by Kaitlyn Spani
The K-State volleyball team beat the Missouri
State Bears in Ahearn Field House on Wednesday, marking the second time in a week the Bears were beaten by the Wildcats. K-State won 25-19, 25-22 and 25-15, moving to a 7-0 record, while the Bears dropped to 3-5 with the loss.
In front of a crowd of more than 1,000, the Wildcats dominated the match at the net, finishing with 16 blocks and tying for fifth place in school history for blocks in a three-set match.
K-State was led by junior middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger, who ended the night with a double-double with 11 kills and 10 blocks, as well as posting seven digs.
Pelger talked about the Wildcats’ defense and the significant role it played in the match.
“All week we have been focusing on defense and getting our block tight, which is exactly what Suzie wanted us to do,” Pelger said. “Sixteen blocks in three games is awesome. We came in and did exactly what we wanted to do tonight.”
Senior middle blocker Alex Muff also had a big night for the Wildcats, finishing with eight kills and five blocks, contributing on both sides of the net.
Coach Suzie Fritz said after the game that she is loving what she is seeing out of Muff.
“She has always been our defensive anchor. She blocks the most hits, and is our most physical player at the net,” Fritz said. ”To see her be able to do some of the other things she is doing right now, in terms of her offense — she has gotten significantly better behind the setter attacking, she is making little plays around the net, and she has become a volleyball player. To be able to watch her game come together is pretty special.”
There will be no break for the Wildcats, as the team will be back in action tonight, taking on the St. Marys Gaels out of the West Coast Conference. The two teams played last year with the Wildcats winning in four sets.
Opening serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Ahearn Field House.