Northern Iowa (RV) Upsets #23 Iowa State in 5-Set Thriller on Road

  0 Bill Stadick | September 12th, 2017 | Big 12, College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News


  • Northern Iowa (RV) def. #23 Iowa State 3-2 (25-21, 21-25, 25-23, 17-25, 15-11)
  • Northern Iowa moves to 8-3; Iowa State drops to 7-1
  • Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa
  • Attendance: 2,968
  • Box Score
  • VolleyMob Top 25 (Week 4)

The visiting Northern Iowa Panthers (RV) handed #23 Iowa State its first loss of the season in a five-set thriller before 2,968 fans at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.

Senior setter Heather Hook paced the Northern Iowa offense with 43 assists and four separate Panthers recorded double-digit kills: junior middle Piper Thomas (17), junior outside Bri Weber (14), sophomore outside Karlie Taylor (14) and freshman outside Jaydlin Seehase (11).

For the Cyclones, senior middle Alexis Conaway had 11 kills on .318 hitting and led Iowa State’s net defense with 9 total blocks. In the back row, four different Cyclones registered double-digit digs: Hali Hillegas (25), Piper Mauck (19), Jess Schaben (18) and Genesis Miranda (14).

With Northern Iowa holding a narrow 22-21 edge in the first, the Panthers scored the final three points of the set on a double-block by Hook and Taylor, an ace by Hook and solo stuff by junior Moriah Johnson.

In the second, Iowa State fell behind early, but went on a 15-14 lead. Another four-point run built their lead to 22-18 and the Cyclones took the set 25-21.

Northern Iowa broke a 10-10 tie in the third with a 7-point scoring run. Iowa State answered by tying the set 22-22 late, but back-to-back Weber kills brought the Panthers at set point and they won 25-23. The Cyclones then evened the match with a decisive 25-17 fourth-set victory to force the tiebreaker set.

In the fifth, a kill by Northern Iowa’s Karlie Taylor made it 8-4 Panthers at the side change. Iowa State got no closer than 11-10 before Bri Weber‘s 14th kill of the night sealed the upset victory for the visitors.

Northern Iowa heads to Omaha, Nebraska this weekend for matches against Omaha, Kansas State and #11 Nebraska, while Iowa State travels to Wichita, Kansas to play #7 Creighton and Wichita State (RV) in the Shocker Volleyball Classic.



Courtesy: Northern Iowa Athletics


AMES, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa volleyball squad recorded its third win of the season over a ranked foe and did so by knocking off previously undefeated No. 19-ranked Iowa State, 3-2. UNI won by set scores of 25-21, 21-25, 25-23, 17-25, 15-11.

UNI (8-3 overall) defeated Iowa State (7-1 overall) for the second straight year in a five-set match. It marks UNI’s first win in Ames since a Panther victory in 2008.

The Panthers are one of three NCAA Division I volleyball teams with three wins over ranked foes this season – joining Florida and Creighton in that elite list.

UNI came out strong with a 25-21 triumph in the opening set, only to see the Cyclones even the match at 1-1 with their own 25-21 win in the second.

The Panthers looked dominant midway through the third set with a 17-10 lead. However, the Cyclones stormed back and knotted the set at 22-22. UNI stemmed the tide and was able to post a 25-23 third-set victory.

The Cyclones forced a fifth and deciding set with a decisive 25-17 win in the fourth.

UNI scored the first two points of the fifth set and pushed the margin to 8-4 before an Iowa State timeout. The Cyclones clawed back to within 11-10 and forced a Panther timeout. UNI came out of the break and scored on a kill by Piper Thomas. Taylor Hedges followed with a service ace and Bri Weber tallied a solo block to give UNI a 14-10 lead and four match points. Hedges served an error, but Weber answered on the next point with a kill to give the Panthers the five-set triumph.

Thomas led the Panthers with a match-high 17 kills. Thomas and Moriah Johnson tied for team-high honors with five blocks. Weber and Karlie Taylor each contributed with 14 kills. Weber earned her 39th career double-double with 13 digs. Jaydlin Seehase also chipped in with 11 kills, four digs and two blocks. Heather Hook notched a match-high 43 assists. Kendyl Sorge recorded 20 digs to lead the Panthers.

UNI will travel to Omaha, Nebraska, to take part in the Omaha Challenge this Friday and Saturday. UNI will take on Omaha (Fri., 7 p.m.), No. 10 Nebraska (Sat., noon) and Kansas State (Sat., 5:30 p.m.).

NOTES: UNI has defeated Iowa State 11 times when the matchup has taken place in Ames … UNI leads the all-time series, 34-28 … head coach Bobbi Petersen is 8-10 vs. the Cyclones.

Courtesy: Iowa State Athletics

No. 19 ISU Suffers First Loss of Season to Panthers

AMES, Iowa – No. 19 Iowa State suffered its first defeat of 2017 Tuesday night, falling to UNI 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-17, 11-15). The loss drops ISU to 7-1 on the season, while the Panthers move up to 8-3.

The Cyclones struggled offensively, only hitting .156 as a team, and committing 35 attack errors on the night. Grace Lazard and Jess Schaben guided the ISU attack with 12 kills each. The Iowa State defense kept the home team in the match, as ISU dug 92 balls, led by 25 from Hali Hillegas. Freshman piper Mauck had her second career double-double with 28 assists and 19 digs, while Schaben also had a double-double with 18 digs.

Set One: UNI 25 Iowa State 21
Iowa State made a 5-1 run mid-set that eventually led to a 17-13 lead. However, the advantage was short lived as the Panthers took five of six points to tie the set at 18-18, and eventually pull ahead for good at 20-19. Grace Lazard was stuffed by Moriah Johnson to give the Panthers the first 25-21.

Set Two: Iowa State 25 UNI 21
The most competitive set of the match, which featured 14 ties and six lead changes. While UNI pieced together a 14-11 advantage, a strong serving run by Piper Mauck kicked off a 4-0 run to put ISU back ahead. Down 18-17, the Cyclones then ran off five-straight to pull ahead 22-18. ISU evened the match when Heather Hook‘s set was unable to find a Panther teammate at 25-21 ISU.

Set Three: UNI 25 Iowa State 23
UNI broke open an even set with a 7-0 run that made a 10-10 match a 17-10 Panther advantage. The Cyclones quickly resonded, going on a 5-1 run to slice the lead to three at 18-15, and eventually grinding their way back to a 22-22 tie when Genesis Miranda and Alexis Conaway stuffed Piper Thomas. Miranda fought off UNI’s first set point with a kill, but gave it back on an ensuing service error to give UNI a 2-1 lead.

Set Four: Iowa State 25 UNI 17
The Cyclones put it all together in set four, hitting .314 while keeping UNI at .116. The Cyclones got the first two points of the set and never looked back, with the serve of Izzy Enna in particular causing the visiting Panthers problems. Piper Thomas put one wide for the Panthers to force a fifth set at 25-17.

Set Five: UNI 15 Iowa State 11
The Cyclones were down the whole way, with a 4-0 Panther run to make it 7-3 giving the visitors plenty of breathing room. Iowa State chipped away, eventually taking the lead down to one at 11-10. However, the Cyclones luck ran out as a 3-0 run by the Panthers brought up match point, which was put away by Bri Weber on the second asking with a kill to the backcourt at 15-11.

Up Next
Iowa State is on the road this weekend at the Shocker Volleyball Classic, hosted by Wichita State. ISU begins the tournament on Saturday with No. 8 Creighton at 4:30 p.m., and will then take on hosts Wichita State on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

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