LUBBOCK, Texas – Iowa State fell to Texas Tech 3-1 (22-25, 26-24, 25-15, 25-18) Friday night at United Supermarkets Arena. The loss drops ISU to 8-8 overall on the season and 1-2 in Big 12 play. Texas Tech is now 14-3 overall and maintained its lead in the Big 12 at 3-0.
Set One: Iowa State 25 Texas Tech 22
Iowa State’s offense got off to a strong start, with Jess Schaben and Grace Lazard guiding the visitors out to a 10-5 advantage. TTU chipped away, bringing the score within one on three occasions before finally knotting it back up at 15-15 on a block of Josie Herbst. Schaben helped carry ISU over the line, getting a pair of kills and a block with Lazard to get ahead 23-20. Herbst got the Cyclones to set point at 24-22, which was locked up on the first asking when Herbst and Candelaria Herrera teamed to block Allison White at 25-22.
Set Two: Texas Tech 26 Iowa State 24
The Cyclones were able to keep the momentum rolling, with Hali Hillegas’ ace opening up a 5-2 lead. Herrera and Eleanor Holtahus combined for a block to put ISU ahead 14-7, but Tech responded in a big way. The Red Raiders went on a 5-0 run to bring it within two. However, the Cyclones were able to return to Schaben, who helped keep the visitors ahead for good. ISU got to set point at 24-22, but Tech survived the attempts to knot it at 24-24. Tech brought up set point at 25-24, which was converted when Piper Mauck’s set could not find any of her hitters at 26-24.
Set Three: Texas Tech 25 Iowa State 15
It was a languid start to the third for ISU as the Red Raiders boasted the early advantage. TTU built its lead up to seven at 13-6, but ISU went on a quick 4-0 run to get back within three. However, the Cyclones could not keep the momentum going as the Raiders got ahead eight at 18-10. The Red Raiders hit .419 as a team in the set, while holding the Cyclones to .156 hitting. TTU moved ahead 2-1 when Herrera was denied by Allison White at 25-15.
Set Four: Texas Tech 25 Iowa State 18
ISU’s 4-2 lead was quickly washed out by a 5-1 TTU run which saw the Raiders move ahead 7-5. While the Cyclones were able to hang on for a little bit, Texas Tech used its block to push ahead by four at 12-8. There was no avenue back for ISU, as the Tech attack fired its way to a .432 hitting percentage for the set. The Red Raiders wrapped up the match when Emily Hill fired off the ISU block at 25-18.
Iowa State returns to Hilton Coliseum on Wednesday to take on Oklahoma. First serve between the Cyclones and Sooners will be at 6:30 p.m. with Cyclones.TV Powered by Mediacom televising the match. Wednesday’s match will be ISU’s “Dig Pink” match to promote breast cancer awareness. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the match.