MANHATTAN, Kan. No. 24 Kansas State used a little Ahearn Field House magic on Wednesday night, but the tricks ended with No. 8 Missouri coming out on top in five, 3-2 (28-30, 26-30, 30-23, 30-25, 15-11). The Wildcats have now lost three straight and four of their last five. This is the first time the Tigers have swept the season series since 1993.
K-State (15-7, 6-6 Big 12) saw four players in double figures in kills, with senior Agata Rezende leading the way with a match-high 22 on a career-high 54 total attempts. It is the second time this season the Franca, Brazil product reached 20 or more kills with her career-high coming on Sept. 2 at Arkansas with 23. Rezende also registered a career-high 10 block assists for her first career double-double.
Other Wildcats in double figures were juniors Sandy Werner and Joy Hamlin and sophomore Rita Lilliom. Werner tallied 16 kills, the 17th time this season and 32nd of her career that she has been above 10 kills. Hamlin carded 13 kills and a season-high 10 blocks for her third career double-double and the first of this season. Lilliom chipped in 10 kills and a career-high 14 digs for her third career double-double.
Sophomore Stacey Spiegelberg dished out a match-high 62 assists. This is the second time in the Overland Park, Kan., native’s career that she has surpassed 60 assists in a match. The first time was on Sept. 2 at Arkansas where she tabulated a career-high 67. Spiegelberg also added 12 digs and two service aces to her stat sheet. It is the sixth career double-double for Spiegelberg.
Sophomore Angie Lastra recorded her ninth career match of 20 or more digs with 25. The Carolina, Puerto Rico product is now tied for fifth on K-State’s career list for most 20-dig matches in a career.
Missouri (16-2, 10-2 Big 12) was led by Na Yang with 21 kills and Shen Danru with 17 kills and three service aces. Tiger setter Lindsey Hunter tallied 62 assists, while Tatum Ailes carded 25 digs.
For the match, K-State led Missouri in total blocks, 18-17, while the Tigers held the advantage in the other statistical categories. The Wildcats have now lost three straight and four of their last five. This is the first time the Tigers have swept the season series since 1993.
Kansas State was able to extend the nation’s second-longest current service ace streak in the nation to 215 matches. The first ace was recorded by Spiegelberg to close out game one.
The Wildcats will have the weekend off and will be back in action on Wednesday, Nov. 2. K-State will travel to Ames
to face Iowa State
. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.