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AMES, Iowa – No. 18 Iowa State (19-7, 12-3 Big 12) close out the regular season on Saturday night against No. 3 Texas (23-3, 15-0 Big 12) and will recognize seniors Rachel Hockaday, Hannah Johnson, Taylor Knuth, Alison Landwehr and Jamie Straube.
Entering the weekend on a nine-match winning streak, the Cyclones will have the chance to make history on several fronts against the Longhorns. The 2012 squad is tied for the program record with six wins over top-25 teams and would break the record by defeating the Longhorns. With a win over No. 1 Nebraska already under its belt, the 2012 Cyclones would become just the second team to ever knock off two top-5 teams in a single season, joining the 2009 squad, who defeated No. 2 Texas and No. 5 Nebraska.
Head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch has coached Iowa State to 99 conference wins in over seven seasons at the program’s helm and would clinch her 100th Big 12 victory with a win over the Longhorns.
Iowa State is also looking for retribution against a Texas team that rebounded from an 0-2 deficit down in Austin, beating the Cyclones in five sets earlier this year. The Cyclones are the only Big 12 team to take two sets from the Longhorns in Gregory Gym and one of only three conference teams to win a set off Texas.
In Austin, middle blockers Jamie Straube and Tenisha Matlock were the most successful Cyclones offensively, hitting .294 and .429, respectively. Straube put up 13 kills against Texas; Matlock added 11 kills.
Longhorns Sha’Dare McNeal and Bailey Webster were key to Texas’ comeback, hitting .476 and .417, respectively, in the match. McNeal and Khat Bell each recorded seven total blocks; Texas finished with 16 blocks against the Cyclones
In the final three sets of the earlier context, Texas came out of intermission to hit .433, .500 and .296 while stifling the Iowa state offense to .057 hitting in game four and .069 hitting in game five.
Through Friday, Nov. 23, Iowa State is offering $25 4-packs to the match, including four tickets, four hot-dogs and four drinks.
On Saturday, fans can bring their Iowa State-West Virginia football ticket to the Hilton Coliseum ticket office and receive $2 admission.
The Cyclones will also celebrate Fan Appreciation Night on Saturday, which will include gift certificate giveaways and prizes throughout the match, which is set for 6:30 p.m. CST.
• Iowa State will play its final regular season match on Saturday against No. 3 Texas, who came back from an 0-2 deficit against the Cyclones in Austin to win, 3-2.
• Iowa State is one of only three Big 12 teams this season to take a set from the 15-0 (in Big 12) Longhorns and the only team to take two sets in Austin.
• Middle blockers Jamie Straube (13 kills, .294%) and Tenisha Matlock (11 kills, .429%) had the most offensive success against the Longhorns in the earlier meeting.
• A win over the Longhorns would be the first since defeating then-No. 2 Texas in Ames, 3-2.
• A win on Saturday would also be head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch’s 100th Big 12 win.
• Iowa State has five wins over ranked teams this year, tying a school record. Defeating the Longhorns would make the 2012 squad the record-holding season for Iowa State.
• With the Longhorns ranked in the top-5, a win would give Iowa State two wins this season against top-5 programs, having defeated No. 1 Nebraska in September. The only other season in which an Iowa State team has beaten two top-5 teams was in 2009, when the Cyclones knocked off No. 2 Texas and No. 5 Nebraska.
• On Wednesday, the Cyclones swept West Virginia for their ninth-straight win and seventh sweep in nine matches. Johnson-Lynch’s teams have exactly 100 sweeps during her tenure at Iowa State.
• Iowa State’s .433 hitting against the Mountaineers is a season high and the highest hitting percentage since scoring at a .441 clip against Texas Tech in 2010.
• Six teams have hit below .100 against Iowa State this season, including WVU’s .062 on Wednesday. The Iowa State record during the rally scoring era is eight, in both 2008 and 2009.
• Kristen Hahn extended her double-digit digs streak to 36 on Wednesday but ended the night three digs shy of 20, ending a three-match streak of 20+ digs.
• Mackenzie Bigbee led Iowa State with 11 kills in the win and hit a career-best .733.
• Reigning Big 12 Rookie of the Week, Andie Malloy, hit a career-high .368 with nine kills.
• Bria Rasmussen came off the bench to score her first career ace.
• 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 (13.83), kills per set (14.83) and digs per set (17.58).
• The team ranks second in the league in hitting (.249) and opponent hitting (.157), trailing Texas in both categories.
• Tenisha Matlock (9th) and Jamie Straube (10th) rank among the top-10 in the league in hitting with an averages of .307 and .305, respectively.
• Victoria Hurtt is fourth in the conference with 3.53 kills per set and is fifth with 3.73 points per set for Iowa State this season.
• Hahn remains atop the Big 12 with 5.83 digs per set, the only player with more than 5.00 digs per set in league play this season.
• Hahn is on a 36-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.
• Alison 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 249 matches under Johnson-Lynch.
• Iowa State is 11-2 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% (138-19) 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 36-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 No. 3 Texas
• The Longhorns came back, down 0-2, in Austin earlier this year to defeat the Cyclones, 3-2.
• Iowa State is one of just three league teams to take a set from Texas this season. Only Kansas and Iowa State have taken two games off the Longhorns, and none have done so in Austin, save the Cyclones.
• Texas is 23-3 this season and 15-0 in the Big 12.
• Iowa State’s middle blockers, Jamie Straube and Tenisha Matlock, both has success against Texas, hitting .294 and 429, respectively. Straube led the team with 13 kills, while Matlock recorded 11 kills.
• Longhorns Sha’Dare McNeal and Bailey Webster where powerhouses for Texas, hitting .476 and .417, respectively.
• Texas recorded 16 blocks against Iowa State, including seven total blocks each from McNeal and Khat Bell.
• Bell is the reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week; teammate Haley Eckerman is the reigning top offensive performer.
• After falling behind, 0-2, Texas came out of intermission to hit .433, .500 and .296 in the final three sets. Iowa State was held to .057 hitting in game four and .069 hitting in game five.
• During conference play, five Longhorns are hitting above .330. Molly McCage (.400), Webster (.369), McNeal (.349), Bell (.341) and Eckerman (.332).
• On defense, the Longhorns block 3.26 balls per set and average 13.94 digs per set.
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