K-State volleyball wins two games in weekend triangular

K-State volleyball players celebrate after scoring a point during the game at Ahearn Field House against Baylor on Oct. 14, 2017. (File photo by Sabrina Cline | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State volleyball team won two matches Saturday in St. Louis, taking down Saint Louis and Western Kentucky to improve to 4-1 on the season.

“Going into today, we were really trying to upgrade our point scoring,” said head coach Suzie Fritz to K-State Sports. “We were much better defensively today. I was really proud of them for that, they were focused on being a better defensive team. We upgraded with our serving and were doing better things at the net. That to me is the high point.”

The Wildcats had two players receive all-tournament honors: junior blocker Elle Sandbothe and senior outside hitter Kylee Zumach.

Zumach had 35 kills in the classic and a career-high 14 digs against the Billikens.

“Kylee is doing so much for us right now,” Fritz said. “A lot of what she does hangs on her attacking, but there are so many other things she’s doing right now. She’s becoming a better defender and becoming a better server.”

The Wildcats won the first match against Saint Louis in four sets. Junior outside hitter Alyssa Schultejans had a career-high 14 kills in the match and recorded her second double-double of the season in the winning effort. It was also a good game for sophomore setter Sarah Dixon, who had 46 digs and three kills.

In game two on Saturday, the Wildcats took down the Hilltoppers in four sets. K-State had just one attacking error on 17 kills in the final set to beat Western Kentucky.

On Tuesday, K-State will have their home opener as they take on Missouri State at 6 p.m. inside Ahearn Field House.

Missouri State is 3-3 this season and have won its past three matches, in which the team has only lost one set in those wins.