No. 22 Volleyball upsets Kansas State on the road
MANHATTAN, Kan.-- In a match where each team repeatedly dug out attacks as the two squads combined for 119 digs, the 22nd-ranked Texas volleyball team swept No. 16 Kansas State - 30-23, 30-23, 30-28 - on the Wildcats' home court in front of 1,439 at Ahearn Field House on Wednesday night in a Big 12 Conference match.
The win was Texas' fourth-straight over KSU and improved the Longhorns' record in the all-time series to 14-7. The victory also pushed the Horns' record against ranked teams to 2-0 in 2005.
Texas (8-2, 3-1 Big 12) was led by Michelle Moriarty's double-double (38 assists, 11 digs) and the middle blocker pair of Brandy Magee (12 kills, five blocks) and Leticia Armstrong (10 kills, three blocks).
Moriarty's double-double was her third of the season.
Texas had 63 digs and Kansas State had 56 in the loss. KSU just edged UT at the net as the Wildcats collected 10.5 blocks to the Horns' 10.
With such defensive effort from both teams, neither team hit well. Texas bested K-State with a .177 mark while KSU hit .093 on the night, including a .000 mark in the first game.
Four UT players reached double-figures in digs led by Alyson Jennings' 16, as Dariam Acevedo added 14 and Jen Christian 10, matching her career high. Acevedo and Christian also contributed to the balanced offensive attack with nine and seven kills, respectively.
Kansas State (11-3, 2-2 Big 12) dropped just its third match of the season, all of which have come against ranked teams.
KSU's Agata Rezende and Sandy Werner paced the 'Cats. Werner recorded a double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs, while Rezende added a match-high 13 kills.
Joy Hamlin had a team-best six blocks and Angie Lastra had a match-best 18 digs. In total, three 'Cat recorded double-figure digs as Stacey Speigelberg also added 11 to go with her 34 assists.
Texas inched ahead in the first game and pulled out a two-point lead before KSU knotted the score at 6-6 and then went ahead at 11-8 on a UT net violation. The Longhorns regrouped and tied the score at 12-12 before running off six straight-points to take an 18-13 lead. Texas benefited from four K-State errors in that run while pulling away for good in the game. The Wildcats clawed as close as two points - at 18-16 - and then three points - at 23-20 - but the Horns' held their ground and closed the game on a 4-2 run to take a 1-0 lead.
UT fell behind by as many as four points - 6-2 - in the second game but came back and tied the match at 7-7 on an Armstrong solo block. After that point, Texas went ahead for good, steadily building the lead as the game closed out. The Wildcats pulled within six points three separate times, but could get no closer as Texas took a 2-0 lead into the locker room.
Texas pulled out to a 24-18 lead in the third game - the team's largest lead of the stanza - but Kansas State rallied with a 10-4 run to tie the score at 28-28 to get the crowd back in the match. However, with KSU's Speigelberg serving to take the lead, she netted a serve and gave the Longhorns match point. Magee swung and placed an attack in the far back corner of the court - just out of the reach of a diving Lastra - to win the match for the Horns and give UT the sweep.
The three-game victory over Kansas State was the Longhorns' third in a row, as UT also posted three-game victories in both meetings in 2004.
The Longhorns return to action on Saturday, Oct. 1, when they host Oklahoma in a 6:30 p.m. match at Gregory Gym.