Wildcat volleyball takes one set in exhibition game against Creighton

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The Kansas State volleyball team stands on the court before their game against Miami in Ahearn Field House on Setp 9, 2016. (File photo by Nathan Jones | The Collegian)

The Kansas State volleyball team won one of four sets against the Creighton Bluejays on Friday night in an exhibition match in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Wildcats lost the first three sets of the match, which would’ve normally ended the night for both teams. Since it was an exhibition match, both teams decided to play a fourth set, which K-State won.

Leading all players in the match, redshirt senior outside hitter Kylee Zumach had 18 kills. Freshman outside hitter Gloria Mutiri had 15 kills and eight digs in her first match

“I thought we had some individual performances that were really positive,” head coach Suzie Fritz said to K-State Sports following the match. “Kylee Zumach’s effort was as collective as she’s ever had,­ in regards to kill production, swing management, dig effort and passing. It was Gloria’s first real go with the team and from an attacking perspective, specifically, I thought she did a really nice job there.”

The 13th-ranked Bluejays ran through the Wildcats in the first set, winning 25-17 after closing the set on an 8-3 run to lead 1-0 overall in the match.

Both teams were tied at 14 halfway through the second set, but then the Bluejays won 11 of the next 14 points to take a 2-0 and won the set 25-18.

The Wildcats were much more competitive in the third set, but ended up losing it 25-21.

In the fourth set, K-State won 26-24 and the match was called by both coaches, and Creighton officially won the match 3-1.

The Wildcats will now gear up for their first match of the season on Aug. 24 when they travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, to participate in the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic. In the classic they will take on No. 11 UCLA, Gonzaga and Hawaii in the three-day invitational.

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