Kansas State volleyball seniors shined bright in its senior night match against Texas Tech.
The majority of the first set was full of strategy and finding gaps in the defense. The Red Raiders had a large space between their front and back lines, so the Wildcats relied on lobbing the ball in the middle of the defense. An intense rally led to a massive kill from setter Izzi Szulczewski in a highlight-worthy play of the set. A kill by outside hitter Aliyah Carter brought the set to match point, and after two plays, outside hitter Aniya Clinton finished the set 25-20 with a kill.
The second set saw semblance of the first. Two blocks by middle blocker Sydney Bolding helped the Wildcats increase their lead early on. Even though the Wildcats scored a six-point streak, the Red Raiders fought hard to tighten up the score with Texas Tech outside hitter Simone Overbeck hitting a few corner serve wins. However, the Wildcats adjusted their defense, winning the set 25-21
The Wildcats started off strong in the third set. Bolding had a notable play early on with a strategic kill right in the middle of the Raider’s defense. Directly after, middle blocker Kadye Fernholz completed a slam dunk kill to bring the Wildcats to 5-1. Another noteworthy play came from Szulczewski as she ended a long rally with a colossal kill right in front of the Red Raider defense. The Wildcats dominated the set, keeping Texas Tech to only 10 points at its conclusion.
With a strong senior night win in the books, the Wildcats will play Texas Tech again tomorrow at 3 p.m. in Morgan Family Arena.