K-State volleyball swept by No. 1 Texas

By The Mercury

AUSTIN, Texas — The Kansas State volleyball team lost in straight sets for the second time this season to No. 1 Texas (25-20, 25-19, 25-15) on Saturday in Gregory Gym.

The dropped the Wildcats to 17-10 overall and 5-9 in Big 12 play.

Chelsea Keating and Kaitlynn Pelger tied for the team-lead in kills with eight apiece. Taylor Johnson had seven kills on a .312 hitting percentage.

Katie Brand had 28 assists to go along with her five kills, five digs and a service ace.

The Wildcats remain winless (0-7) in Big 12 road matches this season and are 4-7 overall on the road.

Texas established a 14-7 lead in the opening set, but Johnson’s second kill of the match sparked a 5-2 run to bring the Wildcats within four at 16-12.

K-State faced set point, 24-16, but it rattled off four straight points to bring the Wildcats within four points once again. Brand dropped in her only ace to make it 24-19 before Johnson powered down a kill on a Texas over-pass to make it 24-20. The Longhorns clinched the opening set, though, on a K-State service error.

The second set, which featured 15 ties and five lead changes, was tight-knit. The Wildcats and Longhorns would not allow either side to pull away any further than two points in the first two-thirds of the set. K-State was down 13-12, but a service error and attack error by Texas coming out of a Wildcats timeout gave K-State a 14-13 lead.

Brand had a dump kill, her fourth kill of the match, to even the score at 18-all. Texas, however, closed out the set with a 7-1 run. The run was the first time Texas put together consecutive points since it tied it at five on back-to-back points earlier in the second. The Wildcats had a service error and two attack errors to help feed the Longhorns run.

Back-to-back kills by Texas’ Bailey Webster helped the Longhorns build a 6-2 lead in the early going of the third set. A Texas attack error made it 7-4 Longhorns, but Texas went on an 8-1 run to build an insurmountable lead.

The defeat extended K-State’s losing streak against Texas to 21 matches.

K-State will wrap up its road slate for the regular season with a match at TCU on Wednesdayat 6:30 p.m. The Wildcats regular-season finale is next Saturday at home against Iowa State at 7 p.m.

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