The Wildcats in back-to-back nights swept BYU at home, putting the team 13-8 and 7-5 in Big 12. Outside hitters Aniya Clinton and Aliyah Carter blew the roof off Morgan Family Arena Thursday combining for 31 points; however, they somehow outdid themselves Friday, combining for 33 total kills on the night.
The Wildcats and Cougars tied each other eight times in a competitive Set 1. The Carter-Clinton duo came out hot early as both finished the set with five kills apiece. Tied at 21, libero Mackenzie Morris completed a clutch service ace to gain the lead. Two errors on the Cougar’s part and a single kill from Clinton finished off the set 25-21.
K-State dominated Set 2. The Wildcats started the set off with a 5-1 lead, with three coming from Carter kills. Although K-State held the lead all set, BYU started to rally late down 22-18. The Wildcats did not hold back, securing the set with a 25-22 score.
Set 3 was more competitive than Set 2, but K-State did not let the foot off the gas pedal. Similarly to Set 1, Clinton and Carter again dropped 5 kills apiece, capping off a dominant night for both. Clinton contributed the final two kills to put BYU away and repeat another consecutive sweep against the Cougars.
Carter finished the night with a near double-double, racking up 17 kills with 9 digs. Clinton was just as efficient on the net, finishing with 16 kills. Middle Blocker Sydney Bolding contributed 5 kills along with 5 blocks.
Next matchup, the Wildcats will travel and battle against Kansas in the Sunflower Showdown at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3.