Fritz Ties for Second in K-State History
LUBBOCK, Texas Kansas State head coach Suzie Fritz earned her 107th career victory on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats set down Texas Tech, 3-1 (30-21, 25-30, 30-21, 30-17). K-State has now won nine of the last 11 meetings with the Red Raiders.
Fritz is now tied with Mary Phyl Dwight for second on the K-State all-time wins list with 107.
Also registering double figures in kills were sophomore Rita Liliom and senior Agata Rezende. Liliom tallied 13 kills and 16 digs. It is the third time in the last four matches the Budapest Hungary product has been in double figures in kills and the fourth straight match she has surpassed 10 or more digs in a match. The double-double was the fifth this season and third in four matches for Liliom. Rezende tallied 10 kills and has reached double digits in 21 matches this season and 30 matches in her career.
Sophomore libero Angie Lastra moved into a tie with Lisa Mimick for fourth place in K-State history with her 10th career 20 or more dig match. The
Sophomore setter Stacey Spiegelberg moved into eighth place on the career assist chart with 52 on the night. The
The Wildcats registered a .285 hitting percentage on the night on 68 kills. The Red Raiders (11-15, 4-11 Big 12) were held to a .154 and 55 kills. K-State also held the edge in the defensive categories with 69-65 lead in digs and a 10.0 to 8.0 lead in total blocks.
K-State trailed the Red Raiders just once in game one as the Wildcats captured the lead at 2-1 and never looked back. The Wildcats opened up a six-point lead midway through the frame at 15-9 on a Werner kill. K-State continued to build on the advantage, building the lead to nine, 29-20, on a Hamlin kill. The Wildcats sealed the game on a kill by Spiegelberg.
In the opening frame, K-State hit a blistering .386 with 21 kills, while holding the Red Raiders to a .282 hitting percentage. Redshirt freshman Jenny Jantsch recorded the first service ace to extend
The Wildcats hit a cold stretch midway through game two, as Texas Tech used a 6-1 run to pull away from K-State.
K-State staked itself to a 6-2 lead on three Werner kills and two Texas Tech attack errors to begin game three. The Red Raiders battled back to even the match at six and again at seven, before K-State reclaimed the lead on a Rezende kill to make it 8-7 Wildcats.
The Wildcats extended the advantage to eight, 18-10, on a Texas Tech attacking error. The Red Raiders made a three-point run, but K-State ended the rally with a kill by Werner and consecutive service aces by Spiegelberg for a 21-13 Wildcat lead. The teams traded points down the stretch of the frame, with Texas Tech never getting closer than six points.
In the game, the Wildcats hit .283 with 19 kills. Werner paced K-State with nine kills in the stanza. K-State used its best defensive effort in the third game, holding Texas Tech to a .073 hitting percentage while recording 26 digs.
The teams traded points to open game four, with the Wildcats never relinquishing the lead. K-State built a five-point edge, 16-11, midway through the stanza on the strength of four block assists from Hamlin. From this point, K-State went on a 14-5 run to end the match. During the run, Liliom carded four kills and a solo block to lead K-State to the win.