No. 16 K-State Takes Cat Fight in Four

MUTIGERS.COM Catie Wilson led Tigers with 12 kills
Catie Wilson led Tigers with 12 kills

Oct. 8, 2008

Box Score

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Missouri volleyball team (8-8, 2-4 Big 12) put an early shock into the No. 16 Kansas State Wildcats (15-3, 5-2 Big 12), but couldn't pull off a Wednesday night upset in Manhattan, falling 25-23, 22-25, 23-25, 22-25. Sophomore Catie Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) was electric in scoring a team-high, season-high, and tied-career-high 12 kills on a .385 hitting percentage while Amanda Hantouli and Weiwen Wang added 10 kills apiece. Hantouli also led the team with four blocks while Weiwen tallied 12 assists for a double-double.

Sophomore Julianna Klein marked nine kills on the night, adding a career-high 19 digs. Sophomore libero Caitlyn Vann notched 19 kills as well, adding three service aces.

Lei Wang contributed another double-double in spreading 29 assists and 13 digs.

K-State was led by Natalya Korobkova who had a match-high 16 kills. Megan Farr scored on six blocks and 11 kills.

The Tigers kept things close throughout the first set and made the first real warning shot when Caitlyn Vann scored a service ace as part of a three-point serving run to make the score 9-8. Mizzou would reach the 15-point, media timeout benchmark first after a 6-4 that made the score 15-12. Mizzou was hitting .303 as a team within that first phase of the frame, but that turned to .083 after K-State scored on the three-straight blocks to tie the score at 16-16 and force Mizzou's first timeout. Six-consecutive matching sideouts and ties - as part of 13 total ties in the set - took the score to 22-22 and after a K-State ace that followed, the Tigers had to use its final timeout. Mizzou would take the set after scoring the next three points, two off K-State errors and the final off a Lei Wang-Hantouli double block. After the rollercoaster of hitting percentage, the Tigers settled for a .229 tally in the set. Sophomore Catie Wilson was perfect in the stanza, scoring five kills (mostly off tool hits) in her five attacks. Hantouli scored four kills - Klein scored on three.



The second set started similarly to the first as the teams exchanged four lead changes and eight ties on the way to 16-16. Mizzou ended a K-State three-point run with a beautiful-slide kill by Hantouli to make the score 19-17, but the Wildcats kept control, scoring on five of the next seven rallies to earn a set point at 24-19. Mizzou fought back with three straight, but surrendered the frame on a KSU kill.

Mizzou had difficulty finding a good rhythm to start third stanza. The offensive production was not what it was in the first two sets, at first, as the Tigers went down 15-7 and then 21-13. But the Tigers clawed back with a 7-3 run that made the score 24-20. Mizzou scored on three straight to scare the `Cats at 24-23, but a K-State block ended the surge as the Wildcats took the set 25-23. Up to this point the Tiger star was Catie Wilson who scored a team-high 12 kills in the first three sets on .478 hitting (12-1-23).

K-State took the advantage early in the fourth going 7-2 before a Mizzou timeout. But, the Tigers fought back with some key kills by Brittany Brimmage and Weiwen Wang to go on a 9-4 run, tying the game and 11-11 and forcing a Wildcat timeout. Starting at 14-14, K-State scored three straight on kills to force a MU timeout at 17-14. The run was extended to a 6-1 run for K-State as they would go ahead 20-15. Mizzou would eventually pull the score within two after a Vann ace to make it 22-20, and again made a one point game after a Weiwen Wang kill to make it 23-22. But, the `Cats seized the day and the match with two in a row.

The Tigers will next host No. 2 Nebraska (16-0, 7-0) in the Hearnes Center, Sunday at NOON. For the fourth-annual "Can the Huskers" event, patrons can receive entry into the match with two canned goods that will go to benefit the Central Missouri Food Bank. The match will also be aired live in most of the national FSN markets. Check local listings.

WEDNESDAY IN THE BIG 12 Colorado def. Texas Tech, 25-21, 25-16, 25-11

Kansas tied with Texas A&M, 20-25, 19-25, 25-16, 25-19, ...

(2) Nebraska def. Oklahoma, 25-16, 25-19, 25-14

(3) Texas def. Baylor, 25-14, 25-22, 25-15

Iowa State, idle

Home team listed first