Wildcats find rhythm early, sweep Texas Tech in straight sets

Freshman middle blocker Kadye Fernholz looks to her teammates after an exciting point during the Kansas State volleyball game against Texas Tech at Bramlage Coliseum on Oct. 17, 2020. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

The No. 11 Kansas State volleyball team found rhythm early in the match on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas, leading to a season sweep of Texas Tech. K-State defeated the Red Raiders in straight sets, 25-16, 25-20, 25-12.

The Wildcats were boosted by the best team offensive performance of the season, hitting .360 for the match. Head coach Suzie Fritz was pleased with the balanced attack her team showed.

“I thought it was a really well-balanced effort in all phases,” Fritz said to K-State Athletics. “Any time you can get that kind of separation, it’s key. We were better in serve and pass. We were, offensively, more productive. … I thought we were really solid and played consistently in all phases.”

K-State produced 41 kills as a team on 86 attempts, led by junior Brynn Carlson who hit a season-high .429 and tallying 11 kills. Freshman Jayden Nembhard and sophomore Holly Bonde added production, combining for 14 kills.

Senior Shelby Martin recorded 28 assists on the afternoon, which gives her more than 3,000 for her career. She ranks fifth out of current players in the country with 3,022 career assists.

“I think it’s an incredible achievement by her over the course of her career,” Fritz said. “It says a lot about her capabilities as a player and we are proud of her.”

K-State will return home for its next match series — the team’s final home matches of the season — against TCU on Friday and Saturday. Both matches are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. starts in Bramlage Coliseum.