AMES, Iowa No. 24 Kansas State returned to winning ways on Wednesday night, rallying to defeat a resurgent IowaState, 3-2 (26-30, 30-27, 26-30, 30-24, 15-12). The Wildcats ended a three-match slide, but extended it win streak over the Cyclones 20 straight matches.
KansasState (16-7, 7-6 Big 12) saw four players in double figures in kills, led by junior outside hitter Sandy Werner’s career-high 22. It is the first time this season the Topeka, Kan., native surpassed the 20 kill barrier and second time in her career.
Joining Werner in double digits was senior Agata Rezende with 21, sophomore Rita Liliom with 13 and junior Joy Hamlin with 11. It is the fifth time this season Rezende has recorded 20 or more kills. Lilliom tallied her second straight double-double and fourth of the season with 13 kills and 14 digs. Hamlin led the Wildcats in hitting percentage (.391) and blocks (seven).
Sophomore setter Stacey Spiegelberg tied her career-high in assists with 67. The Overland Park, Kan., product reached the mark the first time at Arkansas on Sept. 2.
The Wildcats opened game one with the early 1-0 lead, but IowaState was able to gain the lead at 2-1 and never look back in the frame. IowaState registered its largest lead at six, 18-12, but K-State cut the lead to three on four occasions. K-State hit .320 with 21 kills, led by Rezende and Werner with six apiece. IowaState carded a .452 hitting percentage and 22 kills in the game.
The fortunes were reversed in the second game, as IowaState took the early lead with K-State overtaking the Cyclones. The Wildcats came back with a 10-5 run to hold an eight-point advantage, 16-8. During the run, Jenny Jantsch extended K-State’s service ace streak to 216 straight matches with at least one service ace, the second-longest current string in the NCAA.
IowaState chipped at the K-State lead, getting the margin to three twice and two once (29-27), before Werner ended the stanza with a kill. K-State pieced together a .184 hitting percentage with 18 kills, with Werner leading K-State with seven.
The Cyclones jumped out to an 8-5 lead, bolstered by consecutive service aces to open the game. K-State battled back and took its first lead of the third game on a Hamlin kill to make the score 9-8. IowaState quickly regained the lead and extended it to six, 21-15.
K-State came charging back with an 8-1 to take a 23-22 lead. The rally was spurred by Hamlin, who tabulated two kills and two block assists. IowaState overtook the Wildcats with an 8-3 run to close out the third frame.
The Cyclones stormed to an 18-13 lead and forced K-State to use both timeouts early in the fourth game. Led by the strong service of Megan Kroeker, K-State used an 11-1 run to take a 24-19 lead. IowaState cut the lead to two at 24-22, but Werner registered a kill and consecutive service aces by Jantsch gave the Wildcats a 27-22 lead.
In the game, K-State hit .314 with 16 kills and four total blocks. The Cyclones were held to a .194 and 12 kills.
In the final game, the Wildcats and Cyclones were tied 11 times and exchanged the lead on four occasions. The Wildcats took control of the stanza on a Liliom kill and sealed the match win on a Cyclone attack error.
KansasState will return to Ahearn Field House on Saturday to face SunflowerState rival, Kansas. First serve is set for