AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State Cyclones will play at least three of their 2013 matches on TV, one home match and two away matches, it was announced Monday. One of the three matches, an Oct. 30 home contest against Texas Tech, has been picked up by ESPNU for national broadcast.
All three of Iowa State’s televised matches come at the end of October, starting with a match at defending national champion Texas on Oct. 19 on the Fox Sports Network. The time of the match has been pushed back from 4 p.m. CST to 6:30 p.m. to accommodate TV scheduling. FSN also carried last season’s match at Texas, a five-set contest eventually won by the Longhorns.
The loss at Texas was the final loss of the regular season for the Cyclones, who rattled off 12-straight wins en route to the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals, including a 3-2 win over the then-No. 3 Longhorns in Ames on senior night.
Metro Sports in Kansas City will air the Cyclones’ match at Kansas for the second consecutive season, the sixth Iowa State match the regional channel has carried in the last three seasons. As they did at Texas in 2012, the Cyclones battled the Jayhawks for five sets in Lawrence a year ago before dropping the match. First serve against Kansas on Oct. 23 is set for 6:30 p.m. CST
Of Iowa State’s five previous appearances on ESPNU, four of them have been played in Ames, and the network is back for more Hilton Magic this season when it broadcasts Iowa State’s Oct. 30 contest against the Red Raiders. Due to the national broadcast, the match, which was originally slated for 6:30 p.m. CST, has been rescheduled for 8 p.m.
The Cyclones are just over a month away from their first match of 2013, an 11 a.m. CDT match against South Dakota State at the UND Classic hosted by North Dakota.