AUSTIN, Texas – Despite being down two starters, Iowa State (9-4, 0-1 Big 12) battled hard before falling to No. 6 Texas (7-2, 1-0 Big 12) 3-1 (25-18, 18-25, 25-19, 25-22) Wednesday night at Gregory Gymnasium.
Iowa State was without the services of starting setter Piper Macuk and libero Michal Schuler, both of whom suffered injuries at Iowa on last Saturday. Leading the way for ISU in the match was Josie Herbst, who posted a season-best 15 kills and a career-high nine digs. Avery Rhodes had a strong night, notching 10 kills at .467 hitting and a team-best three blocks. Jenna Brandt, starting at setter for Mauck, had 41 assists, seven digs and two aces.
Set One: Texas 25 Iowa State 18
The Longhorns racked up the first five points of the match and never looked back. While Texas would run out to a lead of as many as nine points, the Cyclones were able to get some solid contributions from Josie Herbst, who got five kills and Annie Hatch, who notched three. ISU was able to get back within five at 23-18, but UT was able to pull away to claim the set, with Skylar Fields killing down the line to take the first 25-18.
Set Two: Iowa State 25 Texas 18
Iowa State took advantage of some Texas errors and was able to push ahead with a 6-0 run that made it 11-5 ISU. Texas got back within three at 16-13, but Candelaria Herrera went behind the service line to fire a strong 4-0 service run, capped by a Jenna Brandt kill to move ahead 20-13. UT got back within three again at 20-17, but Herbst was able to settle things down with a kill and help ISU close it out. Herbst was the one who got the honors of finishing it off, killing down the line from the right side and giving it to ISU 25-18.
Set Three: Texas 25 Iowa State 19
The Cyclones got an outstanding start to the set, with Herrera contributing two-straight blocks to get ISU ahead 4-0. This time the Longhorns were able to respond and tie it up at 6-6, but the Cyclones got a 3-0 run to get ahead 10-7. Again, the home team was able to battle back to tie it at 15-15, but ISU was able to counter and get back ahead 17-15. Texas was finally able to move ahead via an 8-0 run which got them an unassailable lead. UT wrapped up the third when Fields killed cross-court to the back corner at 25-19.
Set Four: Texas 25 Iowa State 22
Once again, Iowa State worked hard to get ahead, with the serve of Izzy Enna starting a 3-0 run that pushed Iowa State ahead 8-4. The Horns worked their way back into it and tied it at 15-15 on a Micaya White ace and move ahead at 17-16 on an Orie Agbaji kill. The Cyclones, despite hitting .333 as a team for the frame, were unable to slow down a UT offense which hit .353 for the set. Texas closed out the set and the match when Kate Shannon had a ball-handling error at 25-22, UT.
Iowa State has its first bye on Saturday and will be back in action next Wednesday at Hilton Coliseum against Kansas. First serve between the Cyclones and Jayhawks will be at 7 p.m. with FSN televising the match.