Cats Unable to Slow Top-Ranked Huskers
LINCOLN, Neb. The 17th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats were handed their first 3-0 loss of the year in the home of the nation’s top-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers on Wednesday in Lincoln, Neb. K-State lost by scores of 16-30, 16-30, 25-30 to fall to 13-4 on the season and 5-2 in the conference. In front of a packed house of 4,115 at the Nebraska Coliseum, the Huskers improved to 13-0, 6-0 Big 12.
Junior Nataly Korobkova led the Wildcats with 19 kills on the night, including 11 in the third game. She also tallied six digs and two service aces. Rita Liliom and Megan Farr each recorded six kills for the Wildcats, who finished with a team hitting percentage of .117.
Senior Stacey Spiegelberg registered her 22nd career double-double and second of the season as she tallied 30 assists and had a team-high 10 digs. She also converted on the Cats’ first service ace of the night to continue K-State’s nation-leading streak of matches with one or more aces.
Four other K-State members had five or more digs on the night. Angie Lastra finished with eight, while Korobkova added six and Lauren Mathewson and Rita Liliom each had five.
A six-point start propelled the undefeated Huskers at the start of the first game and forced the Wildcats to call a timeout after an NU 4-0 lead. K-State earned its first point on a Korobkova kill and completed a two-point string after a Husker attack error. With both teams having effective sideouts, the Wildcats remained four points back with a final time at 9-5 on Korobkova’s second kill of the night. The Huskers then scored four unanswered to gain a 13-5 advantage and force the final KSU timeout. Out of the break, KSU scored two straight with a
The second game had the Huskers again gain an early lead at 5-1 including four straight. Jenny Jantsch and Kelsey Chipman hushed the
As the Wildcats fought to avoid their first sweep of the season, KSU earned its first lead of the match with the first two points of the set on Farr and Korobkova kills. K-State withheld the top-ranked Huskers from the lead until NU gained the advantage at 6-5. With a service ace from Spiegelberg to continue the nation’s longest ace streak at 272 matches of at least one, K-State regained the lead at 7-6. When the Huskers took over at 10-9, K-State responded with six-unanswered points including two service aces from Korobkova to earn a 15-10 lead.
The Wildcats will return home to Ahearn Field House to compete against the other ranked Big 12 member, as No. 7 Texas travels to