Cyclones Dispatch Mountaineers, 3-0
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va – No. 18 Iowa State (19-7, 12-3 Big 12) defeated West Virginia (8-21, 0-15 Big 12) in three sets Wednesday night for its ninth-straight win, 25-13, 25-17, 25-11.
Right side Mackenzie Bigbee had a team-high 11 kills and put up a career-high .733 hitting percentage on the night. Victoria Hurtt followed with 10 kills. Kristen Hahn grabbed 17 digs, for her 35th-straight double-digit dig performance.
The Cyclones breezed to a first set win, hitting .500 with only two attack errors. Bigbee and Andie Malloy each led the team with four kills. Hurtt and West Virginia’s Caleah Wells both had three kills.
Set two was closer but .324 hitting and three blocks by Iowa State got the best of the Mountaineers who hit just .077 in the set and went to the locker room with a .111 clip for the night. Bigbee, Matlock and Tory Knuth all picked up four kills for the Cyclones with Bigbee and Knuth recording solo blocks.
The Cyclones emptied their bench in the final set with Taylor Goetz recording a dig and Bria Rasmussen scoring her first career ace. Iowa State hit .519 in the set and finishes the night with a .433 mark.
The Mountaineers were led on offense by Wells’ five kills. Libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos had 10 digs.
The Cyclones will host No. 3 Texas on Saturday night on Senior Day, recognizing seniors Rachel Hockaday, Hannah Johnson, Taylor Knuth , Alison Landwehr and Jamie Straube. Match time against the Longhorns is set for 6:30 p.m. CST.