K-State Advances in NCAA Tournament
Also in double figures were juniors Joy Hamlin and Sandy Werner. Hamlin tied a career-high with 20 kills and a match-high .692 hitting percentage. The Douglass,
Sophomore setter Stacey Spiegelberg carded her ninth career double-double with 63 assists and 11 digs. It was the first time she has reached 60 or more assists in a four-game match and first time since Nov. 2 at
Sophomore libero Angie Lastra tallied a match-high 23 digs, the 12th time in her career she has reached 20-or more in a match. The
Florida A&M (22-6) was led by MEAC Player of the Year Adriana Kostadina with 21 kills and 14 digs. The Lady Rattlers also received strong efforts from Maria Andonova with 17 kills and Jayli Jackson with 14 kills and three block assists.
K-State opened game one with a 5-1 lead. The Wildcats were paced with two kills from senior Agata Rezende during the run. FAMU equaled the frame with a kill at 8 apiece. The Rattlers captured their first lead at 19-18 and were able to push the advantage to two at 25-23 on a service ace.
The Wildcats were led in game one by Liliom and Werner with five kills apiece. K-State was outhit by the Rattlers, however, .372 to .277. Florida A&M enters the tournament second in the nation in hitting percentage at .333.
K-State owned the second game with an astounding hitting percentage of .545 and 20 kills. The Wildcats sprinted to an 11-1 advantage on the strength of the service by sophomore Lauren Rosenthal. The
Hamlin led K-State with eight kills on a perfect hitting percentage and two block assists. Liliom also improved her total with six in the frame.
The schools traded the lead five times and were tied on 10 occasions during the third stanza. The Wildcats recorded a season-high for a game with 23 kills in the frame and escaped a late Florida A&M lead. K-State received a balanced effort from Liliom with eight, Werner with six and Hamlin with five.
The Wildcats will play Florida on Friday in the O'Connell Center. First serve in Gainesville is set for 7 p.m. (ET). The match will be broadcast live at www.gatorvision.tv. To access the match, users need to click on the GatorVision Online area on www.GatorZone.com or go to www.gatorvision.tv.