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No. 24 Iowa State Survives TCU in Five Sets

Release: 11/23/2013
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FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 24 Iowa State volleyball team had to survive a wild comeback against TCU Saturday at the TCU University Recreation Center, but the Cyclones were able to hang on 3-2 (25-23, 25-16, 22-25, 25-27, 15-12). The win improved Iowa State to 18-7 overall and 11-3 in the Big 12. TCU falls to 15-14 overall and 3-11 in the Big 12.

Turning Point of the Match
After controlling the first two sets, Iowa State saw the TCU squad fight back to take the next two sets and force a decisive fifth set. With the fifth tied 5-5, the Cyclones saw an unexpected hero emerge and take over the match. Morgan Kuhrt propelled a 5-0 run with a kill and two service aces to put the match out of reach. TCU made a fight back, but at match point it was Kuhrt who had the final kill to end the match in ISU’s favor.

Cyclone Match Ball Goes to…
Morgan Kuhrt. With Ciara Capezio’s attack radar off the mark, Christy Johnson-Lynch called on the redshirt freshman to make one of her strong cameos. She did just that. Kuhrt finished the match with a career-high 15 kills at a .364 hitting percentage while adding in a career-high three aces, six digs, a solo block and a block assist.

Honorable mention to Mackenzie Bigbee and Victoria Hurtt, who each had 16 kills to power the Iowa State offense.

Cyclones Notes
*Iowa State had a season-high 76 kills and 94 digs in the match.
*Jenelle Hudson recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 65 assists and 15 digs.
*Hudson’s 65 assists were a career-high. She is the first Cyclone with at least 60 assists in a match since Alison Landwehr had 66 against Texas last season.
*Mackenzie Bigbee had her third career double-double with 16 kills and 10 digs.
*Bigbee’s 16 kills marked the 18th time this season and 34th of her career with at least 10 kills.
*Kristen Hahn had 28 digs, marking her 47th career match with at least 20 digs, 13 of which came this season.
*Hahn’s streak of matches with at least 10 digs is now at 65 matches.
*Caitlin Nolan’s 14 digs marked the seventh time in 2013 and 20th of her career.
*Victoria Hurtt posted 16 kills for her ninth match this season and 36th of her career with at least 10 kills.
*Ciara Capezio had her 11th career match with at least 10 digs.
*Tory Knuth had her fifth career match with at least 10 kills, four of those have come in the last seven matches.
*Morgan Kuhrt recorded a career-high 15 kills via a career-high 33 attempts.
*Tenisha Matlock had 14 kills for her seventh match this season with at least 10 kills, 18th of her career.

Fan Tweet of the Match

On Deck
Iowa State returns home for a Wednesday showdown with No. 1 Texas. The match, which is also Senior Night for Kristen Hahn and Tenisha Matlock, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum.
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