Sept. 22, 2013
SPRINGFIELD -- The Missouri State volleyball team suffered a 25-17, 25-21, 25-17 loss to Kansas State Sunday afternoon at Hammons Student Center in Springfield. The Bears fell to 8-5, while the Wildcats, who received the No. 30 vote total in the AVCA Top 25 this week, improved to 12-1.
The Bears fell behind 4-0 in the first set but quickly had the lead at 10-8 with a 4-0 run that included two kills from Kaitlin Jaeger and another from Kayla Walton. The Wildcats used runs of 7-0 and 5-0 to take control, jumping ahead 15-10 with the first before using the 5-0 spurt to lead 21-14 after the Bears closed to 16-14. Kansas State had five blocks in the set on the way to 15 for the match.
Kansas State’s 5-0 run countered MSU’s 3-1 start to the second period, but Walton and Kayln Vlasin combined for a block and a 10-10 tie. Walton and Jaeger joined up for another block and a 16-16 deadlock, but another 5-0 run for the visitors gave the Wildcats control at 21-16. Missouri State closed to three points on four occasions but got no closer.
Missouri State trailed throughout the third set after the Wildcats scored the first two points. Back-to-back aces gave Kansas State at 13-7 advantage, and Olivia Brand’s kill for 15-12 was as close as Missouri State would get for the remainder of the match.
Karen Rivatto led the MSU offense for a second straight match with 11 kills, while Jaeger had eight kills on .471 hitting with five blocks. Ashley Mason scooped 22 digs and Tatum Marshall had 10.
The Wildcats hit .243 compared to .139 for the Bears.
The Bears return to Missouri Valley Conference play Friday at 7 p.m. when they visit Drake.