Iowa State’s Defense Stifled Kansas State’s Offense In Sweep

  0 Carly DeMarque | October 12th, 2017 | Big 12, College - Women's Indoor, News

Match Results

  • #22 Iowa State def. Kansas State 3-0, (25-12, 25-16, 27-25)
  • Iowa State improves to 12-3, 3-2 Big 12, Kansas State falls to 9-10, 2-4 Big 12
  • Ames, Iowa
  • Attendance: 2,012
  • Match Stats

Iowa State bounced back in their sweep over Kansas State after falling in three to Baylor last week. The Cyclones held their opponent to a low .015 hitting percentage and only 23 kills on the night, while Iowa State hit for .241 and had 50 kills.

The first set saw the Cyclones take a quick 8-1 lead over the Wildcats on kills from Samara West, Alexis Conaway and Grace Lazard. Iowa State continued to grow their lead to 23-7 late. A number of Iowa State errors allowed for the Wildcats to take a small five point run before Lazard put the set away on a kill 25-12.

Iowa State took another 9-3 lead in the second with Kansas State fighting back slightly. The Cyclones punched their 2-0 match advantage by downing the Wildcats 25-16 in another strong set win. The final set brought Kansas State a 4-0 lead to start things off with the Cyclones responding quickly. The Wildcats, though, maintained a small lead throughout the beginning of the set until Iowa State tied things up at 11 all and proceeded to take a 13-11 lead off kills from Conaway and Avery Rhodes. The last portion of the set was a tight race to the finish with the score tied at 25 all, two kills from West ended the night 3-0 with a 27-25 third set win for the Cyclones.

West led the Cyclones with 13 kills on a .414 hitting clip while picking up six digs and five blocks along the way. Lazard added another 11 kills and four blocks while Jess Schaben was just shy of a double-double with nine kills and 18 digs. Setter Monique Harris posted a double-double of 34 assists and 17 digs while Hali Hillegas and Conaway picked up 22 and 11 digs, respectively.

Kansas State’s leading attacker came out of Brynn Carlson with six kills. In the backcourt, Sarah Dixon picked up 17 digs, Brooke Smith 16, Bryna Vogel 15 and Reilly Killeen with 11.

Press Release

Courtesy of Iowa State Athletics

No. 23 Iowa State returned to winning form on Wednesday with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 27-25) sweep of Kansas State Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum. The win improves ISU to 12-3 overall on the season, 3-2 in league play. K-State is now 9-10 on the year and 2-4 in Big 12 action.

The Cyclone defense stifled the Cats, holding K-State to a .015 hitting percentage and just 23 kills on the night. The ISU attack was led by Samara West‘s 13 kills at a .414 hitting percentage and Grace Lazard‘s 11 kills. Four Cyclones had at least 10 digs, with Hali Hillegas leading the way at 22 while Jess Schabenhad 18, Monique Harris 17 and Alexis Conaway 11.

Set One: Iowa State 25 Kansas State 12
Iowa State roared ahead early, claiming eight of the first nine points of the match and never looking back. The Cyclone defense locked down KSU to a .025 hitting percentage, with ISU posted 27 digs in the frame. Grace Lazard paced the attack with six kills as ISU build the lead into the double figures. Lazard’s sixth kill locked up the set at 25-12 ISU.

Set Two: Iowa State 25 Kansas State 16
Again, ISU pushed ahead quickly, building a 4-0 run on Izzy Enna‘s serve to get ahead 9-3. The Cyclone defense went better in the second, recording 6.5 total blocks to hold the visitors to a -.140 hitting percentage on the frame, with just five kills. ISU got to set point on a 5-0 run powered by Genesis Miranda‘s serve and took the second when Bryna Vogel hit a shot wide at 25-16.

Set Three: Iowa State 27 Kansas State 25
The Wildcats shuffled the lineup and it paid off early as K-State got the first four points of the set. The Cyclones tied it back up at 11-11 on an Avery Rhodes kill, and went on from there to get ahead 18-14. However, Kansas State took advantage of some sloppy ISU play to go on a 6-0 run, powered by five Iowa State attack errors to get back ahead 20-18. The Cats got to set point at 24-23, but were fought off. ISU wrapped up the match on the second match point as Samara West posted consecutive kills to close out the night.

Player of the Game
Samara West. After one of the worst matches of her ISU career against Baylor last week, West responded in a big way on Wednesday. The redshirt senior finished with 13 kills at a .414 hitting percentage, a season-high six digs and five blocks.

Up Next
Iowa State heads to Austin for a showdown against No. 5 Texas, first serve will be at 7:15 p.m., with Longhorn Network televising the match.

Press Release

Courtesy of Kansas State Athletics

The K-State volleyball team recorded its most digs in a three-set match since 2002 but was held to season lows in kills and hitting percentage by No. 23 Iowa State in a straight-set loss (12-25, 16-25, 25-27) Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum.

The Big 12’s best defensive squad, Iowa State (12-3, 3-2 Big 12) limited K-State (9-10, 2-4 Big 12) to a .015 team hitting efficiency as the Wildcats had just 23 kills with 21 attacking errors (134 total attempts). The Wildcats extended their losing streak in Ames to 10 matches.

Four Wildcats reached double-figure digs, led by setter Sarah Dixon with a career-best 17, on their way to 74 team digs – one shy of a three-set program record. Fellow setter Brooke Smith also had a career-best effort with 16 digs to go with 11 assists for her third double-double of the season. Smith, a junior, served up two of the Cats’ three service aces in the match.

“Quite frankly, we didn’t execute very well,” said head coach Suzie Fritz. “But I thought they managed the emotions of the match and tried to stay together through some adversity. I think Iowa State is a really good volleyball team. To win in Ames, you’ve got to execute and play really well and we didn’t do that. The worklist for us remains pretty long. We are going to keep coaching them like crazy and try to help them get where they want to get.”

Offensively, freshman Brynn Carlson led the Wildcat offense with six kills while middle blocker Macy Flowers came off the bench to record five kills in the third set. Sophomore Elle Sandbothe was the team’s efficiency leader with four kills without an error on 12 swings (.333).

“We played really well in the third,” added Fritz. “We settled in a little bit better, gave ourselves some chances and competed harder. We had some people come into the match late, I thought Macy Flowers came in and played well. I thought Zsofia Gyimes upgraded us defensively.”

The Cyclones raced out to an early 8-1 lead cruised to a 25-12 opening-set win. K-State managed to string together multiple points just once, scoring four straight but when Iowa State held a 23-7 advantage. ISU had a 20-5 edge in total kills, holding K-State to a .025 (4e-40ta) hitting percentage. Bryna Vogel was the lone Wildcat to register multiple kills (2) in the game.

Set 2 saw a similar fate for the Cats, as Iowa State led 9-3 before K-State found some footing and cut its deficit to just three at 11-8. ISU used an immediate 8-3 spurt to push its lead to 19-11 and the Wildcats fought off three set points before falling 25-16. The Cyclones used 6.5 team blocks in the second set to force K-State into 11 errors against five kills (-140). Carlson and Kylee Zumach each picked up a pair of kills in Set 2.

K-State attempted to flip the script in the third, as it scored five of the first six points to open the game. Iowa State used a 4-0 stretch to take its first lead at 12-11 midway through and the sides would exchange blows all the way to a 25-25 score before ISU closed the match. Flowers had all five of her kills in Set 3 to pace the Wildcat offense, which hit .137 (13k-6e-51ta). In total, the set held six tied scores and five lead changes.

ISU’s Samara West recorded a match-best 13 kills and five blocks. Sophomore libero Hali Hillegas, a three-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, registered a match-high 22 digs.

K-State returns to Ahearn Field House as it will host No. 25 Baylor (15-4, 5-1 Big 12) on Saturday, October 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets to the match, which will stream live on ESPN3 and the ESPN app, are available for $1 for the annual Pack the Field House match. Fans can listen to Rob Voelker call the action live KMAN 1350 AM, 93.3 FM and on


  • K-State was limited to a season-low .015 hitting percentage while Iowa State hit .241.
  • The Cyclones out-produced the Cats in kills by a 50-23 margin.
  • K-State’s 74 digs tied its second-most ever in a three-set match during the rally-scoring era (since 2001) and most since 2002 vs. Missouri (Oct. 23).
  • Four Wildcats reached double-figure kills, including career-high outputs from Dixon (17) and Smith (16).
  • Carlson (6) led the Wildcats in kills for the second time this season.
  • Smith (11 assists, 16 digs) recorded her third double-double of the season while picking up two of K-State’s three service aces.
  • Flowers registered all five of her kills during the third set.
  • Sandbothe and Zumach each had four kills.


  • K-State now trails the all-time series with Iowa State, 41-50, and have lost its last 10 matches in Ames.
  • K-State is now 0-5 this season vs. ranked opponents and have lost its last 10 such matches.

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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