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AMES, Iowa – After defeating No. 20 Kansas State in four sets on Wednesday, the 19th-ranked Cyclones (17-7, 10-3 Big 12) will jump back into action on Saturday afternoon at Baylor (19-10, 6-8 Big 12).
Both the Bears and Cyclones are on winning streaks, two for Baylor and seven for Iowa State, heading into the match. During Iowa State’s run, the Cyclones have dropped just two sets and are hitting .252. Jamie Straube has averaged .320 on offense and blocked 1.05 balls per set during the streak.
Andie Malloy has played in six of Iowa State’s last seven matches, including starts against Oklahoma and K-State, and is averaging 3.67 kills per set, trailing only Victoria Hurtt (3.87). Against the Wildcats, Malloy put up a career-best 18 kills to lead the Cyclones’ offensive effort and junior Kristen Hahn led the squad with 23 digs.
Baylor’s Torri Campbell hit .421 in Ames but had fewer attempts than four of her teammates, leaving her with only nine kills in the match. On defense the Bears have five players with more than 2.00 digs per set, two with more than three. Libero Hope Ogden leads the team with 3.98 digs per set.
The teams take the court at 1 p.m. CST in Iowa State’s second-straight Saturday afternoon match.
• The No. 19 Cyclones defeated No. 20 Kansas State on Wednesday, bringing their win-streak to seven as the team heads to Baylor for a 1 p.m. CST Saturday match.
• Since losing at K-State on Oct. 3, Iowa State is 9-1, dropping just two sets while hitting .249 with 14.40 assists, 1.43 service aces and 18.23 digs per set.
• Iowa State held K-State to .072 hitting on Wednesday, the Wildcats’ lowest hitting percentage of the season, repaying the favor to the team who hit .417 against them earlier this season, the highest opponent percentage against the Cyclones this season.
• Kansas State did not hit better than .130 in any single set during the match.
• Freshman setter and outside hitter Andie Malloy led the Cyclones on Wednesday with her career-high 18 kills, hitting .343 in the contest.
• For the year, the Cyclones are 11-1 at home and are 7-0 at Hilton Coliseum against Big 12 teams.
• Playing at home, Victoria Hurtt (3.19) and Mackenzie Bigbee (3.07) lead the Cyclones in kills per set, and senior Jamie Straube is hitting .347, helping the squad to a .256 overall percentage.
• Iowa State will have a chance to close out a perfect conference home schedule next Saturday against Texas. The Cyclones are 7-0 in Big 12 play at Hilton and 3-3 on the road.
• At Hilton during conference play, the Cyclones are hitting .275 and holding opponents to .117 hitting. The stats are virtually even on the road, with the home teams hitting .212 to Iowa State’s .211.
• Blocking has been more even at home, with Iowa State being out-blocked by opponents 1.96-1.90 blocks per set. On the road, teams have a 2.26-1.80 blocking lead versus Iowa State.
• Individual splits are also significant between home and the road, and, as expected, the Cyclone players tend to put up higher numbers on their home court. For example, Jamie Straube is hitting .402 in home conference matches and .214 on the road.
• However, fellow middle blocker Tenisha Matlock is hitting .271 at Hilton but boasts a .340 percentage away from Ames, by far the best mark of any Cyclone on the road.
• Libero Kristen Hahn was named the Big 12’s top defensive player for the week of Nov. 5-11. The honor is the third-straight for the junior and the seventh of the season.
• Only Texas’ Haley Eckerman has ever won seven weekly awards in a single season, combing for seven nods (offensive and rookie) during the 2011 campaign.
• Hahn ranks second all-time in the Big 12 with 11 defensive awards, behind former Cyclone Ashley Mass (15).
• Against Big 12 teams, Iowa State is first in assists per set (13.72), tied for the top spot in kills per set (14.68) and is tops in digs per set (17.62).
• The team ranks second in the league in hitting (.243) and opponent hitting (.163), trailing Texas in both categories.
• Straube (8th) and Tenisha Matlock (9th), rank among the top-10 in the league in hitting with averages of .306 and .305, respectively.
• Hurtt is fourth in the conference with 3.62 kills per set and is fifth with 3.84 points per set for Iowa State this season.
• Hahn remains atop the Big 12 with 5.62 digs per set, the only player with more than 5.00 digs per set in league play this season.
• Hahn is on a 34-match streak of 10 or more digs, including 13 matches this season of 20 digs and two of 30. The junior is the only Big 12 player with 30 or more digs in two league matches.
• Landwehr had 59 assists against the Sooners in Ames, the most in a conference match this season.
• Iowa State’s 65 assists at Texas on Oct. 17 ties for the most in a Big 12 match this season.
Streaks and Trends
• Iowa State opponents have hit over .300 just 18 times in 247 matches under Johnson-Lynch.
• Iowa State is 9-2 in three-set matches in 2012. Under Johnson-Lynch, Iowa State is 98-32 in three set matches.
• Behind Johnson-Lynch’s leadership, the Cyclones win 88% (136-19) of their matches when earning the first set victory.
• Iowa State has collected 20 wins in five-consecutive seasons under head coach Johnson-Lynch. The Cyclones have had 11 20+ win seasons since 1982.
• Under Johnson-Lynch, the Cyclones have won at least one match over a top 25 opponent in each of her eight seasons and have defeated at least two top 25 teams in each of the last six seasons.
• Kristen Hahn is on a 34-match streak of 10 or more digs, including 13 matches this season of 20 digs and two of 30. The junior is the only Big 12 player with 30 or more digs in two league matches.
• Iowa State looks to even the all-time series with Baylor at 18-18 on Saturday. The Cyclones have won six-straight contests against the Bears, who are 19-10 overall and 6-8 in the Big 12.
• In the first conference match of the season, Iowa State defeated Baylor, 3-1.
• Four Cyclones had 10+ kills in the win: Mackenzie Bigbee (18), Victoria Hurtt (14), Rachel Hockaday (12) and Jamie Straube (12).
• Straube (.455), Hurtt (.444) and Bigbee (.424) all had strong offensive games overall.
• Torri Campbell hit .421 against the Cyclones but was fifth on the BU squad in attempts. Look for her to see more sets in match two of the season.
• Iowa State opened up strong in the previous match, hitting .633 (19-0-30) in the first set and ending the day with 21 more kills than Baylor.
• Kristen Hahn picked up 25 digs in the win.
• Setter Katie Harris had a double-double against Iowa State with 35 assists and a team-high 16 digs.
• The Bears enter the weekend having swept West Virginia and TCU in their last two matches, both on the road.
• Zoe Adom is averaging a team-high 3.33 kills per set during the conference schedule; Adri Nora leads the Bears in percentage with a .298 clip for the year.
• Nora also leads Baylor with 1.11 blocks per set but the Bears are out-blocked 2.12-1.86 in Big 12 play.
• Defense is spread out by the Bears, who have five players with more than 2.00 digs per set, two with more than three. Hope Ogden leads the team with 3.98 digs per set.
• The spread works for Baylor on serve-receive. The Bears are aced only 0.79 times per set while they serve up 1.23 aces per set.