Volleyball falls 3-0 against Kansas

Setter Izzi Szulczewski sets the ball for middle blocker Sydney Bolding to spike. The Wildcats swept No. 25 Iowa State 3-0 Oct. 11 at Morgan Family Arena. (Avery Johnson | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State volleyball fought hard against the Jayhawks but ultimately could not find a way to surpass Kansas. 

The first set for the Wildcats started off slow. Outside hitter Aniya Clinton kicked things off with two kills to bring the Wildcats a small 2-1 lead. However, multiple K-State errors lead to a large gap between the Wildcats and Jayhawks. Kills from outside hitters Aliyah Carter and Clinton late in the set gave the Wildcats some hope of recovering, but they were unable to take the lead and dropped Set 1 25-19. 

For the majority of the second set, the Wildcats held the lead and even showed promise of winning. Despite an ace from setter Izzi Szulczewski placing the Wildcats at match point at 24-21, a five-point streak from the Jayhawks sealed the set 26-24 Kansas.

The third set doomed the Wildcats. The Jayhawks broke away and stayed in the lead early on, with only one lead change occurring at the beginning of the set. The Wildcats kept the score close for the entirety of the set, placing the set at 24-23 Kansas because of a Jayhawk error. However, a kill from Kansas sealed the game 25-23 and completed the Jayhawk sweep. 

With a 13-10 record, the Wildcats will host No. 4 Texas at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, one of the Wildcats’ final three home games of the season.