Cyclones Down #14 UNI in Front of Sellout Crowd

  0 Jil Price Igara | August 30th, 2018 | Big 12, College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News

Match Stats

It was a battle every step of the way, but Iowa State prevailed over 14th-ranked Northern Iowa, 3-0, in a midweek matchup in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Panthers welcomed a raucous, sellout crowd into McLeod Center for the in-state showdown for the first time in program history.

The Cyclones were dominant on the block, tallying 9 team blocks to the Panthers 2, and outhit their opponents .306 to .202.

In the first set, UNI built an early 4-point lead before Iowa State came racing back with an 11-4 run. The Cyclones held onto their advantage from there to win game one, 25-20.

Iowa State carried its momentum into the second set, rattling off the first 6 points of the set. UNI cut the deficit to 1, but that is the closest the Panthers would get as the Cyclones claimed the result, 25-20.

The finale set was as tight as it could be, as the Cyclones and Panthers fought back-and-forth through 16 ties before Iowa State could end it, 32-30.

Senior Jess Schaben (14) and freshman Eleanor Holthaus (12 kills, .435 attack percentage) each registered double-figure kill totals to lead the Cyclones offensively. Sophomore Piper Mauck distributed a team-high 40 assists, while redshirt junior Hali Hillegas logged a team-high 21 digs. Senior Grace Lazard and sophomore Avery Rhodes led the blocking effort, notching 5 and 4, respectively.

Junior Karlie Taylor paced the Panthers with 17 kills, followed by sophomore Jaydlin Seehase, who contributed 13 kills. Redshirt junior Rachel Koop recorded a double-double for UNI, dishing out a team-high 32 assists and 12 digs. Senior Kendyl Sorge led the team in digs with 14.

Iowa State organized a bus for the fans, who enjoyed seeing the Cyclones down a Top 25 foe after falling out of the rankings this week.

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