AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (17-8, 8-5 Big 12) extended its win streak to three matches and moved into a tie for third in the Big 12 as it defeated Oklahoma (16-8, 8-5 Big 12), 3-1 (25-23, 24-26, 25-15, 27-25) Friday night in Hilton Coliseum.
The Cyclones used huge contributions from Eleanor Holthaus and Avery Rhodes in the match. Holthaus had 19 kills and Rhodes had a career-high 14 at .400 hitting. Piper Mauck also had a solid evening, as the junior from Des Moines posted a double-double of 46 assists to go along with 15 digs. Iowa State’s defense was pretty stingy on the night as the Cyclone front line had 12 blocks to help hold OU to .059 hitting.
Set One: Iowa State 25 Oklahoma 23
Oklahoma raced to a quick 3-0 lead to start the set with the help of two Paige Johnson aces. Iowa State answered with a three-point run of their own to tie the score. The Sooners then gained a comfortable lead, one which eventually grew to 20-12. Following Oklahoma’s 20th point, the Cyclones called their second timeout of the set to try and turn the tide. What resulted was a 13-3 run, with Izzy Enna serving out the set with a 7-0 run, for the Cyclones as they won the set 25-23 off of a Sanaa Dotson attack error.
Set Two: Oklahoma 26 Iowa State 24
Iowa State tried to keep the momentum from their first-set comeback going into the second set, but was met with resistance. Oklahoma pulled ahead after a back-and-forth start, 11-8, forcing a Cyclone timeout. OU saw their lead evaporate as ISU tied the game at 14 all. The Sooners responded with a 4-0 run to get back ahead 18-14, but Iowa State rallied and tied the set at 22-22 on a Mauck and Rhodes block. Iowa State continued to press the Sooners, as the Cyclones gained set point 24-22; only to see OU fight off the set points and score four-straight as they won 26-24.
Set Three: Iowa State 25 Oklahoma 15
The third set saw a sloppy start from both squads, as twelve of the first 23 points scored came off of errors. A large contributor to Oklahoma’s errors was Iowa State’s front line. Eleanor Holthaus had block assists on all three of the Cyclones’ team blocks. Iowa State came out of that sloppy start with a comfortable 19-10 lead, with Enna again serving up a 7-0 run, and never looked back. The Cyclones went on to win the set 25-15. A large part of the Cyclones’ success was their .355 hitting percentage on the set.
Set Four: Iowa State 27 Oklahoma 25
Iowa State was able to carry their momentum into the fourth set, as they cruised to an early 7-2 lead. Oklahoma did not back down though, as the Sooners fought their way back to make it a one point ISU lead at 12-11. The Sooners kept grinding and eventually took a 15-14 lead, but ISU rebounded and eventually pushed ahead at 22-19. That lead didn’t last, as OU answered with a 4-0 run and pulled ahead 23-22. OU gained set point, only to see ISU thwart it and pull ahead 25-24. The Sooners then fought off the Cyclones’ match point, tying the set at 25. The Cyclones turned to Rhodes to close out the match, as her 13th kill of the night brought up a second match point, which she converted at the next asking at 27-25.
Player of the Match:
Eleanor Holthaus. The Iowa State sophomore had one of the best matches of her Cyclone career, as she posted her fourth double-double. She had 19 kills on a .310 hitting percentage, 14 digs and five block assists on the night.
Following the Cyclones’ victory over the Sooners, Iowa State will head to Lubbock and face the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Wednesday. The first serve is set at 6 p.m.