Texas Tech’s Kate Klepetka Notches 2,000th Dig in Loss to K-State

  0 Wendy Mayer | October 07th, 2017 | Big 12, College - Women's Indoor, News


  • Kansas State def. Texas Tech 3-2 (25-15, 23-25, 17-25, 25-18, 15-11)
  • Kansas State moves to 9-9, 2-3 Big 12; Texas Tech falls to 12-6, 1-4 Big 12
  • Manhattan, Kansas
  • Attendance: 1,285
  • Box Score


MANHATTAN, Kan. – Redshirt senior libero Kate Klepetka pulled up 26 digs to become the third active Division I player to surpass the 2,000 dig mark as Texas Tech fell to Kansas State in five sets on Saturday.

K-State put up 18 blocks and served up five aces to overcome a 66-57 deficit in kills. The Wildcats won the block (18-8) and the serve (4-1), while outhitting the Red Raiders .214 to .163.

Senior opposite Bryna Vogel posted a match-high 16 kills and nine blocks to lead the Wildcat attack. Redshirt freshman middle blocker Peyton Williams added 11 kills and seven blocks, while hitting at a team-best .474 clip. Redshirt junior outside hitter Kylee Zumach added 11 kills on a .345 hitting effort. Junior libero Reilly Killeen notched 26 digs to pace the K-State defense, while redshirt junior defensive specialist Devan Fairfield (14) and redshirt sophomore setter Sarah Dixon (13) followed. Dixon rounded out a double-double with 19 assists.

Sophomore outside Chandler Atwood posted a match-high 21 kills, while sophomore outside Emily Hill added a 16-kill, 13-dig double double. Junior middle Katy Keenan and freshman middle Allison White chipped in nine kills apiece, while White put up a team-best five blocks. Klepetka, who is in her first year at Texas Tech after transferring from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, paced the defense with 26 digs and served up the team’s lone ace en route to the milestone save. Hill (13), redshirt junior setter Missy Owens (10) and freshman defensive specialist Emerson Solano (10) also posted double-digit dig tallies.

K-State took a 6-2 lead in the decisive fifth set with help from three Williams kills. TTU rallied with four straight points, with two Atwood putaways and a kill and a block by Keenan, to knot the score. The Wildcats called timeout and scored six of the next seven out of the break to go up 12-7. Two kills and a block by Vogel guided the K-State rally. The Red Raiders scored four of the next six, thwarting a Kansas State match-point try at 14-10, but couldn’t finish the comeback. Zumach notched the final kill in the Wildcat win.

Kansas State jumped out to an early 10-3 lead in Set 1 as TTU committed three errors and Elle Sandbothe put up three blocks. Kills by Voegl and Alyssa Schultejans boosted the margin to eight at 16-8. The Red Raiders were within five at 17-12, but K-State closed out the set on a 8-3 run. Williams downed three kills and a block as the Wildcats capped the 25-15 win.

Trailing by as many as four (9-5) in Set 2, Texas Tech erased the deficit and pushed ahead by two at 14-12. Three K-State miscues and three Atwood kills gave the Red Raiders the lead. The Wildcats took a brief 19-18 lead as Vogel and Schultejans turned in kills. TTU wrapped up the set with seven of the final 11 points. An Atwood kill set up the final point, which came on a Keenan putaway.

The Red Raiders carried the momentum into Set 3, cruising to a 10-4 lead and holding on for the 25-17 win. K-State was within four at 18-14, but couldn’t keep pace with Texas Tech, which marched on to a 24-16 lead with two kills and a block by White. A pair of Atwood kills clinched the win.

Down 6-4 in Set 4, Kansas State put together an 11-4 run, vaulting ahead by five at 15-10 as Texas Texas committed four errors and the Wildcats put up three blocks. K-State went up eight at 21-13 with two blocks and a kill by Vogel, and the team did not allow TTU closer than six the rest of the stanza. Two Williams putaway gave the Wildcats the 25-18 win and forced the decisive fifth set.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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