Volleyball fails comeback in close loss to Lipscomb

The point goes on as outside hitter Aliyah Carter stands at the net reading the ball. Carter led the match with 14 kills as Kansas State volleyball swept Omaha 3-0 on Friday, Sept, 1.(Avery Johnson | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State volleyball fell to tournament host Lipscomb 3-2 in a tough road battle Saturday. Although the Wildcats clawed back to a fifth set, the team ultimately fell to the Bison in the Lippy Invitational.

The Wildcats had a difficult start to the match with only seven kills to Lipscomb’s 17. Lipscomb started the set hot, serving three aces in a row to gain a 5-1 lead. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, a lead change never occurred as K-State lost the first set 25-17.

Although K-State also lost the second set, the Wildcats fought hard and won the next two sets, tying the match 2-2 to initiate a fifth and final set. Outside hitters Aliyah Carter and Aniya Clinton had eight and six kills respectively that contributed to the two wins in the third and fourth sets.

The fifth set saw three lead changes, the most in the match. K-State kept the lead for 13 points with the help of libero Mackenzie Morris’s ace toward the beginning of the set and kills from Carter, setter Izzi Szulczewski, outside hitter Liz Gregorski and Clinton.

Lipscomb struck back with three kills in a row, obtaining the final lead change at 14-13. Even though the Wildcats scored two more kills to tie the game twice, Lipscomb came through with a final score of 17-15.

The Wildcats progress to a 5-2 record, with its next game at home against Long Island University at 4 p.m. Thursday.