K-State takes down Mavericks in four set win

Assistant coach Trent Sorenson explains a new play to the players at the Kansas State vs University of Missouri-Kansas City on Sept. 12, 2017. (Photo by Kelly Pham | The Collegian)

The Kansas State volleyball team started the weekend in Omaha, Nebraska, off right after they beat the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks in four sets on Thursday night.

The first set was very back-and-forth, but it was the Wildcats who finished the set strong. With the Mavericks up 22-21, K-State won the final four points and took a 1-0 lead in the match.

It was all K-State in the second set, as the Wildcats won it 25-18 after running away from the Mavericks in the middle of the set.

Omaha came back in the third set and rallied to win it 25-18, but K-State won the fourth set 25-18 to take the match 3-1.

On Friday, K-State, who is now 6-5, will take on former Big 12 rival and number 10th ranked University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Cornhuskers started the season off with two straight losses but have followed that up with five consecutive wins including a straight set win over number 11 ranked UCLA.

The Wildcats will have to keep a close eye on junior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke, as she is averaging 3.54 kills per set while her freshman teammate Jazz Sweet is right behind her at 3.52 kills per set.

The final match of the weekend for the Wildcats will be against Northern Iowa. The Panthers come in with lots of momentum, as they are coming off a win against Iowa State, who was previously unbeaten before facing Northern Iowa.

As a team, K-State comes in with some confidence, as they have won four of their last five matches and had 23 service aces last weekend in Atlanta in three matches.

A major reason for the Wildcats success lately has been middle blockers junior Macy Flowers, sophomore Elle Sandbothe and freshman Peyton Williams, who combined hit over .400 and more than 2.00 kills per set.

After this weekend, K-State will begin conference play when they travel to Oklahoma on Sept. 20.