won the game and match 30-27.
The Wildcats will return home to host their home tournament, the Varney’s Kansas State Invitational, which is set for Fri.-Sat., Sept. 7-8. K-State will welcome