AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (11-5, 2-2 Big 12) saw its two-game winning streak snapped, as they fell to No. 1 Baylor (14-0, 4-0 Big 12), 3-0 (26-24, 25-18, 27-25) Wednesday night in Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State got to set point first in the first and third sets, but were unable to convert on either occasion.
The Cyclones were lead in defeat by Annie Hatch who had ten kills in the match. Hatch also pitched in two digs with three block assists. On defense, Iowa State saw Michal Schuler have 15 digs, while Izzy Enna had 14. In addition, Candelaria Herrera contributed six block assists in the match.
Set One: Baylor 26 Iowa State 24
Baylor was able to use four Iowa State errors to jump out to an early 7-4 lead. Two Shelly Stafford kills extended the Bears lead to 11-7, forcing an Iowa State timeout. Iowa State then used a four-point run to pull within two, 15-13, and Baylor called timeout. Iowa State was later able to pull ahead 17-16, thanks to its plethora of blocks (five in the set). For every Baylor point, Iowa State had an answer, as the back half of the set went back and forth. Iowa State failed to convert set point, and Baylor ended up winning the set 26-24.
Set Two: Baylor 25 Iowa State 18
Iowa State jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, but it didn’t last. The Bears forged ahead to an 11-7 lead thanks in part to a couple Cyclone errors. Iowa State was down five, but rallied with a 6-1 run to knot the set up at 14 apiece. After Iowa State went up 15-14, the Bears went on an 9-0 run to push the lead to 23-15, with eight-straight points coming off of Yossiana Pressley serves. Baylor finished off the Cyclones following an attack error by Piper Mauck, 25-18. Iowa State struggled in attack, as they posted a -.032 hitting percentage in the set.
Set Three: Baylor 27 Iowa State 25
The Bears gained control early, as they started off the set with a 6-4 lead. Iowa State tried to stop the Baylor momentum by calling an early timeout, with the score sitting at 10-6. Iowa State was able to get back within two, but were unable to get a stop, as they trailed the Bears for most of the set. Eventually, the Cyclones tied the set at 22 and even pulled ahead 23-22, forcing a Baylor timeout. The Cyclones gained set point first, but were again unable to convert. Baylor capitalized, and won the match, 27-25.
Iowa State will have their second straight home match this weekend as Texas Tech comes to town on Saturday. The match’s first serve is set at 1 p.m.