BOONE, North Carolina – Iowa State (4-3) picked up its first win of Friday with a 3-1 (25-16, 32-30, 24-26, 25-20) victory over Western Carolina (2-6) Friday afternoon at the Holmes Center. It was the Cyclones’ first match of the 2019 Appalachian Invitational.
The Cyclone serve was strong, notching 13 aces on the day, their highest total since serving up 15 vs. Texas Tech in 2013. Iowa State was led by Annie Hatch, who had a career-high 17 kills. She was joined in double figures by Eleanor Holthaus (15 kills) and Josier Herbst (13 kills, .393 hitting). In the back row, ISU got 15 digs from Izzy Enna and 12 from Michal Schuler. Piper Mauck had her fourth-straight double-double with 54 assists and 10 digs.
Set One: Iowa State 25 Western Carolina 16
Western Carolina snuck ahead at 3-2, but behind the serve of Michal Schuler, the Cyclones were able to go on a 5-0 run which included a pair of Schuler aces to move ahead 7-3. The Catamounts held tough to be within three at 13-10, but Iowa State found a 4-0 run to get ahead 17-10. The ISU serve produced six aces, while the attack clicked to a .423 hitting percentage for the frame. Kate Shannon fired back-to-back aces to give ISU set one at 25-16.
Set Two: Iowa State 32 Western Carolina 30
The Cyclones found Candelaria Herrera early, as the Argentine got back-to-back kills to help ISU ahead 5-4. WCU battled back to tie it at 7-7, but Iowa State stepped up with a 5-0 run to get ahead 12-7. Western Carolina battled back to within one at 13-12, but a strong serving run from Eleanor Holthaus helped push the Cyclones ahead 18-12. The Catamounts were able to fight off five ISU set points to tie it at 24-24. Iowa State missed out on the next six set points, but Holthaus finally ended proceedings with her ninth kill of the set at 32-30.
Set Three: Western Carolina 26 Iowa State 24
WCU’s block stepped up to slow down the Cyclone attack and give the Catamounts a three-point lead at 16-13. The Cyclones got a strong serving run from Kate Shannon to erase the deficit, as Piper Mauck tied it with a dump at 18-18, and Holthaus killed from the back row to make it 19-18 Cyclones. A couple of ISU errors allowed Western Carolina back ahead at 20-19, and the Catamounts reached set point at 24-22. The Cyclones survived both via an Annie Hatch kill and a WCU ball-handling error to knot it at 24-24. Western Carolina got another set point at 25-24 and converted it with an Abigail Veit ace at 26-24.
Set Four: Iowa State 25 Western Carolina 20
Josie Herbst’s ace, ISU’s 13th of the day, was part of a 3-0 run that helped get the Cyclones ahead in the set. The Catamounts fought back to tie the set at 18-18, but Holthaus stepped up with another kill to move back ahead 19-18. It was a lead the Cyclones would not lose as a huge solo block by Mauck made it 23-20, which Hatch followed with a kill at 24-20. WCU fired wide on the next point to give the match to the Cyclones.
Player of the Match
Annie Hatch. The freshman from Mesa, Arizona was coming off a career-best 16 kills vs. UNI on Wednesday and one-upped it again with 17 vs. Western Carolina on Friday afternoon. She also got her 17 kills at .300 hitting to go with five digs and a block.
BOONE, North Carolina – Iowa State (5-3) wrapped up a 2-0 day at the Appalachian Invitational with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-19) win over hosts Appalachian State (3-6) Friday night at the Holmes Convocation Center.
The Cyclone attack clicked their way to a season-best .456 hitting percentage, the eight-best single-match hitting percentage in program history and the third-best under head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch. Leading the way was Josie Herbst, who got her 11 kills at a career-best .588 hitting percentage. Candelaria Herrera had 10 kills at .444 hitting.
Set One: Iowa State 25 Appalachian State 22
A tight first set did not see either team able to pull ahead by much. A 3-0 run allowed ASU to get ahead 4-2, but that was the last time either side would be ahead by two until ISU got ahead 15-13 on a Mountaineer attack error. The visitors made it three at 18-15 on a block by Annie Hatch and Candelaria Herrera. App State fought back within one on multiple occasions, but Avery Rhodes came up with a kill and solo block to restore the three-point lead at 22-19. The Cyclones wrapped up the first when Herrera killed at 25-22 ISU.
Set Two: Iowa State 25 Appalachian State 16
Appalachian State snuck ahead early at 6-4, but the Cyclone block helped get ISU back into the set and ahead at 9-8 on a Piper Mauck kill. Tied at 10-10, Iowa State took advantage of some ASU errors to get ahead 19-10, a run which included three Eleanor Holthaus kills and a Josie Herbst ace. That was more than enough for ISU, who hit .522 as a team for the set (the Cyclones’ best hit percentage in a set in 2019) while restricting the home team to .156 hitting. The Cyclones made it 2-0 when Herbst killed at 25-16.
Set Three: Iowa State 25 Appalachian State 19
Both offenses were strong early, as once again neither team could get an early advantage. Iowa State began to build some momentum mid-set, getting on a 6-0 run to move ahead 18-14. That would be all the advantage ISU would need as the Cyclone offense continued to roll, hitting .500 in the final frame. Hatch sealed match point with her eighth kill of the night at 25-19.
Player of the Match
Josie Herbst. ISU’s lone senior showed what she could do once again, recording her sixth match of the season in double figures. Herbst finished with 11 kills at .588 hitting, the best hit percentage of her career. She also chipped in with seven digs and an ace.
Iowa State closes out the Appalachian Invitational tomorrow against North Carolina State. First serve between the Cyclones and the Wolfpack will be at Noon Central Time, with AppVision streaming the match for free.