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K-State Sweeps Southeast Missouri State in Home Opener


Press Release Kansas State University:

TheKansas State volleyball team swept Southeast Missouri State 3-0 (25-23, 25-17,25-15) in the Wildcats' 2013 home opener at Ahearn Field House on Fridayafternoon.


K-Stateremains undefeated (4-0) on the season with the sweep of the Redhawks. SeniorsDakota Kaufman and Kaitlynn Pelger posted double-digit kills with 11 and 10,respectively. Pelger added 10 digs to record her third double-double of theseason and 27th of her career.


Pelgeralso had all five service aces for the Wildcats, setting a new career-high. Itwas more than just aces, though, that head coach Suzie Fritz was proud of inthe match.


"Ourserving was really effective," said Fritz. "We forced them out of system, andthey were not able to get their quick [sets] going."


Thehome opener also provided the intangible advantage Fritz looks forward to whenthe Wildcats play in Manhattan.


"Itwas great just to have our own people, our own band and our fans, all rootingfor us," said Fritz. "Honestly, there is just no better place to play than homein Ahearn [Field House]."


KatieBrand turned in her third double-double of the season with 40 assists and 10digs. The redshirt freshman has recorded a double-double in three straightmatches.


K-Stateimproved over the course of the match across almost all statistical categories.In the most convincing set victory, the Wildcats hit at a .295 hittingpercentage in the 25-15 third set win, tallying 17 kills over 44 attempts and amatch-low four errors.


"Ithought as a team we came out and played really well," said Kaufman. "We sweptthem and that is what we wanted to do. We played very consistently and that issomething we wanted to achieve coming out of the locker room."


TheWildcats built as much as a 12-point lead in the third set when Chelsea Keatingnotched her fourth kill of the match to make it 18-6 K-State. The juniorfinished with three kills, all registered in the third and final set.


Twoother Wildcats stepped up off the bench as junior Natali Jones had five killswith a .667 hitting percentage and Courtney Cook had three kills with a .600hitting percentage on five attempts. The five kills for Jones are acareer-high. Cook had two kills in the second set delivering the penultimateand clinching points for the 25-17 win.


TheWildcats complete their Friday doubleheader at 7:30 pm against SouthernIllinois. The Salukis swept Siena earlier in the day to open up the K-StateInvitational.


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