No. 16 Cats Host Sooners in Televised Match
The match will be broadcast live on FSN Midwest with a first serve set for 7 p.m. The tangle between KSU-OU can also be followed on either 1350 KMAN or through live stats on www.kstatesports.com.
K-State is coming off of its second straight sweep of a conference opponent after defeating Baylor 3-0 on Saturday in front of the largest home crowd this season of 1,056. The Wildcats posted .426 hitting, the highest against a Big 12 foe since Oct. 1, 2005, to win by scores of 30-16, 30-16, 30-20. Nataly Korobkova and Megan Farr each hit over .500 with double digit kills; Korobkova tallied 13 on .526 hitting, while Farr added 10 kills on .533 hitting. In addition, Korobkova converted on three consecutive service aces. Stacey Spiegelberg set a new career high in aces with six against the Bears along with 46 assists. Three Cats dished out more than five digs as Angie Lastra led the way with 10.
On the season, K-State has three attackers with triple-digit kills as right side hitter Korobkova leads with 163 to average 4.41. Outside hitter Rita Liliom has 143 kills (3.49 kpg) and middle blockers Kelsey Chipman and Megan Farr have 109 and 101, respectively. With over 100 kills, production from the middle has been strong as both Wildcats have been hitting better than .300. Stacey Spiegelberg leads in two categories: assists (541/13.20 apg) and service aces (24/0.59 sapg).
Leaders of the defense include senior Angie Lastra with 175 digs and a 4.27 digs per game average. Three Cats average more than one block per game: Farr has 65 total (eight solo, 57 assisted) to lead with a 1.59 average; Chipman has 54 total (1.32 bpg); Korobkova put back 44 block assists through 37 games (1.19 bpg).
The Sooners of Oklahoma will bring a 9-2 overall record; 2-0 Big 12 to Ahearn Field House on Wednesday. OU is coming off of two-straight wins against conference opponents last week, including a victory over then-No. 25
On Sept. 12, Oklahoma won a five-game match against the Aggies by scores of 26-30, 26-30, 30-27, 30-24, 15-13 in College Station in front of 2,363 fans. The Sooners hit .209 as a team and were led by two hitters with over 20 kills each. Mariana Blum converted on 24 kills while Bridget Laplante tallied 21 and finished as the only member with hitting above .300 (.354). Julie Chester had 65 assists and Hannah Sharp recorded 24 digs.
Blum and Laplante lead the Sooners in kills with 148 and 142, respectively, on the year with each averaging over 3.50 kills per game. They also lead in service aces: Blum has 20 (0.53 sapg) and Laplante has recorded 16 (0.42 sapg). While Sharp tops the team in digs with 167 (4.39 dpg), Blum is second with 150 (3.95 dpg).
Chipman is currently third on the team in kills with 109 (2.66 kpg) on .328 hitting percentage. The product of
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In the first match of the year, the two teams were nearly evenly matched in the final box score, but OU won out 27-30, 30-21, 21-30, 30-27, 15-8. The Wildcats, with three hitters in double-digit kills, hit .222 on the night. Megan Kroeker led with 17 kills and had help from Megan Farr with 15 and Angie Lastra who tallied 14. Stacey Spiegelberg finished with 58 assists. Five Cats had double-digit digs: Lauren Rosenthal 17, Sandy Werner 14, Jenny Jantsch 13, Spiegelberg 13, Lastra 12.
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The Wildcats sits among the top of the conference in terms of numbers they are allowing opponents. Through all matches, K-State is in the top four in five categories (hitting percentage, kills, assists, service aces and digs by opponents). The Wildcats lead in the lowest number of opponent kills with 12.10 per game and in lowest number of assists allowed with 11.54 per game.
In conference only matches, K-State is in the top two in all six categories (hitting percentage, kills, assists, service aces, blocks and digs). K-State has forced the lowest hitting percentage of any Big 12 school during conference matches, with an average of .141. KSU also has allowed the lowest amount of digs by conference opponents (