No. 1 Texas notches fifth Big 12 sweep with win at Kansas State

Matt Warden

Top-ranked Texas (15-2, 8-0 Big 12) continued its winning streak in Manhattan, Kan. on Saturday afternoon by sweeping Kansas State (14-7, 2-6 Big 12). The win gave the Longhorns eight consecutive conference wins and 11 straight overall.

After Kansas fell behind in the first set 8-7, the Longhorns rallied for 10-straight points and only surrendered four more points the rest of the set for a 25-11 victory. The Wildcats’ 11 points were the least for any Texas opponent all season in a set.

The second frame looked very similar to the first as the set began with a 5-5 tie before back-to-back kills by freshman Chiaka Ogbogu and a 4-0 rally gave the Longhorns the momentum. After trading point-for-point the rest of the set, an Amy Neal kill set up match point and a Khat Bell kill clinched the set 25-18.

Although the third set was the closest of the match, with Texas eventually winning 25-20, the Longhorns dominated with 17 kills and only four errors in what was arguably one of their best Big 12 sets all season.

All-American outside hitters Haley Eckerman and Bailey Webster led the Longhorns with nine kills apiece in the match as Texas outhit the Wildcats .345-.050. Texas held Kansas State to just 28 kills with 23 errors in the match.

The Longhorns will continue to try and add to their streak when they host the TCU Horned Frogs on Wednesday night at
Gregory Gym.