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No. 25 Iowa State Falls to No. 1 Texas in Four Sets

Courtesy: cyclones.com
Release: 11/27/2013
         
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AMES, Iowa – The No. 25 Iowa State volleyball team hung tough with No. 1 Texas Wednesday night, but eventually succumbed to the Longhorns 3-1 (25-27, 25-17, 25-13, 25-16). The loss drops the Cyclones to 18-8 overall and 11-4 in the Big 12. Texas improves to 22-2 overall and 15-0 in Big 12 play.

Turning Point of the Match
Iowa State went into the locker rooms with momentum after dominating the second set 25-17 to even up the match at one set apiece. However, the Texas servers raised their game in the third set and left the Cyclones in the dust. The top-spin jump serve of Haley Eckerman was the first to strike as she led Texas on a 4-0 run to get the Longhorns up 5-2 in the third set.  After trading a few points, UT’s Hannah Allison went and started her own 6-0 run to leave Iowa State in a 13-4 hole that they were unable to get out of.

In the fourth set, it was an 8-0 run on the serve of Amy Neal that put the Longhorns up 19-8 in the frame and give UT control of the match.

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Cyclone Match Ball Goes to…
Kristen Hahn. On an emotional Senior Night, Hahn showed the 3,490 who came to Hilton Coliseum why her spot in Iowa State volleyball history has already been cemented. When the Cyclones lost in Austin back on Oct. 19, the Longhorns did a good job making sure they were not targeting Hahn, going around one of the nation’s top defensive players as best they could.

Tonight, they did not get that option as Hahn covered the court and took the hardest shots Texas’ All-American attackers could send at her. She finished her final match in Hilton Coliseum with 24 digs, five assists and a kill.

Cyclone Nation, who was your player of the match? Tweet the player along with the hashtag #CyclONEmatchball to @CycloneVB and we’ll announce the fan’s pick later this afternoon.

Cyclone Notes
*The announced attendance of 3,490 is the 10th-largest home crowd in Iowa State volleyball history.
*Mackenzie Bigbee was in double figures for kills for the 19th time this season and 35th of her career.
*Kristen Hahn’s 24 digs marked the 15th time this season and 48th time in her career she has had at least 20 digs in a match.
*Hahn’s school record streak of consecutive matches with at least 10 digs is up to 66 matches.
*Caitlin Nolan had at least 10 digs for the eighth time this season, and 21st time in her career.
*Victoria Hurtt’s 11 kills marked the 10th time this season and 37th time in her career the junior had at least 10 kills.
*Morgan Kuhrt’s 10 kills marked the third time in her career she has recorded at least 10 kills.

Fan Tweet of the Match
After each match, one tweet will be chose as the “Fan Tweet of the Match”. Fans are encouraged to tweet @CycloneVB during the match, and visit cyclones.com after each match to see if their tweet was chosen as “Fan Tweet of the Match”.

On Deck
No. 25 Iowa State wraps up the regular season with a trip to Kansas State for a 7 p.m. match this Saturday.

The NCAA Volleyball Championship Selection Show is on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNU. Fans are invited to watch with the team as they find out their destination and opponents. The Cyclones will be watching the selection show in Heartland Hall on the West side of the Jacobson Building. Doors open at 8 p.m.
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