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Iowa State Dethrones No. 22 Kansas, 3-2

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Release: 10/23/2013
         
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LAWRENCE, Kan. – In front of a sold-out Horejsi Center, Iowa State picked up its first win over a ranked opponent in 2013 with a 3-2 victory (22-25, 25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 15-13) Wednesday evening. The win improved Iowa State to 11-6 overall and 5-2 in the Big 12. The Jayhawks fell to 16-5 overall and 6-2 in the Big 12.

The fifth set was a back-and-forth affair with ISU getting up early via three straight blocks before KU fought to get back ahead. Kansas was able to get ahead 12-11, but the Cyclones were able to close out the match on a 4-1 run with Tenisha Matlock finishing proceedings with a kill on an over pass.

Turning Point of the Match
After a back-and-forth first set, the second set was going the same way with neither team able to get much of a lead. KU was starting to position itself for a second set victory with a 17-15 lead when, on the serves of Jenelle Hudson and Kristen Hahn, Iowa State went on a 9-1 run to bring up set point. Though ISU would concede three points in a row, eventually Hudson found Mackenzie Bigbee for the kill to tie the match at 1-1 going into the break.

The third set played out almost the exact same way as KU was up 20-15 late in the third set before the Cyclones went on a 10-2 run to close out the set, finished off with a Kristen Hahn ace right at the corner of the court.

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Cyclone Match Ball Goes to…
Tenisha Matlock. Middle blockers have half the time that some players do to have an impact on the match, but when Matlock was on the court, the Cyclone attack was on a different level. The senior was contributing all around the attack: on the quick-set, on the slide and even from the right-side a time or two. Most importantly, it was her kill on the overpass that ended the match in ISU’s favor.

Matlock finished the match with 18 kills at a .417 hitting percentage. She also chipped in a solo block and three block assists.

Honorable mentions to Kristen Hahn, who recorded 35 digs and the clutch service ace to close out the third set, Victoria Hurtt, who finished with 14 kills and Ciara Capezio, who had another double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs.

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
*Iowa State picked up its first win over a ranked opponent in the 2013 season. ISU now had 30 wins over ranked opponents under Christy Johnson-Lynch and have taken down a ranked opponent in each year of her tenure.
*Jenelle Hudson finished the match with 52 assists, her fourth match of the season with at least 50 assists.
*Kristen Hahn finished the match with 35 digs, her third instance this season with at least 30 digs. Her streak with at least 10 digs in a match has been extended to 57 matches.
*Caitlin Nolan had her second-straight match with at least 10 digs, recording 11. She has 18 career matches with at least 10 digs.
*Victoria Hurtt finished the match with 14 kills, the second straight match with at least 10 kills, her seventh of the season and 34th of her career.
*Ciara Capezio finished with 12 kills and 10 digs. She now has nine double-doubles in her ISU career.
*Tenisha Matlock’s 18 kills were a match-best and the 16th time in her career, fifth of the 2013 season, with 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
Iowa State returns home Saturday for a match against TCU at 5 p.m. inside Hilton Coliseum. Fans with a football ticket from the game against Oklahoma State earlier in the day can receive $2 tickets at the Hilton Coliseum ticket office.
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