AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (10-4, 1-1 Big 12) was able to get itself back on track with a win against Kansas (4-8, 0-2 Big 12) sweeping the match 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-18) Wednesday night in Hilton Coliseum.
The Cyclones were led on offense by their senior Josie Herbst, who tied her season-high of 15 kills for the second-straight match. Jenna Brandt set up her teammates all match long, assisting on 31 Cyclone kills, helping guide the ISU offense to .283 hitting. On the frontline, Candelaria Herrera had six blocks (one solo, five assists), while Avery Rhodes had five.
Set One: Iowa State 25 Kansas 23
Things were back and forth early, as there were five ties before either team hit 10. The match continued to be tight all the way though, as the biggest lead either team could muster was three. Iowa State had set point first and closed it out on first asking with a KU ball-handling error. Herbst led the Cyclone attack with six kills, while Jenna Brandt pitched in 10 assists.
Set Two: Iowa State 25 Kansas 20
Iowa State was able to start fast and jump out to 9-4 lead, forcing a Jayhawk timeout. Following a string of KU errors, the Cyclones were able to push ahead to a 16-10 lead. The lead was stretched to eight as ISU lead 21-13, which forced Kansas to call their second timeout. Kansas cut the Cyclone lead in half, but Iowa State proved too much, winning the set 25-20. Herbst again lead the way for the Iowa State attack with four kills and Brandt continued to dish out assists, this time contributing 12.
Set Three: Iowa State 25 Kansas 18
Set three saw another back-and-forth beginning with no team gaining ground. The two teams found themselves tied for the eighth time as the score hit 15 apiece. Iowa State eventually used a four-point run to pull ahead 20-16. Iowa State later wrapped up the match with a kill from Herbst, winning 25-18. Candelaria Herrera notched three blocks in the final set.
Player of the Match
Josie Herbst. The Iowa State senior tied her season-high in kills with 15 to pace the Cyclones’ scoring attack, hitting .314 on her 35 attempts. She also contributed four total blocks in the match.
Following the Cyclones’ victory over the Jayhawks, the Cyclones will travel to Morgantown, West Virginia to play the Mountaineers on Saturday. The match’s first serve is set to be at 10 a.m. Central Time.