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Volleyball: No. 14 K-State Downs Cyclones

MANHATTAN, Kan. – No. 22 Iowa State (8-6, 1-2 Big 12) fell at No. 14 Kansas State (16-1, 3-1 Big 12) Wednesday night in straight sets (15-25, 25-27, 17-25).

The Wildcats picked up their nation-leading 13th sweep of the season behind 16 kills from reigning Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, Kaitlynn Pelger. The middle blocker hit .556 with only one error against Iowa State.

Iowa State sophomore outside hitter Victoria Hurtt was the only Cyclone to reach 10 kills on the night, notching double-figures and contributed a team-high two block assists, along with junior Tenisha Matlock.

Service errors plagued both teams throughout the match; the squads combined for 11 service aces and 19 service errors. Iowa State’s night included 16 attack errors, to the Cats’ six, and four blocking errors, all contributing factors in the loss.

Senior Taylor Knuth came off the bench in the second set for a career-high six kills, hitting .308. Libero Kristen Hahn had 18 digs for the Cyclones, ending her four-match streak of at least 25 digs.

The Wildcats came out hot in the first set, hitting .632 and collecting four blocks, shutting down the Iowa State offense that never got into rhythm. Pelger led all players with five kills in the set. Alex Muff had three block assists in the four-block team effort by K-State. Jamie Straube led Iowa State with three kills.

Iowa State looked to even the match at a set apiece in game two, taking an 18-14 lead late in the set. The Cats refused to go away however, clawing back for a 21-21 tie and reaching set point, 24-22. The Cyclones rallied to tie the score at 24-24 and again at 25-25 but a blocking error on the Cyclones gave K-State the final set point it needed and Muff put away the set win.

Set three belonged to the K-State offense once again as the squad hit .438 and posted four blocks to close out the win. Porubek and Pelger each notched five kills in the final set.

The week on the road continues Saturday when the Cyclones visit Lubbock, Texas to play an 11 a.m. CDT match with Texas Tech.

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