No. 24 Iowa State Hosts No. 22 Kansas Wednesday
The match will be shown on Cyclones.TV. Live stats will be provided by cyclones.com, and the live blog will be hosted during the match.
- No. 24 Iowa State will look to extend its winning streak to eight games against the team the streak started against, No. 22 Kansas.
- The Cyclones and Jayhawks played one of the best matches in the Big 12 this season when ISU defeated then-No. 22 Kansas in five sets in Lawrence in front of a sold-out crowd.
- ISU put up one of its top offensive performances of the season at West Virginia in a sweep of the Mountaineers.
- With setter Jenelle Hudson out due to injury, the reins of the Iowa State offense were given to Taylor Goetz and the Cyclones did not miss a beat. Iowa State hit .329, its third-highest hitting percentage of the season and Goetz chipped in 32 assists and 12 digs, both career-high’s and her first career double-double. Victoria Hurtt had 11 kills at a .409 hitting percentage, two solo blocks and three block assists.
- 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 5.78 digs per set.
- Hahn has won the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week 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 (1.79 per set) and are the leaders in total aces in spite of playing the second-fewest sets in the league this year.
- Iowa State’s serving is now garnering the attention of the NCAA rankings. Going into this week’s matches, the Cyclones rank fifth in the country in aces per set. The Big 12’s leading server, Tory Knuth, ranks 12th nationally.
- ISU has four of the top 10 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 third at 0.36 aces per set, Caitlin Nolan ranks sixth with 0.29 aces per frame and off her three aces at West Virginia Kristen Hahn is now 10th at 0.26 aces per set.
- 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. 6), Illinois (No. 17), San Diego (No. 19) and Oklahoma (No. 22). At No. 51 in the RPI, St. Mary’s is ISU’s other loss in 2013.
About No. 22 Kansas
- Kansas comes into Wedesday’s match with a 20-6 overall record and in third in the Big 12 at 10-3 having won four of the last five matches since last seeing Iowa State.
- The Jayhawks took down in-state rivals Kansas State in four sets Saturday. Catherine Carmichael and Sara McClinton led the KU attack with 14 kills each.
- KU setter Erin McNorton has led the Big 12 in assists the entire year and set the Jayhawks to a .315 hitting percentage on Saturday against K-State. She had 47 assists and 13 digs in the win.
- Middle Blocker Caroline Jarmoc has played in all 99 sets for KU this year, earning her 3.13 kills per set at a .327 hitting percentage. She also averages 1.21 blocks per set.
- Her fellow middle blocker Tayler Soucie has been named Big 12 Rookie of the Week three times this season and two of the last three weeks, she has two kills per set at a .348 hitting percentage.
- This will be the 84th meeting between Iowa State and Kansas, with the Cyclones leading the all-time series 46-36-1. ISU is 26-8 against Kansas in Ames, winning the last eight at Hilton Coliseum.
- Iowa State defeated Kansas in five sets in Lawrence on Oct. 23. Tenisha Matlock led the Cyclones wth 18 kills at a .417 hitting percentage, and Kristen Hahn chipped in 35 digs.