Errors Cost Iowa State Against Creighton
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ISU Struggles to Close Out the First
Both teams got a big piece of the lead in the first set as Creighton was the first to get some breathing romm as back-to-back kills from Leah McNary put the Bluejays ahead 13-10 forcing Christy Johnson-Lynch's Cyclones into a timeout. ISU kept it close and finally broke through late in the set with a 4-0 run powered by a kill and two block asists from Samara West to put Iowa State ahead 22-20.
A Morgan Kuhrt kill gave ISU the first two chances to close out the set, but back-to-back attack errors tied the game at 24-24. After failing to convert its third set point, Iowa State had to then hold off two consecutive set points to tie the game at 27-27. A pair of Kuhrt kills gave ISU its fourth and fifth chances to win the set, but CU responded on both occasions with kills to tie it at 29-29. The Jays finally converted its chances and a Melanie Jereb ace ended the first 32-30 in Creighton's favor.
All Iowa State in the Second
Creighton committed three consecutive errors early in the second to give ISU a 5-1 cushion to work with. The Bluejays closed the Iowa State lead to 8-7, but CU committed three striaght errors again and Ciara Capezio put down a kill to give ISU a 12-7 lead.
Back-to-back kills by West put Iowa State ahead 19-12 and then another kill by West gave ISU a 21-13 lead. Kuhrt closed out the set with her ninth kill of the match to give the Cyclones the set 25-18.
Creighton Edges the Third and Fourth
The errors were on Iowa State to start the third set as Creighton ran out to a 4-0 lead, three points coming on ISU errors. The Cyclones fought their way back into the set, tying it 8-8 on a solo block from Victoria Hurtt and then picking up an 11-10 lead via a block from Capezio and West.
The back-and-forth continued until Creighton committed three consecutive attack errors to give ISU its first lead of more than a point in the set at 17-15. However, the Bluejays were resiliant as a 4-0 got them back in front at 20-18. Iowa State then ripped off three in a row via kills from Hurtt, Kuhrt and West to move back ahead 21-20. Creighton eventually rotated McNary, who led all players with 17 kills on teh night, back into the match and she recorded two kills to help the Jays close out the third.
In the fourth, the early proceedings were back-and-forth with neither team getting a lead of more than two points until a 5-0 run for Creighton gave them an early 11-6 advantage. CU got its biggest lead of the set at 14-8, but ISU fought back with a 5-0 run, aided by three straight attack errors from McNary, to reduce the Creighton lead to 14-13.
However, Iowa State never got the lead in the fourth set. The Jays kept ISU at bay before a couple of 3-0 runs allowed ISU to tie the fourth game at 23-23. McNary closed out the match with back-to-back kills to allow the Jays to return to Omaha with the victory.
Iowa State Leaders
Kuhrt and Capezio led the ISU offense with 14 kills each. West posted 10 kills at a .500 hitting percentage, Hurtt had nine kills and Natalie Vondrak had eight kills, four of which came in ISU's victorious second set.
Caitlin Nolan showed her abilities in replacing three-time All-American Kristen Hahn at libero with 27 digs on the evening. Capezio completed a double-double with 14 digs. ISU and CU each had 9.0 blocks, with West leading Iowa State with seven block assists.
Suzanne Horner, ISU's transfer setter from Mississippi State, posted 50 assists and seven digs on the night.
Iowa State returns to Hilton Coliseum on Saturday as the Cyclones wrap up their spring season against Nebraska. The match is at 2 p.m. and admission is free. The match will be shown on Cyclones.TV Powered by Mediacom and the Cyclones.TV web player.