Mountaineers Are Final Road Test For Cyclones
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AMES, Iowa – The No. 18 Cyclones (18-7, 11-3 Big 12) will play their final road match of the regular season on Wednesday at West Virginia (8-20, 0-14 Big 12).
The winners of their last eight matches and 10 of their last 11, the Cyclones have swept 10 teams this season, including the Mountaineers in Ames last month. Freshman Andie Malloy has played a large part in the streak, including leading the Iowa State scoring corps in both of last week’s wins over Kansas State and Baylor. Malloy hit .279 with 4.43 kills per set in the wins on her way to her first Big 12 Rookie of the Week nod.
West Virginia hit just .010 in Ames with 22 kills and 21 errors, the lowest Big 12 hitting mark against Iowa State this season. All of Iowa State’s active players saw time in the match, and Victoria Hurtt led the team with eight kills; Mackenzie Bigbee added seven kills in the contest.
Wednesday night’s match is schedule for a 5:30 p.m. CST first serve.
• Iowa State will play its final regular season away match on Wednesday, traveling to West Virginia for the first time in program history.
• The Cyclones carry an eight-match winning streak into the match and are 10-1 in their last 11 matches with seven sweeps, including West Virginia on Oct. 10.
• During the team’s 10-1 run, Iowa State is hitting .245 while holding opponents to a .136 average. The team also boasts 1.45 aces per set and 18.55 digs per set.
• The Cyclones have also outscored foes, 708-509.5 in the last 11 matches.
• Last Saturday, junior Kristen Hahn made her case for her eighth Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week award, collecting 28 digs in the Cyclones’ sweep of Baylor. Hahn averaged 7.29 digs per set last week in wins over K-State and Baylor.
• Andie Malloy led Iowa State in kills for the second-straight match, with 13 kills against the Bears, the only Cyclone to reach 10 kills.
• Malloy has come on strong for the Cyclones since being inserted into the starting lineup on Nov. 10. Last week, the freshman out of Allen, Texas hit a team-high .279 with 4.13 kills per set, another Cyclone-best.
• Saturday’s match marked the second time this season Iowa State has played a match in which both teams hit sub-.200. The Cyclones won, hitting .198 to Baylor’s .126. On Oct. 24, Iowa State defeated Kansas in four sets, hitting .168, compared to .147 hitting from the Jayhawks.
• The Cyclones have won three matches this season when hitting below .200. The team had one such win in 2011.
• During Christy Johnson-Lynch’s tenure, Iowa State’s record for wins with sub-.200 hitting is six, set in her first season, 2005.
• Libero Kristen Hahn was named the Big 12’s top defensive player for the week of Nov. 5-11. The honor was 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 (13.78), kills per set (14.76) and digs per set (17.90).
• The team ranks second in the league in hitting (.240) and opponent hitting (.161), trailing Texas in both categories.
• Straube (8th) ranks among the top-10 in the league in hitting with an average of .307.
• Hurtt is fourth in the conference with 3.54 kills per set and is fifth with 3.75 points per set for Iowa State this season.
• Hahn remains atop the Big 12 with 5.84 digs per set, the only player with more than 5.00 digs per set in league play this season.
• Hahn is on a 35-match streak of 10 or more digs, including 14 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 248 matches under Johnson-Lynch.
• Iowa State is 10-2 in three-set matches in 2012. Under Johnson-Lynch, Iowa State is 99-32 in three set matches.
• Behind Johnson-Lynch’s leadership, the Cyclones win 88% (137-19) 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 35-match streak of 10 or more digs, including 14 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.
Revisiting West Virginia
• Iowa State took a quick 3-0 win over the Mountaineers in Ames last month.
• Wednesday’s match will be the first-ever for the teams at West Virginia.
• West Virginia is 8-20 on the year and is winless in the Big 12 with a 0-14 record, having won just six sets in league play.
• West Virginia’s last win was Sept. 16 in a five-set win over Murray State.
• In Ames, Nikki Attea and Elzbeita Klein led WVU with six kills each but the squad committed 21 errors and scored just 22 kills, totaling a .010 percentage, the lowest against Iowa State this conference season.
• All active Cyclones played in the match. Victoria Hurtt paced Iowa State with eight kills and Mackenzie Bigbee added seven.
• WVU is last in all statistical categories in league play this season, except serving, where it ranks fourth with an average of 1.32 aces per set