Wildcat volleyball sweeps Mountaineers at home

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The K-State volleyball team celebrates after earning a point against Oklahoma on Oct. 24. (File photo by Jordan Koster | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State volleyball team didn’t take long to beat West Virginia on Saturday night in a straight-set win over the Mountaineers inside Ahearn Field House.

The Wildcats are now 13-9 overall and 3-8 in Big 12 play, while West Virginia is now 10-14 and 2-9 in conference play.

K-State had a season-low seven errors in the match while West Virginia ended with 20.

“We’ve been working really, really hard to find consistency,” head coach Suzie Fritz told K-State Sports after the match. “I thought tonight was a good example of ‘good over time.’ We were good. We were just good, from start to finish. In every phase, I thought we were good and our personnel played consistently well.”

K-State freshman outside hitter Brooke Heyne had 11 kills and her first career double-double, and senior Alyssa Schultejans had 10 kills in the winning effort.

“I thought they were smart, and their shot selection was really good and purposeful – they challenged the block in productive ways,” Fritz said of Heyne and Schultejans. “They did a nice job of not pressing and hitting it where they weren’t. What makes Brooke special isn’t one thing. What makes her special is she can do a lot of things well.

The Wildcats had a good serving day with nine service aces behind Schultejans, Zsofia Gyimes and Sarah Dixon, all having two each in the match.

The Wildcats dominated in the first set, taking it 25-12 as Heyne provided five kills for the Wildcats in that set alone.

Set two showed the Wildcats winning 25-17 as Heyne also led the team in kills in the set with four.

The final set of the match was the closest. Both teams went back and forth, but the Wildcats were able to close it out 25-23.

Next up, K-State will take on Texas on the road at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The game can be seen on the Longhorn TV network and on KMAN.

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