AMES, Iowa – No. 19 Iowa State suffered its first defeat of 2017 Tuesday night, falling to UNI 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-17, 11-15). The loss drops ISU to 7-1 on the season, while the Panthers move up to 8-3.
The Cyclones struggled offensively, only hitting .156 as a team, and committing 35 attack errors on the night. Grace Lazard and Jess Schaben guided the ISU attack with 12 kills each. The Iowa State defense kept the home team in the match, as ISU dug 92 balls, led by 25 from Hali Hillegas. Freshman piper Mauck had her second career double-double with 28 assists and 19 digs, while Schaben also had a double-double with 18 digs.
Set One: UNI 25 Iowa State 21
Iowa State made a 5-1 run mid-set that eventually led to a 17-13 lead. However, the advantage was short lived as the Panthers took five of six points to tie the set at 18-18, and eventually pull ahead for good at 20-19. Grace Lazard was stuffed by Moriah Johnson to give the Panthers the first 25-21.
Set Two: Iowa State 25 UNI 21
The most competitive set of the match, which featured 14 ties and six lead changes. While UNI pieced together a 14-11 advantage, a strong serving run by Piper Mauck kicked off a 4-0 run to put ISU back ahead. Down 18-17, the Cyclones then ran off five-straight to pull ahead 22-18. ISU evened the match when Heather Hook’s set was unable to find a Panther teammate at 25-21 ISU.
Set Three: UNI 25 Iowa State 23
UNI broke open an even set with a 7-0 run that made a 10-10 match a 17-10 Panther advantage. The Cyclones quickly resonded, going on a 5-1 run to slice the lead to three at 18-15, and eventually grinding their way back to a 22-22 tie when Genesis Miranda and Alexis Conaway stuffed Piper Thomas. Miranda fought off UNI’s first set point with a kill, but gave it back on an ensuing service error to give UNI a 2-1 lead.
Set Four: Iowa State 25 UNI 17
The Cyclones put it all together in set four, hitting .314 while keeping UNI at .116. The Cyclones got the first two points of the set and never looked back, with the serve of Izzy Enna in particular causing the visiting Panthers problems. Piper Thomas put one wide for the Panthers to force a fifth set at 25-17.
Set Five: UNI 15 Iowa State 11
The Cyclones were down the whole way, with a 4-0 Panther run to make it 7-3 giving the visitors plenty of breathing room. Iowa State chipped away, eventually taking the lead down to one at 11-10. However, the Cyclones luck ran out as a 3-0 run by the Panthers brought up match point, which was put away by Bri Weber on the second asking with a kill to the backcourt at 15-11.
Iowa State is on the road this weekend at the Shocker Volleyball Classic, hosted by Wichita State. ISU begins the tournament on Saturday with No. 8 Creighton at 4:30 p.m., and will then take on hosts Wichita State on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.