FORT WORTH, Texas — The K-State volleyball team could not overcome its offense that hit less than .100 and was swept by TCU (25-23, 25-21, 25-22) on Wednesday in the TCU Recreational Center.
The Wildcats (17-11, 5-10 Big 12) were unable to contain the fast-paced TCU (16-14, 4-11 Big 12) offense and overcome the Horned Frogs’ physical presence at the net. TCU hit .245 and had 13.0 blocks while K-State had a .062 hitting percentage and six blocks in the Wildcats’ final road match of the season.
Neither team had a player reach double-digits in kills as senior Kaitlynn Pelger led the Wildcats with nine kills and a .217 hitting percentage. Taylor Johnson, Chelsea Keating and Dakota Kaufman each had six kills.
Pelger also had two aces and four block assists to give her 13.0 points in the match. She moved into second place on K-State’s all-time career points list with 1,865.
Freshman Kersten Kober paced K-State with nine digs, giving her 207 digs on the season. She becomes the first K-State freshman defensive specialist with 200 digs in a season since 2004.
The loss drops K-State to 0-8 in Big 12 road matches this season. It is the first time the Wildcats have not won a road conference match in a season in the Big 12 era.
The Wildcats grabbed an early 7-3 lead in the first set behind three kills from Pelger, but the Horned Frogs crept back using four straight K-State attack errors - three of which were on blocks - to jump ahead 8-7 and force K-State to call a timeout.
K-State crawled back in front, using back-to-back kills by Traxson and Johnson to make it 13-11. TCU, however, powered ahead again with a 4-0 run, featuring two kills, a block and an ace, that made it 15-13.
Trailing 23-21, the Wildcats tied it back up at 23-23 on a TCU service error and Pelger’s fourth kill of the set. TCU responded quickly, though, with a kill and K-State attack error to clinch the set.
In the second set, the Wildcats established a three-point lead before a media timeout helped change the momentum. Coming out of the break, TCU rattled off four straight points, two by kills and two by blocks, to snag the lead from the Wildcats and make it 16-15 Horned Frogs. The Wildcats went on to tie it three different times, but a 4-0 TCU run made it 22-18 and forced K-State to burn both of its timeouts. The Horned Frogs clinched the set on the Wildcats’ ninth attack error of the set.
TCU’s offense became too much in the third set as the Horned Frogs turned in their best hitting percentage (.324) of the night and committed only four errors. Tied at 5-5, TCU went on a 7-3 run, helped by four kills, to make it 12-8. K-State rallied from a 20-16 deficit, eventually taking the lead 22-21 after a Horned Frogs’ attack error, but TCU clinched the match with four straight points to end the set.
K-State wraps up its 2013 season on Saturday, November 30 with a match against No. 25 Iowa State in Ahearn Field House. It will be Senior Night, as the Wildcats honor their class of six seniors in the final home match of their careers.