Wildcat volleyball ends regular season with win over TCU

K-State’s Peyton Williams and Gloria Mutiri celebrate after scoring against KU during a game on Nov. 14, 2018, in Lawrence. K-State won that game 3-2. (Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State volleyball team was on the road Wednesday and beat the TCU Horned Frogs in four sets in the final match of the regular season.

Senior outside hitter Kylee Zumach put on a show in her final match for as a Wildcat, finishing with 21 kills.

Freshman opposite Gloria Mutiri had 15 kills to end her freshman campaign, while freshman outside hitter Brooke Heyne had 11 kills for the Wildcats.

Neither team came out very strong in the first set as both teams hit under .200 and combined for 13 combined attack errors. K-State had eight more total attacks than the Horned Frogs, but TCU ended up taking the first set by a score of 27-25.

Both teams played very even again in the second set, but this time it was the Wildcats who were able to squeak out a 25-23 win and tie things up at one set a piece.

K-State hit a whopping .306 mark in the set and held TCU to a hitting percentage of just .176. The Horned Frogs didn’t help their cause by hitting four service errors in the set.

In set three, K-State played TCU very tight and won the set 25-21 to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

The Wildcats had one of their best hitting sets of the season, with a hitting percentage of .517 against TCU’s .351 mark. K-State was very efficient in the third set with 16 kills and only one hitting error.

The Wildcats continued to play well in the fourth set, hitting at .410 percentage with 20 kills. K-State went on to win the fourth set 25-21 and take the match 3-1 in the season finale.

K-State finished the season 15-12 overall and 5-11 in Big 12 play. After a 10-1 start to the season, the Wildcats lost six straight matches before going 5-5 to end the season. The Wildcats will lose six seniors from this 2018 team.