AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (11-6, 2-3 Big 12) struggled in serve and pass as the Cyclones fell to Texas Tech (13-6, 3-2 Big 12) 3-1 (25-22, 26-24, 15-25, 25-17) Saturday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum in front of a season-best crowd of 3,376. Despite restricting Texas Tech to .158 hitting, the visitors countered with eight service aces while holding ISU to .164 hitting.
Leading Iowa State was Eleanor Holthaus, who had 14 kills, nine digs and five blocks. Candelaria Herrera had nine kills, a career-high 12 digs and five blocks, while Avery Rhodes had eight kills and five blocks. Izzy Enna led the back-row with 18 digs, while Piper Mauck had a double-double of 39 assists and 15 digs.
Set One: Texas Tech 25 Iowa State 22
With Michal Schuler dealing from behind the service line, ISU got the first five points of the match and would build the early advantage to seven at 11-4. TTU battled back with a 4-0 run to get back within three at 12-9 and would erase the Cyclone lead completely at 15-15 on a Katy Northcut ace. Tech continued to put pressure behind ISU from the service line, as the Red Raiders moved ahead by a pair at 18-16. Iowa State battled ahead with a 3-0 run to get ahead again at 20-19, but it was the visitors who got to set point first, putting it away with a Caitlin Dugan kill at 25-22.
Set Two: Texas Tech 26 Iowa State 24
TTU brought the momentum into the second set, going on a 4-0 run to move ahead 9-5. The Red Raiders were ahead five at 13-8 when ISU began to fight back, going on a 3-0 to cut the advantage to a pair at 13-11. Eleanor Holthaus’s play at the net helped ISU get ahead, as she got two kills and combined with Candelaria Herrera for a stuff to put ISU ahead 16-15. The Cyclones were ahead 20-17, but Tech knotted it again at 22-2. Iowa State got to set point first at 24-22, but the Tech defense stepped up to fight off both set points, and got an ace from Lindsey Dodson to get a set point of its own. TTU moved ahead 2-0 when Hill fired off the block at 26-24.
Set Three: Iowa State 25 Texas Tech 15
The Iowa State defense made a strategic change to help raise their, with Izzy Enna moving into the libero spot. The Cyclones went on a 6-0 run to get ahead by seven at 15-8, with Holthaus contributing a pair of kills in that stretch. It was all the advantage that the Cyclones needed, as the ISU defense held TTU to .026 hitting for the set. Iowa State won the final four points of the set, with Mauck serving up an ace to wrap things up at 25-15 Iowa State.
Set Four: Texas Tech 25 Iowa State 17
Texas Tech won the first four points of the set and made its way ahead by seven at 13-6. There would be no path back for Iowa State, as the TTU offense fired at .306 for the set. ISU was never able to get closer to five, as the offense was held to .108 hitting on the set. Texas Tech wrapped up the match when Avery Rhodes’s shot went off the net cord and wide at 25-17, Red Raiders.
Iowa State is back at Hilton Coliseum again on Wednesday evening against TCU. First serve between the Cyclones and Horned Frogs will be at 6:30 p.m. with Cyclones.TV Powered by Mediacom televising the match.
Wednesday night’s match will be ISU’s “Dig Pink” match for breast cancer awareness. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the match.