Iowa State Fights Hard Against Texas, Loses 3-1
AUSTIN, Texas – Iowa State was able to silence a very loud Gregory Gymnasium for one set, but the No. 3 Texas Longhorns showed the determination that made them national champions as UT won the match 3-1 (25-19, 14-25, 19-25, 22-25) Saturday evening. The loss dropped Iowa State to 10-6 overall and 4-2 in the Big 12. Texas improved to 13-2 overall and 6-0 in the Big 12.
Turning Point of the Match
There were two turning points and both were on the serving of Texas' Haley Eckerman. The Waterloo, Iowa native got the ball in the second set with a 4-3 lead and sparked a 4-0 run that Iowa State was never able to recover from.
The big run on the Eckerman serve that crushed the Cyclones came in the third set. The Cyclones were ahead in the third 11-10 when Eckerman got the ball on serve. Texas scored seven-straight points on the Eckerman serve to put the third set out of Iowa State’s reach and put the Longhorns ahead in the match for good.
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Cyclone Match Ball Goes to…
The Iowa State middle blockers. UT had the Preseason All-Big 12 middle blocker on its side in Khat Bell, but the Cyclone middles showed themselves as a strong group. Tory Knuth had an outstanding match serving, tying a career-high with four service aces. Knuth’s serving was key to Iowa State making a run to get ahead for good in the first set. She also had four in September against San Diego. Knuth also chipped in seven kills.
Tenisha Matlock had seven kills at a .312 hitting percentage. Matlock was also Iowa State’s leader on the block with three block assists.
Honorable mention to the three Cyclones who were in double-figures for kills in Mackenzie Bigbee (13), Ciara Capezio (12) and Victoria Hurtt (10 at a .320 hitting percentage). Caitlin Nolan had a season-high 15 digs.
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*Iowa State out-dug Texas 53-to-47 Saturday night. The Cyclones have out-dug their opponents in 14 of 16 matches this season.
*Mackenzie Bigbee had 13 kills, the 12th time this season she has been in double figures and the 28th of her career.
*Kristen Hahn’s 14 digs meant she extended her streak of consecutive matches with at least 10 digs to 56 matches.
*Caitlin Nolan had a season-high 15 digs, the fourth time she has been in double figures this season and the first time she has led ISU in digs in a match.
*Victoria Hurtt’s 10 kills marked the sixth time this season she has been in double figures and 33rd in her caree.
*Ciara Capezio had her 10th match with at least 10 kills this year, recording 12 kills.
*Tory Knuth had four service aces, tying her career-high of four she had against San Diego in September.
Fan Tweet of the Match
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Iowa State stays on the road Wednesday with a match at No. 23 Kansas. The match begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised by Metro Sports out of Kansas City. The match will be streamed online at ESPN3.com.