Balanced Attack Lifts #24 Iowa State Past Wichita State

  0 Wendy Mayer | September 08th, 2018 | Big 12, College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major

Bluejay Invitational

  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sept. 7-9, 2018

Host Creighton had the day off on Saturday, but still played host to a match with Top 25 implications between No. 24 Iowa State and vote getter Wichita State.

The Cyclones rebounded from Friday’s four set loss to No. 14 Creighton with a four-set victory over the Shockers with help from a crushing block and nine or more kills by five players.

The Shockers wrap up the Bluejay Invitational with a  3 p.m. Sunday match against Creighton, while the Cyclones head to Lincoln for a 2 p.m. ET match against No. 8 Nebraska.

#24 Iowa State def. Wichita State 3-1 (25-17, 25-19, 22-25, 25-20)

Key Stats: The Cyclones hit .300 or better in the three sets they won and just .122 in the Set 3 loss. ISU outhit the Shockers .299 to .175 in the match and had help from 24 Shocker hitting errors. Iowa State also outdid WSU in kills (58-51), aces (7-5), blocks (9-1) and digs (72-66)

Stat Leaders: Jess Schaben put down a match-high 17 kills for the Cyclones and rounded out a double-double with 10 digs. Josie Herbst (10), Eleanor Holthaus (10), Grace Lazard (9) and Avery Rhodes (9) rounded out a balanced offensive attack. Herbst hit at a team-best .391 clip and put up four blocks, while Lazard hit .389 to go with five stuffs. Hali Hillegas notched 30 digs for her third 30 dig effort of the season (following 31 vs. Oregon State and Gonzaga).

Megan Taflinger posted 16 kills and Emma Wright added 10 to pace the Shocker offense, each hitting .333 or better. Kali Eaken just missed a double-double with 24 assists, nine digs and two aces, while Kora Kauling notched 19 helpers and seven digs. Giorgia Civita pulled up a team-best 22 digs.

It Was Over When: After struggling in Set 3, Iowa State scored four of the first five points of Set 4, with two kills, a block and an error. Later trailing 13-8, Wichita State mounted a comeback, rallying to within one at 15-14, but could not break through. Three ISU miscues and two kills by Regan Stiawalt aided the rally. A 4-1 run, including a kill and a block by Lazard, gave the Cyclones some cushion at 19-15. The Shockers made a final push with three of the next four points to cut it to 20-18, but it was not enough. Iowa State closed out the win on a 5-2 run, capped by a Holthaus putaway.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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