Wildcats sweeps Sooners, will wrap season up tonight

Kylee Zumach, junior redshirt, swings for the ball during the volleyball game versus Iowa State at Ahearn Fieldhouse in Manhattan, Kan. on Oct. 25, 2017. (File photo by Sabrina Cline | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State volleyball team ended its nine game losing streak in a three set win over the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday night inside Ahearn Field House.

The Wildcats are now 10-18 overall and 3-12 in Big 12 play while the Sooners are 7-20 and 4-10 in conference play.

“It feels good to play a little more consistent,” head coach Suzie Fritz said to K-State Sports. “I was very pleased with our serving. I think our serving led to our ability to be good at the net. Serve, kind of, equaled block, a little bit. We were able to limit some options for [Oklahoma], and then take advantage of that with our size and physicality at the net. I thought we managed the ebbs and flows of the match, maybe a little bit better than we did in the last match, and we minimized our errors. We played a little bit more consistently, although, I still think we’re a work in progress.”

The Wildcats hit over .300 and had only nine hitting errors as sophomore Elle Sandbothe ended with eight kills, junior Kylee Zumach had seven and freshman Peyton Williams had seven as well.

“We were trying to generate more transition kill production and I thought we were really good there,” Fritz added. “And I was very pleased with our opponent attack efficiency. We really did some nice stuff at the net and held them to low hitting efficiency. The combination of that and our serve was really what stood out.”

It was a very good game serving for K-State as four different Wildcats had two aces in the win.

Williams had four blocks, junior Zsofia Gyimes, Sandbothe and Zumach all had three as the team ended with 12 blocks.

In the final two sets of the match, K-State held Oklahoma to hit under .100 as K-State won the first two sets 25-22 and the final set was all Wildcats as they won it 25-14.

The final set consisted of a 12-1 run by the Wildcats, which was led by junior Reilly Killeen who finished in double figures for her 14th of the season. Setter Sarah Dixon ended with 18 assists in the winning effort for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats will close their season as they host West Virginia for senior night where they will recognize lone senior Bryna Vogel inside Ahearn Field House on Wednesday night.