AMES, Iowa – Iowa State opened up the Cyclone Classic with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-20) win over Wyoming Thursday night at Hilton Coliseum. The win improved ISU to 7-4 on the season, while the Cowgirls fell to 8-2.
The ISU effort was led by a double-double of 14 kills and 12 digs from Jess Schaben, while Hali Hillegas led the back-row with 20 digs, her sixth match of the season reaching the 20-dig plateau. The Cyclone serve fired seven service aces, while the ISU block finished with 10.0 total blocks.
Set One: Iowa State 25 Wyoming 17
A strong serving run from Hali Hillegas helped ISU out to a 5-1 lead. A 5-0 run on the Grace Lazard serve opened the advantage to 11-5. The Cyclone lead got up to as many as 10 points at 20-10. Iowa State was strong behind the service line, posting three aces in the frame. ISU held the Cowgirls to a .097 hitting percentage, with Josie Herbst and Meegan Hart’s block giving the frame to the Cyclones at 25-17.
Set Two: Iowa State 25 Wyoming 23
Wyoming reeled off the first three points of the frame, but ISU was able to settle in and got back ahead at 7-6 on consecutive Piper Mauck aces. The Cowgirls rallied to get back ahead 14-13, with ISU getting back ahead at 15-14, and UW retaking the lead at 16-15. The Cyclones were back ahead at 19-18 on a Hillegas ace, but Wyoming was able to tie it back up at 23-23. Lazard killed to get ISU to set point first, which Schaben put away with a roll shot at 25-23.
Set Three: Iowa State 25 Wyoming 20
A 4-0 Cowgirl run put the visitors ahead 9-7, but behind the Mauck serve Iowa State roared back with an 8-0 run to get ahead 15-9. The ISU block was dominant, recording five blocks in the first 13 Iowa State points of the frame. Wyoming made a small rally late, going on a 3-0 run to cut the ISU lead to 20-16, but the Cyclones were able to finish it off when Candelaria Herrera killed on the slide at 25-20.
Player of the Match
Jess Schaben. The senior had a tremendous match, posting her match-high 14 kills at a .314 hitting percentage. She also got her 21st career double-double with 12 digs.
Iowa State is back in action at the Cyclone Classic on Friday against Iowa as part of the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. First serve between the Cyclones and Hawkeyes will be at 6:30 p.m.