- Iowa State def. Iowa 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 26-24, 30-28)
- Iowa State moves to 6-0, Iowa falls to 7-2
- Iowa City, Iowa
- Attendance: 3136
- Box Score
IOWA CITY, Iowa – A handful of offensive miscues and five Cylcone aces were the difference in a hotly contested four-set win for Iowa State Friday night.
The Cyclones won a point in the annual Cy-Hawk Series by outdoing Iowa .206 to .190 in hitting percentage and 5-1 in aces. Iowa State also benefitted from 30 Hawkeye miscues, while commiting just 24. Iowa bested ISU 60-57 in kills and outdug its foe 68-60, while both teams put up 14 blocks.
Junior outside hitter Jess Schaben paced the Cyclones with 17 kills, while junior middle blocker Grace Lazard (11) and redshirt senior right side Samara West (10) followed. Senior middle Alexis Conaway added eight kills on a team-best .300 hitting effort, while also putting up a team-leading eight blocks. Lazard and senior setter Monique Harris managed five blocks apiece. Senior outside Genesis Miranda served up all five of the team’s aces, while also tallying seven kills, eight digs and two blocks. Redshirt sophomore libero Hali Hillegas pulled up a team-best 18 digs.
Junior outside Taylor Louis (16), freshman outside Claire Sheehan (13) and senior middle Jess Janota (10) chipped in double-digit kill efforts to pace Iowa. Janota also notched a team-leading eight blocks. Senior middle Kelsey O’Neill and junior right side hitter Reghan Coyle followed with nine kills and six blocks apiece. Senior libero Annika Olson paced the defense with 19 digs, while freshman setter Gabrielle Orr (16) and sophomore defensive specialist Ashley Smith (10) also pulled up double-digit digs. Orr rounded out a double-double with 49 assists.
Iowa State stormed out to a 9-3 lead in Set 1 as Schaben managed three kills and a block. The Hawkeyes cut the margin to three on three occasions, last at 14-11, before the Cyclones pulled away. ISU scored five of the next six points on two Lazard kills and three Iowa miscues to make it 19-12. The Hawkeyes again rallied with help from two kills and two blocks by O’Neill, making it a three-point game at 21-18, but could not finish the comeback. A kill by Miranda sealed the 25-19 ISU win.
The teams tied nine times in the opening 26 points, before either managed more than a two-point edge. After the tie at 13-all, Iowa used a 6-2 run to create some separation at 19-15. Three Sheehan kills assisted in the rally. Iowa State knotted the score at 19 thanks to a pair of Miranda aces, but Iowa scored six of the final 10 to close out a 25-23 win. Three Cyclone miscues and a block contributed to the run, which ended on a Coyle putaway.
Set 3 featured 10 ties, including a pair in the closing moments of a 26-24 Cyclone win. The teams were tied at 11-all, before Iowa pulled away with a 5-1 run, including two blocks and a kill by O’Neill. The Hawkeyes maintained the four-point advantage at 21-17, but Iowa State continued to chip away, eventually tying the score at 23- after two Schaben kills and a block by Lazard and Harris. A Coyle kill put Iowa on the hill, but a Lazard kill and two Hawkeye errors lifted the Cyclones to a 26-24 victory.
Iowa shook off the loss and raced ahead 14-6 in Set 4. Louis, Coyle, Sheehan and Janota each turned in a pair of kils in the opening run. The Cyclones stormed back to within one at 17-16. Three Hawkeye errors and a kill and a block each by Schaben and Lazard helped narrow the gap. Iowa pushed the margin back to four at 21-17 on a Sheehan kill. Iowa State answered with a 5-1 run, including an ace and a block by Miranda, to knot the score at 22. Iowa had five set-point chances, the first at 24-23, but ISU thwarted each one. West stole away the victory for the Cyclones with three straight kills to claim the 30-28 win and the match.