The No. 23 Kansas State volleyball team came out strong in front of a season-high crowd of 3,107 in Ahearn Field House to open Wednesday night’s match against No. 1 Nebraska. In the end, the Huskers proved too strong and dropped the Wildcats, 3-0 (30-20, 30-17, 30-18).
K-State (15-5, 6-4 Big 12) was led by senior outside hitter Agata Rezende. The Franca
product tallied 13 kills, reaching double figures for the 17th
time this season and 26th
time in her career.
Also pacing the Wildcats was sophomore outsider hitter Rita Lilliom. The Budapest, Hungary native registered nine kills for the second straight match and recorded six digs.
Sophomore setter Stacey Spiegelberg tallied 32 assists, while sophomore libero Angie Lastra recorded 12 digs. The Carolina, Puerto Rico product has played in 51 consecutive matches and has 43 matches of 10 digs or more.
Nebraska was led by Sarah Pavan and Christina Houghtelling. Pavan registered a match-high 18 kills on a .406 hitting percentage, while Houghtelling recorded 14 on a .462 percentage. Jennifer Saleaumua had a match-high 22 of the Huskers’ 54 digs.
Nebraska distanced itself from K-State in most of the statistical categories. The Huskers registered a .422 hitting percentage to K-State’s .106. The Huskers put down 58 kills to the Wildcats’ 36. Nebraska also held the edge in total blocks, 14-6. It is the first time in the month of October that K-State has not recorded double figures in blocks.
The Wildcats’ string of consecutive matches with at least one service ace reached 213, as junior Sandy Werner registered the K-State’s lone ace in game one.
This weekend Kansas State will look to win its second match against a ranked opponent and its second match in the state of Texas, when they take on Texas. First serve in Austin against the Longhorns is slated for 7 p.m.