No. 5 Texas rallies to beat No. 22 Kansas State for 23rd time in a row
AUSTIN, Texas -- No. 5 Texas (18-1, 10-1) rallied to beat No. 22 Kansas State (20-5, 7-4), 3-1, (16-25, 25-15, 25-21, 25-16) Friday evening at Gregory Gym. Junior outside hitter Amy Neal recorded her third career double-double (14 kills, 12 digs) in the pink-out Volley for a Cure match.
Senior outside hitter Haley Eckerman recorded her sixth-straight match with double-digit kills (10), while sophomore middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu matched her career high in blocks with eight.
The win marked Texas' 23rd consecutive victory against the Wildcats.
In the first set, the Longhorns (18-1, 10-1 Big 12) failed to overcome an early five-point run as the Wildcats built a 10-5 lead. Texas came as close as within two (14-16), but could not close the gap and Kansas State took the set, 25-16.
In the second set, Texas bounced back with an early 4-0 lead to force a Kansas State timeout. The Horns continued their momentum by going on a 6-2 run to build a 17-9 lead. Texas maintained its lead and closed out the set to win 25-15. Neal paced the Horns with three kills on a .750 kill percentage in the set.
After the break, the third set was knotted at 4-all until the Horns went on a 4-0 run. The Wildcats rallied to within two (15-13) but Texas went on a 6-1 run, including two kills from Neal, to build the largest lead of the set, 21-14. The Wildcats fought back to trail by three, but an Eckerman kill put the third set away, 25-21.
After dropping the first point of the fourth set, Texas replied with two points and never trailed the rest of the way. Texas went on a 4-0 run to build the largest lead of the set, 18-10, thanks to two kills from senior Khat Bell. Once again, Eckerman would put the set away, but this time with two kills, to win the set, 25-17
Brooke Sassin led the Wildcats with 13 kills.
Texas continues Big 12 play when West Virginia comes to Austin on Nov. 12.