MANHATTAN, Kan. The 22nd ranked Kansas State volleyball team secured its 10th win in 11 chances on Saturday night at Ahearn Field House, breezing past Texas Tech, 3-0 (30-17, 30-18, 30-27).
The last time a Kansas State team opened the season 10-1 was in 1996. That squad finihed 26-9 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. It was the first team in K-State history to reach the NCAA Division I postseason.
Junior middle blocker Joy Hamlin paced the Wildcats (10-1, 2-0 Big 12) in kills with a match-high 15 on a .545 hitting percentage and a team-leading five block assists. Also recording double digits was junior outside hitter Sandy Werner with 12.
Sophomore setter Stacey Spiegelberg recorded her 500th career assist on the first point of the match. The Overland Park, Kan., native finished with 48, four kills, four digs and three block assists. The 48 assists are a new career-best in a three-game match for Spiegelberg. Sophomore libero Angie Lastra recorde 15 digs, the 22nd time in her career she has surpassed 15 or more in a match and 35th time of 10 or more.
K-State jumped on the Red Raiders (6-5, 0-2) immediately after a ceremony commemorating head coach Suzie Fritz’s 100th career win on Wednesday night. The Wildcats built an 8-2 lead before Texas Tech called timeout.
Kansas State continued its offensive barrage in the opening frame and finished with a .667 hitting percentage on 20 kills. The percentage was a season-best for a game. Hamlin was a perfect seven-of-seven in the frame with two block assists.
The Wildcats continued to blister the other end of the floor in game two, tallying a .613 hitting percentage on 21 kills. Hamlin had six kills on seven attempts, just missing a perfect frame after an attack was dug by the Red Raiders.
In game three, the Red Raiders mounted a strong effort. Texas Tech was able to battle back from an early 14-9 deficit to pull within one at 23-22.
With the score 27-25 Kansas State and Texas Tech making a charge with an attack, redshirt freshman Jenny Jantsch made a spectacular dig to save the match for the Wildcats. Jantsch went into the signage bordering the northside of the floor to recover an errant touch by K-State. The Wildcats were able to force the ball over the net, bringing the largest crowd this season of 1,350 to its feet. Texas Tech consequently hit the attack into the net, ending hopes for the game three win.
For the night, K-State hit a season-best .470 while holding Texas Tech to a .213.
Kansas State will conclude a two-match homestand on Wednesday night with its final regular season non-conference match. The Wildcats will host South Dakota State at 6 p.m. in Ahearn Field House.