Hamlin, Wildcats Attack Red Raiders
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
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.
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
For the night, K-State hit a season-best .470 while holding Texas Tech to a .213.