Wildcats swept by Cyclones in second straight loss

Junior setter Katie Brand bumps the ball over the net on Sept. 23, 2015 at Horejsi Center in Lawerence, Kansas. KU defeated K-State, 3-1. (File Photo by Rodney Dimick | The Collegian)

The K-State volleyball team lost in three sets to the Iowa State Cyclones Wednesday night inside Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. The Wildcats have lost six of their last seven matches and eight in a row at Iowa State.

The Cyclones were very good late in the three sets, which proved costly for the Wildcats.

The main glaring point for K-State was 24 errors and a .099 hitting percentage in the match.

Iowa State had 77 digs, and the game marked the first time this season that K-State hit lower than .100 in a match.

In the first set, both teams played evenly until the score was tied at 14. The Cyclones used a 5-0 run to propel them to a 19-14 lead, but the Wildcats made a comeback. They won seven of the next 10 points to tie the set at 22. Iowa State won the next three points, however, to take the set 25-22.

The second set was close until the midway point. At 13 all, the Cyclones won four points in a row, and the Wildcats would only get to within two points before they lost the set 25-20.

Neither team was able to obtain much of a lead in the third set. They played back and forth until the score was 20-20 and Iowa State was trying to side-out. The Cyclones won the next five points to win the set 25-20 and sweep the Wildcats.

Junior Katie Reininger led the team in kills with 10 and was the only Wildcat with a double-digit kill total in the match.

Wildcat freshman Macy Flowers had seven kills on 27 total attempts on the night.

On the defensive side, senior Katie Brand led the Wildcats with 15 digs. Junior Brooke Sassin had 14, and sophomore Bryna Vogel recorded 13.

Brand also had 29 assists in the match, and she leads the Big 12 in double-doubles with 11.

The Wildcats fall to 9-7 on the season and 1-3 in conference play. They will now prepare to host the West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday inside Bramlage Coliseum at 2 p.m. This will be the first home match for the Wildcats since Sept. 26.

Last season, the teams split the season series with both teams winning on the road, and each match went into five sets. The Mountaineers are 5-11 overall and 0-3 in Big 12 play this year.