Acevedo and Armstrong power Volleyball past Kansas State
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas volleyball team used an inside-outside attack and had three players record double-doubles as it earned its fifth-straight victory over No. 23 Kansas State on Saturday night.
Outside hitter Dariam Acevedo pounded a career-high 25 kills, middle blocker Leticia Armstrong recorded her first-career double-double with 13 kills and a career-high 10 blocks and both Michelle Moriarty and Jen Christian also had double-doubles as the 16th-ranked Longhorns defeated the Wildcats in four games - 30-25, 24-30, 30-27, 30-21 - at Gregory Gym in front of 2,410 fans.
Texas (14-3, 9-2) won its 12th straight match at Gregory Gym, while Kansas State (15-6, 6-5) dropped its second match in a row.
Acevedo and Armstrong were part of a trio of Horns who swung for double-figure kills as Christian had 11 to go with her career-high 12 digs. The double-double was the second of her career. Moriarty (13) was one of four UT players who collected double-figure digs as she also added 58 assists for her fourth double-double of the season and 10th of her career.
Rita Lilliom had a team-high 16 kills for Kansas State and Joy Hamlin had 13 in the loss. Angie Lastra had a match-high 14 digs for the Wildcats.
Texas out-blocked Kansas State for the second time this season, earning a 15 to 10 advantage at the net. Armstrong's 10 paced both teams while Lauren Paolini matched her career high with six blocks. Christian added four. Megan Kroeker had five to lead Kansas State.
The Longhorns out-hit the Wildcats, .264 to .148, and has held an opponent below .200 for the 12th time in 17 matches this season.
Both teams played evenly in the first game until 21-21 when UT put together three straight points to take the lead for good. Paolini and Armstrong had back-to-back blocks on KSU's Sandy Werner to start the push. Kansas State twice pulled within one point, the last time at 26-25, but Texas tallied the game's final four points - including another block from Armstrong - to take the early one-game lead.
The second game followed the same early script as the two teams played through nine ties until 19-19 when Kansas State ran off three-straight points to go ahead for good at 22-19. Texas got within two points at 26-24 after an Acevedo kill and a KSU attack error, but the Wildcats scored the final four points to even the match at one game apiece.
UT fell behind in the third game, falling back by as many as five points - at 20-15 - before they rallied to tie the score at 24-24. After a pair of KSU errors, Texas went ahead for good before pulling out a 4-1 run down the stretch, capped by a Moriarty ace, to take the game and move ahead 2-1 in the match.
The Longhorns took control of the fourth game early, moving out to a 15-9 advantage. The Wildcats got as close as four points - at 18-14 - before Texas outscored their visitors 12-7 to close out the game, including four-straight kills to end the match.
Texas returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 26, when they host the second of two State Farm Lone Star Showdown match-ups as Texas A&M comes to Gregory Gym for an 8 p.m. match. The rivalry series meeting will be aired live on CSTV.