AMES, Iowa – Iowa State saw its three-match winning streak come to an end, as No. 8 Texas defeated the Cyclones 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-14) Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum. The loss sends ISU back to .500 at 11-11 overall and 4-5 in Big 12 play. UT improves to 13-4 and stays atop the Big 12 at 8-1.
Texas hit. 364 for the match and was able to hold the Cyclones to a .129 hitting clip on the evening. Jess Schaben led ISU with her 10th double-double of the season with 10 kills and 10 digs. Grace Lazard had nine kills and two blocks. In the back row, Hali Hillegas had 16 digs, while Izzy Ennaposted 10.
Set One: Texas 25 Iowa State 19
Both teams’ offenses were producing points early, but Texas had the early advantages, feeding its middles well to push ahead by three at 16-13. The visitors moved ahead by four at 19-15, but ISU was able to bring it back within two at 20-18 with Grace Lazard and Jess Schaben teaming for a block. However, ISU could not find answers for a UT attack which hit .364 for the set. The Longhorns moved ahead 1-0 when Schaben fired wide at 25-19.
Set Two: Texas 25 Iowa State 19
The Cyclone defense continued to not have answers for the UT attack, as the Horns put away four of its first six shots for kills to get ahead 6-2. The Cyclones got back into it from behind the service line, as Lazard got two aces and Piper Mauck one to move the home team ahead 8-7. The UT offense continued to produce in attack and eventually built its lead back up to four at 18-14 on a Micaya White ace. The Horns hit .389 for the set, helping cancel out ISU’s four service aces in the frame. UT moved ahead 2-0 when Yaazie Bedart-Ghani pushed a shot through the Cyclone block at 25-19 UT.
Set Three: Texas 25 Iowa State 14
Texas ran away with the third, with Logan Eggelston running off a 5-0 run from behind the service line to get the visitors ahead 7-1. The Cyclone back-row did what they could to keep ISU in range, but UT was able to settle in, with the defending Big 12 Player of the Year Micaya White stepping up with a variety of shots to push the Horns ahead 14-7. The Longhorns hit .342 for the set and wrapped up the set and the match when Morgan Johnson killed on the slide at 25-14.
Iowa State returns to Hilton Coliseum on Friday to host Kansas State. First serve between the Cyclones and Wildcats will be at 7 p.m.