AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (2-2) battled hard, but fell to No. 6 Penn State (4-0) 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-16) Friday night at Hilton Coliseum. The Cylones had no answer for a PSU attack which picked up the pace as the night went on.
The loss to the Nittany Lions snapped Iowa State’s 10-match home winning streak. Leading ISU in defeat was junior Candelaria Herrera, who contributed 10 kills at .600 hitting. Setter Piper Mauck notched a double-double of 28 assists and 10 digs, her first of the season.
Set One: Penn State 25 Iowa State 22
Iowa State jumped out to an early 8-2 lead in the set, forcing a Penn State timeout. However, the lead didn’t last long as the Nittany Lions rallied to cut the lead down to one, 15-14. Penn State eventually knotted the set up at 20 apiece, later winning the set 25-22. Despite leading early, the Cyclones struggled to stave off Penn State’s potent attack, as they hit .333% on the set. Iowa State was led in the set by Candelaria Herrera, who had five kills.
Set Two: Penn State 25 Iowa State 16
The Nittany Lions continued their momentum from the first set, starting the second set off with a 6-2 lead. They were then able to extend the lead to 13-5 with the help of four blocks. Penn State continued to be red-hot as they took the set 25-16. Herrera continued to play well for the Cyclones, as she had three kills on her three attempts and added a block assist.
Set Three: Penn State 25 Iowa State 16
Iowa State wasn’t able to stop Penn State early, as the Nittany Lions opened the set with a 10-5 lead. Penn State was then able to push the lead out to a comfortable 20-13 margin. Penn State went on to win the set and thereby the match with a set score of 25-16. The Nittany Lions hit for .455 on the final set, whereas Iowa State hit .059.
The Cyclones’ next match will again be in Hilton Coliseum on Sunday as they host LSU in their second match of the Cyclone Invitational. First serve will be at Noon with Cyclones.TV Powered by Mediacom televising the match.