MANHATTAN, Kansas – Iowa State snapped a four-match losing skid with a 3-1 (25-19, 25-23, 21-25, 25-16) win over Kansas State Wednesday night at Ahearn Field House. The win improves the Cyclones to 9-10 overall and 2-4 in Big 12 play. K-State is now 10-7 overall and 0-6 in league play.
The Cyclones were led by a career-high 17 kills at .625 hitting and seven blocks from Grace Lazard. Jess Schaben had a double-double of 14 kills and 13 digs, while Josie Herbst finished with 13 kills and .344 hitting. In the back row, Izzy Enna had a career-high 17 digs.
Set One: Iowa State 25 Kansas State 19
The Cyclones controlled action at the net, with the attack and block both making contributions to push ISU ahead 11-7. The Cyclones were able to maintain a lead in that range for most of the set, and then put it away with Josie Herbst serving up a 3-0 run to make it 20-13 Iowa State. The Cyclone offense hit .484 for the set, led by five kills each for Herbst and Grace Lazard and four kills by Eleanor Holthaus. Herbst’s fifth kill, off the KSU block, gave ISU set one 25-19.
Set Two: Iowa State 25 Kansas State 23
Both offenses were clicking early on, not allowing each other to pull ahead by more than one point. K-State finally changed that when Elle Sandbothe and Brooke Heyne blocked Holthaus at 11-9 Wildcats. The Cyclones struck back with a 4-0 run capped by a Jess Schaben kill out of the back row at 15-13 Iowa State. K-State tied it at 17-17, and were back ahead at 20-19, but the Cyclone block got ahead again at 21-20. The Cyclones forced their way to set point at 24-22 and got it on the second asking when Kylee Zumach fired long at 25-23, ISU.
Set Three: Kansas State 25 Iowa State 21
Again, both attacks started off the set strong, before the Cats got a breakthrough with a block of Schaben at 8-6 KSU. The Wildcat offense got off to a flying start, hitting .750 to pull ahead 12-8. Down 21-16, the return of Lazard to the court, Schaben to the front row and Enna’s trip behind the service line produced a 3-0 run to cut the Wildcat lead to a pair at 21-19. Schaben got it down to one with a kill at 22-21, but KSU got the final three points of the set, with Schaben firing long to give the Wildcats the third 25-21.
Set Four: Iowa State 25 Kansas State 16
The Cyclones got blocks on the first two points of the set and used that to maintain the lead through the early portions of the set. K-State tied it up at 9-9, but the ISU block stepped up again with Lazard and Piper Mauck teaming to put the visitors ahead again. Schaben’s short serve frustrated KSU’s passing, as ISU went on a 6-0 run to move ahead 17-10. That was all the room ISU needed, as the Cyclone defense stepped up to hold KSU to .081 hitting in the set. Match point arrived at 24-15 and was clinched when Candelaria Herrera notched her sixth kill at 25-16, ISU.
Player of the Match
Grace Lazard. The senior middle blocker had another big match, finishing the night with a career-high 17 kills at .625 hitting. On the block, she finished with seven blocks and also contributed two digs and an ace to the Cyclone victory.
Iowa State is back at home on Saturday to host TCU. First serve between the Cyclones and Horned Frogs will be at noon with Cyclones.TV Powered by Mediacom televising the match.
Fans with tickets to ISU’s football game against West Virginia on Saturday evening can show his/her football ticket at any Hilton Coliseum entrance to receive free admission. Saturday’s match will also be Iowa State’s 10-year reunion to celebrate the 2008 Elite Eight squad, who will be recognized during the match.