Morris records 1000th career dig in loss to rival Kansas

Then-freshman libero Mackenzie Morris celebrates during the March 28, 2021 spring volleyball game against Wayne State at Bramlage Coliseum. (Archive photo by Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

Junior Mackenzie Morris recorded her 1000th career dig in a five-set loss to the Jayhawks, the fastest to record the feat in Kansas State volleyball history.

“I’ve been telling anybody that’ll listen to that she’s special,” head coach Suzie Fritz said.  “She rehearses her greatness and I think that’s what makes her special.”

The junior from Dallas had a match-high 20 digs in the contest, the 16th time in her career that she achieved such a feat.

K-State (9-5, 0-1) fell behind two sets early in the match to the Jayhawks (11-3, 1-1), with KU winning 25-19 in the first set and 25-20 in the second. K-State rebounded, winning the third and fourth set by the same score of 20-25. However, Kansas clinched the final set 15-7, claiming their first Big 12 conference matchup victory of the season.

Jayhawks sophomore London Davis led her team with 22 kills in the match while junior outside hitter Aliyah Carter led the Wildcats with 20, tying her season high. Freshman outside hitter Shaylee Myers added 13 kills while middle blockers Sydney Bolding and Kadye Fernholz tallied 10 kills apiece.

Senior defensive specialist/setter Loren Hinkle led all players with 57 assists, recording her third straight double-double.

The Wildcats had a slight edge in kills with 62 total kills to the Jayhawks’ 60. The 62 total team kills tied a season high for the Wildcats.

“We’re competitive as heck,” Fritz said. “They do it every day. We’re putting ourselves in position to play with just about everybody.”

K-State’s next match sends them on the road to Lubbock, Texas, for their first Big 12 away game of the season. They will take on the Texas Tech Lady Raiders with first serve scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28.