Lakeside Alum News - Megan Vernon (K-State)
Article from the K-State website:
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State concluded its exhibition slate with a come-from-behind five-set win over Missouri Saturday afternoon at Ahearn Field House, 25-22, 14-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-11.
"We were pleased," head coach Suzie Fritz said following the match. "What a great opportunity for us to, organically, have to play well and play long and play consistently and having to come back after being down 2-1. I just think there were a lot of tremendous learning opportunities for us in that one. Also, to be able to gain some confidence and find our way through and win in five is, I think, a really good start for us."
Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Brynn Carlson led the Wildcats with 19 kills, as three Cats reached double-digit kills. Sophomore opposite Gloria Mutiri added a dozen while redshirt junior middle blocker Peyton Williams finished with 10.
"I thought Brynn Carlson was really special, she's been doing that all preseason, "added Fritz. "I don't think we are surprised by it, because she's been really good. I thought [Gloria] Mutiri was really good. I thought Dru Kuck, for her first outing, had a really nice night. Peyton [Williams], of course, too. The ones that we needed to play consistently well – Peyton, Sarah [Dixon], Brynn – they did what we needed them to do to allow some ebbs and flows at some other positions."
Following a 25-22 victory in Set 1, K-State dropped the second and third sets. Carlson led the charge in Sets 4 and 5, as she tallied nine kills without an error over the final two frames. The Woodbury, Minnesota, native registered four of the Cats' six kills in the decisive set.
The K-State collected six of its 11 blocks in the final two sets, led by redshirt sophomore Megan Vernon who accounted for five total blocks. Vernon ended the match with a team-best six total blocks (five block assists, one solo).
In the fourth set, K-State produced scoring runs of four and five unanswered points – both behind the service of Williams. The Wildcats tallied four of their nine service aces in Set 4.
The Cats jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the final frame, as they never trailed in completing the comeback victory. Vernon along with Mutiri capped the victory with a tandem block.
Additionally, Coach Fritz and select Wildcats met with member of the media prior to the match as part of K-State's annual Media Day. Full audio of Media Day can be found here.
K-State officially begins its 2019 campaign on August 30 at the Wolfpack Invitational in Raleigh, North Carolina. There, the Cats will face off against host N.C. State, Austin Peay and Maryland.
The Cats' 2019 home opener is slated for September 5 against Clemson at 6 p.m. The matchup with the Tigers kicks off the annual K-State Invitational which will be played September 5-7 at Bramlage Coliseum. The three-day tournament also features Omaha and Central Arkansas, with all-session tickets available for just $10.
Season and single-match tickets for K-State's entire home schedule are now available by visiting K-StateSports.com/tickets. The home schedule will feature fan-friendly events including theme nights, giveaways and special offers. For a complete listing of promotions, visit K-StateSports.com/promotions.