MANHATTAN, Kan. The 24th-ranked Kansas State volleyball team suffered defeat for the first time in 2005, dropping the final match of the Varney’s Kansas State Invitational to fifth-ranked Minnesota, 3-1 (30-25, 30-22, 26-30, 30-25).
Leading the Wildcats (8-1, 0-0 Big 12) was senior Agata Rezende with 20 kills, five digs and three block assists. The Franca, Brazil product recorded her third 20 kill match of the season and her career. Also tallying double-figures in kills were juniors Joy Hamlin and Sandy Werner with 12 and 10, respectively.
Sophomore Stacey Spiegelberg dished out 51 assists to go along with seven kills, six digs, two block assists and one service ace. It is the fourth time in her career that the Overland Park, Kan., native has surpassed the 50 assist mark and second time this weekend.
Minnesota (6-1, 0-0 Big 10) jumped on the Wildcats early with a .378 hitting percentage and 18 kills in the opening frame. The Golden Gopher defense was just as tough as its offense in game two, holding the Wildcats to a .087 hitting percentage.
K-State was able to breakthrough in game three with a .279 hitting percentage and 19 kills. Rezende regsistered seven kills and Spiegelberg had 15 assists in the frame.
The Golden Gophers were able to secure the win with 16 kills and a .250 hitting percentage in the fourth stanza. Leading the four players in double figure kills for Minnesota in the match was Meredith Nelson with 15.
The Wildcats will open Big 12 Conference action at Oklahoma on Wednesday, September 14. Match time in Norman is scheduled for 7 p.m. The match will be carried live on 1350 KMAN in Manhattan.