Jess Schaben Pounds Down 18 Kills In Iowa State Sweep Over Oklahoma

  0 Carly DeMarque | November 16th, 2017 | Big 12, College - Women's Indoor, News

Match Results

  • Iowa State def. Oklahoma 3-0, (28-26, 25-18, 25-22)
  • Iowa State improves to 19-5, 9-5 Big 12, Oklahoma falls to 7-19, 4-9 Big 12
  • Norman, Oklahoma
  • Attendance: 776
  • Match Stats

Iowa State swept through Oklahoma in a mid-week road trip that was dominated by the Cyclones Jess Schaben. The junior posted a season-best 18 kills in the win over the Sooners along with seven digs and four blocks. Nine of Schaben’s 18 kills came in the first set alone.

Schaben is now just 11 kills shy of hitting the 1,000 kill mark and would become the 11th Cyclone to accomplish the feat.

The first set of the match was as close as they come, with the score extending past the designated ending point of 25, to a Cyclone 28-26 victory. The second set gave Iowa State more cushion over the Sooners, as they downed them 25-28. In the final set of the match, the Sooners kept things close with the Cyclones but could not hold on to force another set, dropping the third 25-22.

Blocking made the difference in the match, as the Cyclones posted 12.5-6 blocks over Oklahoma which held the Sooners to a low .148 hitting percentage for the match.

Along with Schaben’s 18 kills, Avery Rhodes posted another 10 kills on a .571 hitting clip and eight blocks while Monique Harris dished out 42 assists and 13 digs for a double-double. Libero, Hali Hillegas, picked up another 13 digs in the win.

The Sooners were led by Alyssa Enneking with 13 kills and 13 digs for a double-double while setter Audrey Alford handed out 32 assists and 10 digs for one of her own. Emma Kelly picked up another 12 digs in the loss.

Press Release

Courtesy of Iowa State Athletics

A dominant performance by Jess Schaben led No. 23 Iowa State to a 3-0 (28-26, 25-18, 25-22) sweep of Oklahoma Wednesday night at McCasland Field House. The win improved the Cyclones to 19-6 overall on the season, 9-5 in Big 12 play. OU is now 7-19 overall, 4-9 in league play.

Schaben did it all for the Cyclones, finishing with a match-high and tying a season-high of 18 kills, seven digs and four blocks. Avery Rhodes tied her career-high with 10 kills at a .571 hitting percentage and eight blocks. Monique Harris had a double-double of 42 assists and 13 digs, Hali Hillegas also finished with 13 digs in the win.

First Set: Iowa State 28 Oklahoma 26
The Cyclone serve struggled early on in the frame as the Cyclones were unable to stay ahead due to four service errors in OU’s first eight points. The visitors fell behind three at 11-8, but used a pair of blocks to knot it back up at 11-11. On the serve of Genesis Miranda, ISU went on a 5-0 run to get ahead 17-14. The Sooners did not give up, eventually tying the set back up at 23-23. The Cyclones had to fight off two Oklahoma set points, but Grace Lazard was able to lock it down, recording consecutive aces to end the set at 28-26 Cyclones.

Second Set: Iowa State 25 Oklahoma 18
After nine first-set kills, Jess Schaben continued to power the Cyclone offense. The junior got four of ISU’s first eight points in the set via three kills and a block, and then went behind the service line to run three-straight to put the Cyclones ahead 11-8. The ISU offense rolled again, as the Cyclones hit .429 for the frame, with Schaben leading the way with six kills in the frame. ISU moved ahead 2-0 when Avery Rhodes put down her fifth kill of the night at 25-18, Cyclones.

Third Set: Iowa State 25 Oklahoma 22
Both sides struggled to find breathing room in the first half of the set, but ISU eventually benefitted from its balanced attack to open up a gap. A 3-0 run put ISU ahead 14-11, and that would be enough of a gap for the Cyclones. The offense did its job again, as ISU hit .318 as a team for the frame, while the Cyclone block continued to stifle OU, finishing the set with 3.5 total blocks. Iowa State wrapped up the sweep when Samara West powered down a kill at 25-22, ISU.

Player of the Game
Jess Schaben. The junior had an outstanding match, finishing with 18 kills, nine of which came in the first set, she also posted seven digs and four blocks for the Cyclones. Schaben is now on 989 kills for her career, 11 shy of becoming the 10th member of ISU’s 1,000 kills club.

Up Next
Iowa State continues its road swing at TCU on Saturday night. First serve between the Cyclones and Horned Frogs will be at 7 p.m. in Fort Worth.

Press Release

Courtesy of Oklahoma Athletics

The University of Oklahoma volleyball team fell to No. 23 Iowa State, 3-0, at McCasland Field House on Wednesday night. The Sooners nearly came away with the first set as each team had two set-points before the Cyclones claimed the set, 28-26. Iowa State then clinched the match with wins of 25-18 and 25-22 in the ensuing frames.

The Cyclones (19-6, 9-5 Big 12) were led by outside hitter Jess Schaben’s 18 kills on a .295 attack rate to go with seven digs and four blocks. As a team, Iowa State hit .311 led by a match-high .571 attack rate from middle blocker Avery Rhodes on 10 kills, while she added eight blocks.

Oklahoma (7-19, 4-9) was led by junior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking (League City, Texas). She posted her team-leading 16th double-double of the season on 13 kills and 13 digs; both team-highs. Junior setter Audrey Alford (Norman, Okla.)notched her seventh double-double with 32 assists and 10 digs.

ISU setter Monique Harris guided the Cyclones with 42 assists, 13 digs and four blocks. Libero Hali Hillegas matched Harris for the team-lead in digs with 13.

OU senior defensive specialist Emma Kelly(Houston, Texas) reached double figures in digs for the third match in a row with 12.

The Sooners return to action Saturday, November 18 at Kansas State for a 7 p.m. contest.

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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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