The Kansas State volleyball team swept through the Bluejay Invitational this weekend to win the tournament, closing out action åagainst Syracuse on Saturday evening. The Wildcats won 25-17, 25-14, 25-16 over the Orange to secure the tournament championship and remain undefeated this season.
The Wildcats used nearly every player on the bench in the victory, and six players posted five or more kills on the night. Outside hitter Lilla Porubek led the way again with 10 kills and she was again over .300 hitting at .391. Porubek added three aces to her stat line. Middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger had a complete match for K-State with nine kills and a .438 hitting percentage. Pelger had 10 digs and three blocks to be the team’s top defensive player for the match.
Two underclassmen had career days for the Wildcats as redshirt sophomores Chelsea Keating and Taylor Johnson both had career-highs in kills. Keating pounded out nine kills on a .438 percentage, and Johnson tied her previous best of seven kills while hitting .385.
K-State (6-0) opened up a large lead early in the match with a 6-0 run to pull ahead 9-3. Three blocks from Pelger helped to get that lead as Syracuse could not break through the Wildcats’ front line early. Those three blocks would represent the only errors by the Orange in the opening stanza and each team hit above .325 to start the match.
The Wildcats rolled again in the second set winning easily 25-14 going on multiple short runs to steadily increase their lead.
In the third set, K-State came out of the break with more small runs to open an early lead. After back-to-back points from Syracuse pulled the Orange within three points, the Wildcats responded with a 5-1 run to again be up by six points and closed the match with a 3-0 run to win 25-16.
Earlier on Saturday, after battling back and forth for the first two sets of the match against Creighton, K-State volleyball pounced on the Bluejays early in the third set with a 12-0 run to get the sweep on Saturday afternoon 25-22, 25-18, 25-21. A dominant performance from Porubek helped guide K-State to the sweep as the Hungarian dominated the match with 16 kills.
Porubek pounded out a match-high 16 kills and was efficient with a .341 hitting percentage. Pelger had another solid performance for the Wildcats with eight kills and three blocks. She also led the Wildcats with 14 digs. The senior co-captains each had strong showings as well with Kathleen Ludwig posting eight kills and seven digs. Alex Muff was a force at the net again with four block assists and two solo stops.