K-State Comeback Comes Up Short
COLLEGE STATION, Texas Kansas State’s late comeback against Texas A&M on Friday night came up just short, as the Aggies defeated K-State, 3-2 (30-28, 30-26, 20-30, 20-30, 15-10). The Wildcats have now lost four straight matches and are now 0-3 in Big 12 play for the first time and the first time in conference play since 1993.
Junior setter Stacey Spiegelberg dished out 46 assists to move into sixth on the K-State career assist list. The
Junior libero Angie Lastra carded a match-high 29 digs for her fourth straight match of 20-or more digs. She is the first Wildcat in the rally scoring era (2001-present) to register 20-or more digs in four consecutive matches. The product of
The Aggies were led by Sarah Ammerman with 18 kills, while Mary Batis registered a double-double with 15 kills and 20 digs.
Game one was a back and forth affair, as the teams were tied 15 times and exchanged the lead six times. The Aggies reached game point at 29-24 on the heels of a late 9-4 run. The Wildcats fended off game point four times with a Werner kill, an A&M attack error and a Tiffany Johnson kill, forcing an Aggies’ timeout. A Jenny Jantsch kill brought the Wildcats to 29-28, before an A&M kill ended the frame, 30-28.
The Wildcats were led in the opening game by Werner with five kills, while Kroeker chipped in three kills on a .600 hitting percentage. K-State registered a .231 hitting percentage, but were edged by A&M’s .300.
K-State held a late lead in game two at 24-22 on a Kroeker and Gabruseva block, forcing an A&M timeout. After the timeout, Texas A&M went on an 8-2 run to win the second game, 30-26. K-State registered a .114 hitting percentage, while Texas A&M carded a .245.
The Wildcats secured the lead in game three, 11-10, on a Werner kill. K-State eventually stretched the advantage to 10 on a Lastra service ace to make it 27-17. The Wildcats captured the game on a Gabruseva kill, 30-20. K-State hit an impressive .343, while limiting A&M to a .000 with 11 kills and 11 attack errors.
After trailing briefly to start game four, K-State forced the match to a fifth game with a second 30-20 win. The Wildcats used a 5-0 run late in the frame to distance themselves from the Aggies. The Wildcats were led by Gabruseva with five kills, while Werner and Kroeker chipped in four apiece. K-State tallied a .234 hitting percentage, while Texas A&M recorded a .073.
Texas A&M dashed out to an early 6-1 lead and never looked back, taking the deciding game, 15-10.