No. 11 Cyclones Fall to No. 18 Illinois, 3-0
Turning Point of the Match
After a competitive first set saw Illinois come out with a 25-23 decision, the second set looked to be heading the same way with the Cyclones taking an early 7-5 lead. However, the Illini went on a 6-0 run powered by two Liz McMahon kills and a pair of Illinois blocks to get ahead 11-7 and not look back in the second en route to a 25-19 second set victory, and a 2-0 set lead heading to the intermission.
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Cyclone Match Ball Goes to…
Mackenzie Bigbee. There were not many bright spots for the Cyclone attack Sunday, but one was the sophomore out of Williamsburg. Bigbee had a match-high 14 kills, she also played all six positions in the third set, allowing her to tie her career-high of five digs.
An honorable mention to Caitlin Nolan. The sophomore had five service aces, including three during a third-set run by the Cyclones. Nolan’s career-best coming into the match was two. She also chipped in five digs.
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*Caitlin Nolan posted a career-high with five service aces. She is the first Cyclone with five aces in a match since Caitlin Mahoney did it against Cincinnati in 2011.
*Mackenzie Bigbee’s 14 kills marked the fifth time this season she has reached double-figures and 21st for her career.
*Kristen Hahn posted 13 digs, extending her school-record run to 46-straight matches with at least 10 digs. She has 63 digs in the last week dating back to Wednesday’s match at UNI (34) and Friday’s against San Diego (16).
*Jenelle Hudson recorded a career-high with four kills.
Fan Tweet of the Match
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Iowa State heads to the Ameritas Player’s Challenge in Lincoln, Neb. for three matches. The Cyclones begin the tournament against Dayton at 4:30 p.m. Friday will feature a 4:30 p.m. match against St. Mary’s (Calif.). The Saturday match will be the featured match of the tournament as the Cyclones take on No. 13 Nebraska at 7 p.m.