AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (2-3) was unable to find a way ahead of LSU (3-2), despite battling back into the match multiple times, falling to the Tigers 3-2 (17-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-20, 9-15) Sunday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum in the final match of the Cyclone Invitational.
The Cyclones were led by All-Tournament Team member Eleanor Holthaus, who got her first double-double with 16 kills and a career-high 17 digs. Joining her with a double-double was setter Piper Mauck, who had 43 assists and a career-high 20 digs. In the back row, libero Jaiden Centeno finished with a career-high 16 digs.
Set One: LSU 25 Iowa State 17
The serve of Emmaline Walters keyed a pair of LSU runs that told the tale of set. Her 6-0 run early on helped push the Tigers ahead 10-5. Iowa State fought back as a 4-0 Michal Schuler serving run combined with three-straight blocks, all involving Avery Rhodes, to make it 17-15 LSU. However, Walters’ second trip behind the service line resulted in a 5-0 run that put the visitors ahead for good. Samarah Hill got her eighth kill of the set to make it 25-17 LSU.
Set Two: Iowa State 25 LSU 21
The Cyclone defense stepped up in the second to help stymie the LSU momentum. After hitting .314 in the first, the Tigers were held to .108 hitting for the frame, led by five digs from Piper Mauck. The Cyclone attack was powered by five kills each from Annie Hatch and Eleanor Holthaus. ISU took the lead for good at 18-17 on a Hatch kill and did not look back. The Cyclones tied up the match when Schuler’s serve was too much for LSU to handle at 25-21.
Set Three: LSU 25 Iowa State 19
LSU broke things open with a 6-0 run on the power of three-straight blocks to move ahead 15-8, followed by another 3-0 run that made it 18-9. Iowa State rallied with a 4-0 run to cut the lead to five and eventually brought LSU back within three at 22-19, but the Tiger block stepped up again to claim the frame. The visitors notched 6.0 blocks in the third and held ISU to .000 hitting. LSU made it 2-1 with Hill’s kill at 25-19.
Set Four: Iowa State 25 LSU 20
Things were in favor of the Tigers early, as LSU ran out to an 11-7 advantage. The Cyclones went on a 7-1 run to get ahead 14-12, but LSU worked their way back ahead to 15-14. ISU responded with a 3-0 run of their own, with a Holthaus ace making it 17-15. Josie Herbst killed at 20-19 to start a 5-0 run which put ISU ahead for good and forced a fifth set.
Set Five: LSU 15 Iowa State 9
Iowa State ran out to a 6-2 lead via a pair of kills from Holthaus, and one each from Brooke Andersen and Candelaria Herrera. The Tigers battled back with a 4-0 run to get ahead 8-7 when the teams switched sides. Like the first set, the serve of Emmaline Walters prove decisive, as she served LSU on a 5-0 run to get ahead 11-7. The Tigers held ISU to .048 hitting on the set, with a block by Taylor Bannister and Allee Morris wrapping things up at 15-9 LSU.
Cyclone Invitational All-Tournament Team
Kaitlyn Hord, Penn State – MVP
Jonni Parker, Penn State
Kendall White, Penn State
Samarah Hill, LSU
Karli Rose, LSU
Eleanor Holthaus, Iowa State
Iowa State returns to Hilton Coliseum on Tuesday for its annual showdown with UNI. First serve between the Cyclones and Panthers will be at 6:30 p.m. on Cyclones.TV.