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No. 1 Texas Volleyball Blanks K-State for fourth Big 12 Sweep

The Longhorns extended their win streak to 11 matches and improved to a perfect 8-0 in league play. (Photo: University of Texas Athletics)

The Longhorns extended their win streak to 11 matches and improved to a perfect 8-0 in league play. (Photo: University of Texas Athletics)

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- No. 1 Texas Volleyball outhit K-State .345-.050 Saturday evening at Ahearn Field House en route to sweeping its fourth Big 12 Conference opponent (25-11, 25-18, 25-20) of the season. The All-American duo of Bailey Webster and Haley Eckerman led the Longhorns’ offensive effort with nine kills each as Texas increased its win streak to 11 matches.

With a slim 8-7 lead in the first set, Texas (15-2, 8-0 Big 12) rattled off 10 straight points for an 18-7 advantage over K-State (14-7, 2-6 Big 12). The Wildcats took points off back-to-back hitting errors by the Longhorns, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap further as the Wildcats committed their own pair of errors. Ahead again by 10, Texas closed the game with a 4-0 run and held K-State to just 11 points, the fewest by any opponent this season.

The Longhorns broke a 5-all tie in game two with four straight points that included back-to-back kills by freshman Chiaka Ogbogu and two errors by the Wildcats. K-State took three of the next four points, but Texas pushed back with three of its own for a 13-8 lead. The teams traded points for the remainder of the set until an Amy Neal kill set up the Longhorns’ first set point attempt, 24-17. Kaitlynn Pelger kept the Wildcats alive with a kill, but Khat Bell responded on the following attempt to clinch the game with her fifth kill of the night to give the Longhorns a 2-0 lead.

Texas never trailed in game three after quickly building a 6-1 advantage. K-State closed the gap to two points, 18-20, after a 4-1 run, but it couldn’t come any closer as Texas held on for the 25-20 win.

Texas has now won the last 20 matches in the all-time series with K-State dating back to Oct. 15, 2003.

Texas continues Big 12 action Wednesday evening when it hosts TCU at Gregory Gym. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. Central and the match will be televised by Longhorn Network.

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