Wildcats Rally at OU
Kansas State (16-3, 6-2 Big 12) was led by Rita Liliom and Nataly Korobkova with 16 kills each to get the come-from-behind win over Oklahoma (7-10, 3-6). Kesley Chipman joined them in double digits with 12 kills. Liliom had a double-double adding 12 digs on the night, and Lauren Mathewson had a career-high 30 digs.
The Wildcats struggled early against
After tying the match at two sets apiece, the Wildcats came out firing in the fifth set with a solo block by Jenny Jantsch and an ace from Leslie Townsend. After two quick points from
The Sooners tried to chip into the lead, but K-State would not be denied after rallying from behind in the match and win the final set 15-9.
The Wildcats got the early lead in the first set but a 4-0 from the Sooners turned the advantage to
K-State distributed the ball well with Korobkova leading the team with five kills in the first set while Liliom, Chipman and Jantsch all had three.
The second set saw the two teams battle back and forth early until the Wildcats put together their first extended run of the match with four consecutive points to go up 10-7 thanks to two aces by Korobkova.
K-State had another four-point rally and used a hustle play from Jantsch and Abby Fay fire up the team. On an attack by OU, Jantsch came up with the tough dig. Fay made a diving pass to keep the ball alive that sailed over the net and found the floor in a hole in OU’s defense. The Wildcats continued to ride that momentum building a 19-13 lead until the Sooners went on a three-point run of their own to cut into the lead and force a K-State timeout.
The Sooners would go on another 3-0 run to tie the set at 21-21 and force K-State to use another timeout. Out of the break, hitting errors continued to plague the Wildcats and the Sooners took a 2-0 lead into the locker room after taking the second set 25-22. Eight of
In the third set the Wildcats gained some momentum with a four-point swing to take a 15-11 lead on the effort of Chipman and JuliAnne Chisholm. Chipman tipped the ball to the back corner for a kill to begin the rally, and Chisholm followed with a kills and a solo block to spark the Wildcats.
After exchanging points,
In the fourth set, eight of the first 10 points for the Sooners came by way of attack and service errors by the Wildcats with the set tied at 10 points apiece. A four-point swing by the Wildcats gave them a 15-12 lead as Jantsch tallied two kills and the K-State block began to shut down OU’s offense with five blocks up to that point in the set.
The Wildcats extended the lead to 21-14 before three straight
K-State will have its off-night on Wednesday and will be in action next Saturday at home at 7 p.m. to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders.