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Iowa State Takes on No. 3 Texas on FSN

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Release: 10/18/2013
         
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AMES, Iowa - The premier volleyball rivalry of the Big 12 will be renewed this weekend when Iowa State heads to Gregory Gymnasium in Austin to take on the defending NCAA Champion, the No. 3 Texas Longhorns.

The match starts Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on FSN with Brenda VanLengen and Jill Dorsey-Hall on the call. The match will be carried live on the following FSN affiliates:

FSN Midwest
FSN Prime Ticket
FSN San Diego
FSN Southwest
FSN SportSouth
FCS Central
MASN 2

Note: if other affiliates decide to carry the match live, the list above will be updated and it will be announced on Iowa State Volleyball's social media accounts.

Texassports.com will be providing live stats, and fans can also follow along with the action on Iowa State's live blog.

Cyclone Headlines
  • The Big 12’s premier volleyball rivalry will be renewed Saturday in Austin as the Iowa State Cyclones take on Big 12 leaders as No. 3 Texas. The match starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised by FSN.
  • The Cyclones are 4-1 in Big 12 play after sweeping West Virginia last Saturday in Hilton Coliseum. The victory improved Iowa State’s overall record to 10-5 on the season.
  • The ISU attack was balanced in victory, with four players having at least eight kills but only one, Ciara Capezio making it to nine kills. She also added five service aces The middles were efficient again as both Tory Knuth and Tenisha Matlock had eight kills with Knuth hitting at a .571 hitting percentage and Matlock hitting at a .412 clip.
  • Kristen Hahn continues to be one of the best liberos in the country. The senior leads the Big 12 and is ranked fourth nationally with 5.79 digs per set. For her performance against Kansas State and West Virginia, Hahn won Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for the 15th time in her career, tying the Big 12 record.
  • Iowa State has been one of the best serving teams in the country. The Cyclones, as they have for the entirety of the 2013 season, lead the Big 12 in service aces per set (1.66 per set) and are among the leaders in total aces in spite of playing the fewest sets in the league this year.
  • ISU has three of the top seven servers in the Big 12 at its disposal. Middle blocker Tory Knuth leads the Big 12 at 0.46 aces per set, Caitlin Nolan ranks fourth at 0.32 aces per set and Ciara Capezio is in seventh with 0.31 aces per frame.
  • Since the start of BIg 12 play, Mackenzie Bigbee has been one of the top attackers in the conference while transitioning to playing all six rotations. In Big 12 action, Bigbee is averaging 3.71 kills per set at a .295 hitting percentage and 2.65 digs per set.
  • Despite being unranked for the first time since 2008, ISU’s record through 15 matches is actually better than it was in 2012. ISU was 9-6 overall and 3-2 in Big 12 play through 15 matches last year.
  • Four of Iowa State’s five losses have come to teams with an RPI in the top-25. Those losses were to Nebraska (No. 6), San Diego (No. 13), Oklahoma (No. 15) and Illinois (No. 25). At No. 33 in the RPI, St. Mary’s is ISU’s other loss in 2013.

About No. 3 Texas

  • The Texas Longhorns were the 2012 NCAA Champions and currently sit atop the Big 12 standings with a perfect 5-0 record in Big 12 play and a 12-2 overall mark.
  • UT’s last match was a four-set victory at Kansas. Bailey Webster, the current Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, led the Longhorns with 20 kills at a .386 hitting percentage.
  • Texas leads the Big 12 in hitting percentage and have three players hitting at least .300 in Chiaka Ogbogu (.442), Khat Bell (.321) and Molly McCage (.304). In addition, Haley Eckerman posts 3.44 kills per set while Webster adds 3.39 kills per frame.
  • The Longhorns dominated on the blocks against KU, out-blocking the Jayhawks 17.0-to-6.0. McCage (1.22) and Bell (1.16) each average over a block per set.
  • Texas leads the all-time series against Iowa State 32-4, but when the teams last met in Ames in November of last season it was the Cyclones who came out on top in a five-set contest.
  • In that match, Iowa State had five players with at least 10 kills and four with at least 10 digs, including a 30-dig match from Kristen Hahn.
  • The Cyclones have never won at Gregory Gymnasium, but came its closest last season by taking the first two sets before falling to UT in five frames.
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