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No. 24 Iowa State Falls to No. 22 Kansas in Four

Release: 11/20/2013
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AMES, Iowa – The No. 24 Iowa State volleyball team dropped its Top 25 showdown with No. 22 Kansas 3-1 (21-25, 23-25, 25-22, 20-25) Wednesday night in Hilton Coliseum. The loss dropped the Cyclones to 17-7 overall on the season and 10-3 in the Big 12. The Jayhawks moved ahead of Iowa State into second place in the Big 12 standings and are now 21-6 overall and 11-3 in the conference.

Turning Points of the Match
It has been said about Iowa State’s serving many times this season. The reason the Cyclones are the best serving team in the Big 12 and one of the best in the country is that they take chances. You can’t be a great serving team by hitting the ball lightly over the net preventing errors at all costs.

On Wednesday, two untimely service errors hit Iowa State late in the second set as Ciara Capezio gave away a 22-22 tie with a service error. After Tenisha Matlock got a kill to even the score again, it was Kristen Hahn who had the service error to give Kansas a set point, which they clinched when Tory Knuth’s slide move was stuffed by Tiana Dockery and Tayler Soucie.

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Cyclone Match Ball Goes to…
Tory Knuth. The redshirt sophomore middle blocker had the best offensive night of her Iowa State career, leading the attack with a career-high 15 kills, four better than her previous best of 11 against San Diego back in September, while hitting at a career-high .542 hitting percentage. The communication between Knuth and setter Jenelle Hudson was almost flawless on their quick-set play which Kansas, the Big 12’s top blocking team, had very few answers for. She also chipped in a solo block and three block assists.

Honorable mention to Morgan Kuhrt, who came off the bench in the third set for Ciara Capezio and recorded nine kills at a .389 hitting percentage.

Cyclone Nation, who was your player of the match? Tweet the player along with the hashtag #CyclONEmatchball to @CycloneVB and we’ll announce the fan’s pick later this afternoon.

Quoting Christy Johnson-Lynch
“I thought Kansas played a great match. The two teams had a great match when we won down there and they are a really good team. They are tough to stop with their double-quick offense they run and we struggled to keep up with it. On our end, we looked rusty. Maybe it was a reflection of the bye week, though that does not seem like a very good reason. We were out of sync for a game-and-a-half and we did not have much going well. We started to get going and played better for the rest of the match after that.”

Cyclone Notes
*Iowa State out-dug Kansas 55-to-49. The Cyclones have now recorded more digs than the opponent in 20 matches this season.
*Iowa State’s four service aces moved its season total up to 151, the first time the Cyclones have had 150 aces in a season since 2008 (160).
*The loss was ISU’s first loss on a Wednesday in 2013. The Cyclones had been 6-0 in Wednesday matches this season.
*Jenelle Hudson tied a career high with five kills. She also had five at Oklahoma on Oct. 5.
*Hudson also added two service aces, her sixth multi-ace match of the season.
*Mackenzie Bigbee finished with 14 kills, the 17th time this season and 33rd in her career with at least 10 kills. She has been in double figures each of the last four matches.
*Kristen Hahn’s 22 digs marked the 46th time in her career she has had at least 20 digs. She has been over 20 digs 13 times in 2013.
*Hahn extended her streak of matches with at least 10 digs to 64 matches.
*Tory Knuth recorded a career-high 15 kills. Her previous career-best was 11 against San Diego on Sept. 6.
*Knuth got her 15 kills at a career-best .542 hitting percentage. With a minimum of 15 attempts, Knuth’s previous career-high was .500 at Iowa on Sept. 21 and at Oklahoma on Oct. 5.

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On Deck
No. 24 Iowa State is back on the road when the Cyclones play in Fort Worth, Texas against the TCU Horned Frogs Saturday at 1 p.m.
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