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No. 25 Iowa State Hosts South Dakota Tuesday

Release: 11/04/2013
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AMES, Iowa - The No. 25 Iowa State volleyball team takes the court a little earlier than normal this week as the Cyclones (14-6, 8-2 Big 12) face the South Dakota Coyotes (18-8, 9-2 Summit League) Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. inside Hilton Coliseum.

It is “$2 Tuesday” as tickets cost just two dollars, and select concession stand items (hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, pretzels and nachos) will also be just two dollars.

The match will be shown on Cyclones.TV Powered by Mediacom and Cyclones.TV. Live stats will also be availible and a live blog will be hosted during the match.

Cyclone Headlines
  • No. 25 Iowa State will be aiming for its first five-match winning streak of the season as the Cyclones ready for a non-conference match against South Dakota Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum.
  • The Cyclones picked up their fourth straight win and improved to 8-2 in Big 12 play with a sweep at Baylor Saturday night.
  • ISU recorded one of the most outstanding defensive efforts of the season by recording 71 digs. The total is the most by a Big 12 side in a three-set match this season. Kristen Hahn led the way with 26 digs and Jenelle Hudson added 16. Tory Knuth led the ISU attack with 10 kills at a .643 hitting percentage.
  • Hahn’s 26 digs marked her 44th career match with at least 20 digs, tying the school record of Ashley Mass.
  • The three highest individual dig totals in three-set matches have all happened in matches at Baylor. Mass had 33 digs at Baylor in 2009, Hahn had 28 in Waco in 2012 and Hahn again had 26 digs on Saturday.
  • Kristen Hahn continues to be one of the best liberos in the coutnry. The senior leads the Big 12 and is ranked fourth nationally with 5.84 digs per set. Hahn won her second consecutive Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week award for her efforts against Texas Tech and Baylor. She has won the DPOW award five times this season and a record 17 times in her career.
  • Iowa State has been one of the best serving teams in the country. The Cyclones, as they have for the entirety of the 2013 season, lead the Big 12 in service aces per set (1.81 per set) and are the leaders in total aces in spite of playing the second-fewest sets in the league this year.
  • ISU has three of the top six servers in the Big 12 at its disposal. Middle blocker Tory Knuth leads the Big 12 at 0.47 aces per set, Ciara Capezio ranks second at 0.36 aces per set and Caitlin Nolan ranks sixth with 0.30 aces per frame.
  • Five of Iowa State’s six losses have come to teams with an RPI in the top-25. Those losses were to Texas (No. 1), Nebraska (No. 8), San Diego (No. 15), Oklahoma (No. 19), and Illinois (No. 23). At No. 35 in the RPI, St. Mary’s is ISU’s other loss in 2013.

About South Dakota

  • From the Summit League, the South Dakota Coyotes are 18-8 overall and top the conference with a 9-2 mark in league play.
  • The Coyotes are coming off a pair of four-set victories over South Dakota State and North Dakota State last weekend.
  • Against SDSU, Kendall Kritenbrink paced the attack with 15 kills while Lindsey Brown added 14 kills at a .571 hitting percentage. USD had five players with at least 10 digs.
  • Versus NDSU, Kritenbrink led the attack again with 18 kills at a .325 hitting percentage. Setter Tori Kroll added 12 kills and 36 assists.
  • Kroll is one of the most agressive setters in the country, posting 1.27 kills per set to go with her 10.71 assists per set and 2.32 digs per set.
  • Kritenbrink leads the Coyotes with 4.61 kills per set and also is among the team’s top blockers at 0.81 blocks per set.
  • This will be the second all-time meeting between the two schools. In 1977, Iowa State and South Dakota met in a tournament at Drake with the Cyclones coming out on top.
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