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Courtesy: Athletics Communications

Iowa State Sweeps Kansas State, 3-0

Release: 10/09/2013
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AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State volleyball team did it with defense Wednesday as the Cyclones swept Kansas State 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-18) in Hilton Coliseum. The win improved Iowa State to 9-5 overall and 3-1 in the Big 12. K-State fell to 13-4 overall and 1-3 in Big 12 play.

Turning Point of the Match
After a tight first set, Iowa State was able to get out to an early lead in the second set, but Kansas State was able to battle back to make it a 13-11 ISU advantage.

The Cyclones then went on a 6-0 run powered by the serving of Morgan Kuhrt. Her tough serving allowed ISU opportunities to get on the attack, and she even contributed two kills during the run.

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Cyclone Match Ball Goes to…
Morgan Kuhrt. It is not every day that the stand out player of the match comes from off the bench, but it was the redshirt freshman from Waverly who helped give the Cyclones a boost in the second and third sets.

Coming in for a sub-par Victoria Hurtt in the second set, Kuhrt gave Iowa State an added dimension to the attack from both the front and the back and another reliable defensive player to go with it. Her tough serving forced the Wildcats out-of-system.

Her night was solid as the match was nearing its end, but Kuhrt ended it with a bang. She recorded three consecutive Iowa State points on kills to bring the match to its final point before a KSU hitting error ended it.

Kuhrt ended the night with a  career-high 10 kills, six coming in the third set, at a .444 hitting percentage. Coming into the match, Kuhrt was hitting .051 for the season. She also recorded two digs and the first two block assists of her Iowa State career.

Honorable mention to Ciara Capezio, who posted another double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs, and Kristen Hahn, who had her 21st career 20+ dig match.

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 our block was improved. It was not a huge blocking night, but we were solid. We held them to a low percentage and that is always our goal. Morgan Kuhrt had a spectacular match off the bench. She has been working on some things in practice and we have been waiting for that to happen.”

Cyclone Notes
*Iowa State has won 10 of its last 11 meetings with Kansas State.
*Jenelle Hudson posted her third consecutive double-double and eighth of the season with her 35 assists and 10 digs.
*Mackenzie Bigbee saw her five-match double-figures kill streak come to an end with only nine kills, but she extended her double-digit digs streak to three matches with 10 digs on the evening.
*Kristen Hahn had her 54th straight match with at least 10 digs. She now has 1,604 digs in her career.
*Hahn also posted her 41st career match with at least 20 digs. She is pursuing Ashley Mass’ school record of 44 matches with at least 20 digs.
*Ciara Capezio had her second consecutive double-double, the fifth of her career with 11 kills and 12 digs on the night.
*Morgan Kuhrt had a career-high in kills (10), hitting percentage (.444) and block assists (two, the first of her career).

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After each match, one tweet will be chose as the “Fan Tweet of the Match”. Fans are encouraged to tweet @CycloneVB during the match, and visit after each match to see if their tweet was chosen as “Fan Tweet of the Match”.

On Deck
Iowa State is back at home Saturday afternoon for a 4 p.m. showdown against West Virginia. The match is ISU’s “Dig Pink” match. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to support breast cancer awareness.
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