Play Makers


K-State will look to remain undefeated in conference play as they travel to College Station, Texas to take on the Aggies of Texas A&M. The Wildcats were riding a seven-match streak into their conference road opener on Wednesday night in Columbia, Mo.

The matchup with the Tigers was a back and forth affair with both teams battling and playing very hard. The Wildcats were able to take down the Tigers by winning the fifth set 15-12 to continue their eight-match winning streak. The Aggies should provide the Wildcats with a similar challenge.

Texas A&M enters the match with the Wildcats with a record of 13-3 on the season, including a 2-0 record in the conference. The Aggies are led by setter Allie Sawatzky. In her team’s victory over Baylor last week, Sawatzky posted the first triple double of her career.

The matchup will feature two very good setters in Sawatzky and Caitlyn Donahue. Both have been terrific on the season in leading their respective teams and making sure that everybody is in the right position on the court at all times. However, a deciding factor in this match could be the play of middle-blocker Kaitlynn Pelger.

Pelger has been named the Big 12 player of the week in back to back weeks due to some great play in the last few matches. Against Baylor last Saturday, Pelger had an outstanding 17 kills in three sets, good for an average of 5.67 kills per set. If Pelger continues to play like she has in the past few matches, it could end up being a long night for the Aggies.

Both teams are off to 2-0 starts in conference play. This match could end up playing a huge role in the rest of the season for both teams. With so many teams battling for only a certain amount of spots in post-season play, games like this will be looked back upon at the end of the season. Both teams have been playing much better volleyball as of late, so this match has the potential to be very entertaining and hotly contested.