Cyclones Fall in Spring Finale to Nebraska
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State wrapped up its spring volleyball season against Nebraska in front of an enthusiastic Hilton Coliseum crowd Saturday afternoon. The Huskers picked up the match with 3-0 (27-25, 25-21, 25-22). The two teams played a fourth set, and the Huskers took that, too at 25-22.
Even First Set
The two rivals showed that this was going to be a competitive match right away in the first set as neither team could pull ahead by more than two points in the early proceedings. Down 11-10, the Huskers then ripped off four straight points capped off by a kill from Amber Rolfzen to get a 14-11 lead and force ISU into its first timeout.
The Cyclones responded well as the Cyclones used a pair of 3-0 runs to tie the match back up at 18-18. The back-and-forth continued and ISU got the first chance at a set point at 24-23, but a Kadie Rolfzen kill kept the set alive. A Morgan Kuhrt kill held off Nebraska’s first set point, but NU was eventually able to close out the set as Victoria Hurtt’s attack was blocked by Mary Pollmiller and Melanie Keil to give Nebraska the first set at 27-25.
Mid-Set Run for Nebraska in the Second
The second set went much like the first set as both teams kept the score close or tied. With it tied 11-11, the Huskers made the breakthrough with a 6-1 run to get ahead 17-12. The Cyclones were able to reduce the Nebraska lead to 22-21 on back-to-back kills from Natalie Vondrak and Hurtt. However, Nebraska ripped off the final three points of the set. Like the first set, the second set ended on a Hurtt attack that was blocked by Pollmiller and Keil to give NU the set 25-21.
Third-Set Rally Falls Short
Nebraska got ahead quickly in the third, forcing ISU into an early timeout at 6-2 Huskers. A 5-1 run put the Nebraska lead at 9-8 and the set began to play out in a similar fashion to the other sets. ISU was able to tie the sets, but never able to take the lead in the third frame. Nebraska put together a 5-1 run to get ahead 21-17.
Again, Iowa State rallied, this time behind strong serving from Ciara Capezio to reduce the NU advantage to 23-22. However, an ISU rotation error and an ace from Brenna Lyles gave Nebraska the third set 25-22 and the match 3-0.
Iowa State Gets Off to a Quick Start in Set Four
For the first time all match it was Iowa State who got off to the quick start as a 4-0 run got ISU out to its largest lead of the day at 8-4. The Huskers battled back and once again the teams played a back-and-forth frame. With Iowa State ahead 18-17, Nebraska got its big breakthrough as the Huskers ripped off a 4-0 run to move ahead 21-18. An A. Rolfzen service error gave ISU a chance to hold off a second Nebraska set point, but a failed dump over by Suzanne Horner gave Nebraska the set at 25-22.
Iowa State Match Leaders
Mackenzie Bigbee, playing on a sprained ankle, led the ISU attack with 11 kills. Hurtt and Vondrak each recorded 10 kills, Vondrak getting hers at a .333 hitting percentage. ISU and Nebraska each finished with 51 digs, with Caitlin Nolan leading the Cyclones with 18 digs. Horner guided the ISU offense with 41 assists.
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