AUSTIN, Texas – Iowa State fell to No. 4 Texas 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-21) Saturday night at Gregory Gymnasium. The loss drops ISU to 8-10 overall and 1-4 in Big 12 play. Texas is now 10-3 on the year and sole leaders of the Big 12 with a 5-0 league record.
The ISU effort was guided by 11 kills at .474 hitting from Grace Lazard, while Jess Schaben had a double-double of 10 kills and 11 digs and Josie Herbst had 10 kills. In her first start at libero for Iowa State, Izzy Enna had a career-high 16 digs.
Set One: Texas 25 Iowa State 21
The Cyclones got off to a rough start, as the Longhorns took six of the first seven points of the match. ISU was able to settle down, getting Grace Lazard and Jess Schaben involved to bring UT back within two on multiple occasions. While the Iowa State attack hit .306 for the set, the defense could not get the needed stops at UT racked up 20 kills the first frame. That 20th kill came from the arm of Yaazie Bedart-Ghani, whose kill gave the Longhorns the first set 25-21.
Set Two: Texas 25 Iowa State 22
Hali Hillegas and Schaben helped put ISU ahead at the service line with aces to allow the Cyclones build a 7-5 lead. The offenses again were controlling action, with both teams hitting over .500 well into the set. The Longhorns stepped up from behind the service line to get back ahead, with Logan Eggleston and Sydney Petersen stepping up with aces to move Texas ahead again. UT got to set point at 24-20, and locked up the set on the third asking when Eleanor Holthaus was blocked by Micaya White and Brionne Butler at 25-22.
Set Three: Texas 25 Iowa State 21
Once again, both teams struggled to find a way to build a lead. While the Cyclone offense continued to hit more efficiently than the Longhorns, ISU had four service errors in UT’s first 13 points of the frame. Eventually the Cyclones ran out of steam and ways back into the match as Texas moved ahead 20-16 when Schaben hit into the net. The Longhorns got to match point at 24-19, and while ISU held off defeat twice, UT took care of business on the third asking when Eggleston killed off the block at 25-21.
Iowa State is back on the road Wednesday when the Cyclones are at Kansas State. First serve between ISU and KSU will be at 7 p.m.