Iowa State Aces Test Against TCU, 3-0
The win improved Iowa State to 12-6 overall and to a three-way tie for second in the Big 12 standings with Kansas and Oklahoma at 6-2 in the conference. The loss drops the Horned Frogs to 13-9 overall and 2-6 in the Big 12.
Turning Point of the Match
This match was all about serving and Iowa State served notice that the best serving team in the Big 12 was on call Saturday. As the Cyclones went on to win the first set 25-14, ISU posted six service aces. That was a higher total than ISU had in six previous matches this year, and in four other matches Iowa State had exactly six service aces.
Kristen Hahn tied her career-high for service aces in a match in the first set alone with three aces while Ciara Capezio added two and Tory Knuth kicked in an ace.
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Cyclone Match Ball Goes to…
The servers. Not really a one-person match ball decision, but you don’t go out and have 13 aces on your own, especially later on in the match when TCU was more competitive in the sets. The Cyclones have become the best serving team in the Big 12 and one of the best in the nation, because they work at it and in matches like this, it shows the fruit of the labor.
Hahn ended up with a career-high four aces, and Capezio, Knuth and Nolan all posted three aces each. What made the Cyclone out-put even more impressive was that it only included three service errors, Iowa State’s lowest output of the season.
The serving was tough outside of aces, too. Jenelle Hudson had no service errors and was driving the ball well into the Horned Frogs passers. Mackenzie Bigbee did well varying the distance she put on her serves. Ciara Capezio was consistently finding the tape during a third set run that helped bring Iowa State back into and ahead in the set.
Honorable mention to Bigbee’s own individual performance, who broke out of a recent funk with 14 kills at a .440 hitting percentage, and chipped in eight digs.
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
“Tonight we were just good enough to win. We seemed just a little bit off, and it did not seem like there were a ton of rallies. Though we hit well, we did not seem in sync for a couple of reasons. We struggled passing early on, and we got into some tough rotations attempting to side-out. TCU was one of the better serving teams we have seen this year, and they had some players we struggled to slow down.”
*Iowa State’s 13 service aces for the match were the second-most for Iowa State in a match under head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch. The Cyclones had 16 service aces in a three-set sweep of Chicago State to open the 2006 season.
*The Cyclones had at least 10 service aces for the first time since 2011, when ISU posted 10 aces at home to Kansas.
*Iowa State is now 3-0 all-time against TCU. The Horned Frogs have never taken a set off the Cyclones.
*Mackenzie Bigbee’s 14 kills marked the 13th time in 2013 and 29th time in her career that she has had at least 10 kills in a match.
*Kristen Hahn’s 16 digs marked the 58th straight match the Cyclone libero had at least 10 digs in a match.
*Hahn posted a career-high with four service aces. She had three aces on two previous occasions, and this was the first time in 2013 Hahn had more than one service ace in a match.
*Ciara Capezio had her second straight match with at least 10 digs, recording 11 digs against the Frogs. She has nine matches with double-digit digs this season and in her career.
Fan Tweet of the Match
Solid sweep for @CycloneVB. Just a dominating performance! Showing major improvement since the beginning of the year!— Matthew Ballman (@datBASS3) October 27, 2013
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Iowa State continues its home stand with a match against Texas Tech, Wednesday at 8 p.m. inside Hilton Coliseum. The match will be televised nationally on ESPNU.