MANHATTAN, Kan. Three Kansas State Wildcats in double-digit kills were not enough to contain No. 7 Texas, as the Longhorns won 3-2 in Ahearn Field House Saturday. Texas captured the five-game match by scores of 30-26, 25-30, 30-27, 22-30, 15-9 to drop the 17th-ranked Wildcats to 13-5 on the season and 5-3 in the Big 12. Texas improves to 10-3; 6-1 in the conference and has won six-straight Big 12 contests.
K-State’s attack was led by junior Nataly Korobkova, who converted for 23 kills and 10 digs to tally her fourth career double-double. She finished with eight kills alone in the third game and also recorded all of KSU’s five kills in the fifth game. The Krasnoyarsk, Russia, native added three service aces as part of K-State’s total of 13, a season-tying team high. Rita Liliom and Kelsey Chipman each recorded double-digit kills, tallying 14 and 10, respectively.
Senior Stacey Spiegelberg finished with 59 assists and seven digs against the Longhorns. With one service aces, Spiegelberg moved into a tie for seventh with Kathy Saxton (1989-92) in the K-State record books, having 120 career aces. Senior Angie Lastra had her 25th match of 20 or more digs as she dished out 21 on Saturday. The product of Carolina, Puerto Rico, also had three service aces, tying her season high which she has achieved on three other occasions.
Kansas State finished with 10.5 team blocks, as Megan Farr and Chipman each finished with five. Farr had one solo and four assisted, while Chipman put back five block assists.
The Longhorns’ .285 hitting was led by Destinee Hooker, who notched 18 kills, eight digs and seven block assists. Freshman Julianne Faucette registered 15 kills on .290 hitting and added one ace, five digs and five block assists. Brady Magee and Lauren Paolini each recorded over 10 kills; Magee finished with 13 and Paolini notched 11.
Texas senior Michelle Moriarty ended the night with a double-double after dishing out 55 assists and 10 digs. Alyson Jennings led with 11 digs, and Ashley Engle put up 10. Texas knocked down 18.5 team blocks and was led by Magee and Paolini who each had nine block assists.
After its first consecutive losses this season (at No. 1 Nebraska and vs. No. 7 Texas), Kansas State will enter its first break of conference play as the Wildcats will not compete on Wednesday. They return to action on Saturday, Oct. 13th as the Wildcats will take on the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames, Iowa. K-State’s next home match is against Texas Tech on Oct. 17th with a first serve set for 7 p.m.
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