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Iowa State Survives Texas Tech in Five Sets

Courtesy: cyclones.com
Release: 10/30/2013
         
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AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State volleyball team was able to get two sets ahead of Texas Tech Wednesday night in Hilton Coliseum, but had to hang on to win in five sets 3-2 (25-20, 25-19, 26-28, 19-25, 15-12). The win improved Iowa State to 13-6 overall and 7-2 in the Big 12. The loss dropped TTU to 8-17 overall and 1-8 in conference play.

Turning Point of the Match
For a time, it looked like it was Texas Tech’s destiny to defeat the Cyclones as the Red Raiders pulled ahead 5-4 in the fifth set, earning all five points via errors by Iowa State. However, ISU was able to compile a 7-1 run on the back of the tough serving of Kristen Hahn and Jenelle Hudson to put Iowa State ahead for good. Though the Cyclones did not close the match out immediately, the Red Raiders got it back to a 13-11 ISU lead in the fifth set, it was enough to bring the Cyclones their third straight win.

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Cyclone Match Ball Goes to…
Kristen Hahn. In the end, it was the senior All-American who helped bring home the Iowa State victory. Hahn stepped up in the fifth set when Iowa State needed to find ways to fight for the match. She posted eight of her match-high 28 digs in the final frame, recorded her first kill of the season when an overpass was not picked up by the Red Raiders and teamed with Jenelle Hudson to put together the 7-1 run to bring the Cyclones home safely.

Honorable mention to Hudson. Though her setting numbers were underwhelming with only 36 assists, she was a force in the back-row. The sophomore finished the match with a career-best 21 digs, becoming the first setter since Kaylee Manns against Baylor in 2009 to have at least 20 digs. She also posted three service aces and three kills on the night.

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Quoting Christy Johnson-Lynch
“Congrats to Texas Tech on putting together a really nice match. They fought hard and dug a lot of balls. They served us very tough, one of the toughest matches we had. They struggled passing early, but they passed really well in the second half of the match. On our end, it was pretty ugly. Part of that was what Tech was doing, but there was not much good from us tonight. You are going to have one or two of those a season where you don’t have it and you begin to panic. That was the case tonight.”

Cyclone Notes
*Iowa State improved to 3-1 on the year in five-set matches. The Cyclones defeated UNI and Kansas, and fell to Oklahoma previously this campaign.
*Iowa State’s 15 service aces were the second-most by an ISU team under Christy Johnson-Lynch and second-most in the rally scoring era. The only higher total was ISU’s 16 against Chicago State to open the 2006 season.
*The 15 aces is tied for the most in a match this season by a Big 12 team. TCU had 15 against Grambling State back on Sept. 4.
*The Cyclones have now defeated Texas Tech 15 straight times.
*Jenelle Hudson’s 21 digs were a career-high, surpassing her previous best of 18 at UNI back in September.
*Hudson became the first ISU setter to have 20 digs in a match since Kaylee Manns had 25 in a five-set win against Baylor in 2009.
*Hudson recorded her ninth double-double of the season.
*Mackenzie Bigbee tied a career-high with three service aces. She also had three aces against Iowa on Sept. 21.
*Kristen Hahn finished the night with 28 digs, marking the 43rd time in her career Hahn has had at least 20 digs. She needs only one more 20+ dig match to tie Ashley Mass for the most in school history.
*Hahn’s streak of matches with at least 10 digs has been extended to 59 matches.
*Ciara Capezio led Iowa State with 16 kills, the 12th time this season the freshman has had at least 10 kills.
*Capezio also posted 10 digs, marking the seventh double-double of her season.
*Tory Knuth finished the match with 10 kills, only the second time in her career she has reached double figures along with the match against San Diego on Sept. 6 when she had 11.
*Knuth also had a season-high four digs.
*Morgan Kuhrt recorded the first solo block of her career.
*Tenisha Matlock finished with 10 kills, the sixth time this season and 17th match of her career where she has reached double figures.

Fan Tweet of the Match

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 cyclones.com after each match to see if their tweet was chosen as “Fan Tweet of the Match”.

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Iowa State is back on the road this weekend for a trip to Waco, Texas to take on the Baylor Bears. The match will take place Saturday at 7 p.m.
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