Cats End Skid, Sweep Aggies
MANHATTAN, Kan. The 16th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats halted a two-match losing streak and extended No. 23 Texas A&M’s losing streak to five, winning 3-0 (30-16, 30-21, 30-22) on Saturday afternoon. It was the first win this season for K-State over a ranked opponent and first win over a ranked opponent at home since Nov. 27, 2004 against No. 24 Missouri.
The Wildcats (12-3, 3-2 Big 12) saw three players reach double figures in kills with junior Sandy Werner leading the way with 14 kills and a match-high and personal season-high with a .737 hitting percentage. It is the third time this season the
Other Wildcats in double figures were junior Joy Hamlin with 12 and senior Agata Rezende with 10. Hamlin registered a .500 hitting percentage on 18 total attacks and recorded three blocks. With the 12 kills, Hamlin surpassed the 300-mark for her career and now has 306. Rezende tallied a .529 hitting percentage to go along with four digs, three blocks and two service aces.
Sophomore setter Stacey Spiegelberg dished out 44 assists on the afternoon, reaching the 40-barrier for the first time since Sept. 17 against Texas Tech. It was the 10th time in her career she has reached 40 or more assists in her career.
Sophomore Angie Lastra tallied 13 of K-State’s 36 digs for the day. The
Texas A&M (7-6, 0-4 Big 12) was led by Laura Jones with a match-high 18 kills on 38 total attempts.
The Wildcats jumped out to their fastest start of the season, with a 7-0 lead. Redshirt freshman Jenny Jantsch tallied back-to-back service aces to open game one and registered a third to extend the K-State lead to 6-0.
In the first frame, K-State hit .577 with 17 kills and just two attack errors. Texas A&M was held to 10 kills and a .200 hitting percentage. Werner helped push K-State to the game one win with seven kills on eight chances and a .875 hitting percentage.
Game two was more of the same from the Wildcats, recording a .342 hitting percentage and 17 kills. The Aggies hit just .176 with 14 kills in the stanza.
K-State was able to put together runs of six and five points in game three to fend off the Aggies. For the frame, K-State hit .452 with 17 kills, and held Texas A&M to 14 kills and a .257.
The Wildcats tallied a season-high nine service aces, including a career-high four from Jantsch. K-State registered a .442 hitting percentage for the match, while Texas A&M hit .212. The Wildcats also held a significant edge in blocks, 11.5 to zero. It is the first time this season the Wildcats have not had an attack blocked.