FORT WORTH, Texas – A short-handed Iowa State, with just nine players dressed, fell to TCU 3-1 (25-15, 25-22, 22-25, 25-14) Saturday afternoon at the University Recreation Center. The loss drops ISU to 12-12 overall on the year, 5-7 in Big 12 play. TCU improves to 13-10 overall, 6-6 in conference play.
Iowa State was led by 15 kills, five digs and five blocks by Jess Schaben while Josie Herbst added 13 kills and Candelaria Herrera got her 11 kills at .500 hitting and added six blocks. Hali Hillegas and Izzy Enna each recorded 11 digs. Piper Mauck had a double-double of 34 assists and 10 digs.
First Set: TCU 25 Iowa State 15
The Cyclone offense struggled to find rhythm, and were hampered by the TCU serve, which fired three aces to push the Frogs ahead 15-10. The home team was able to get its offense rolling to keep control of the remainder of the set, hitting .346 while ISU hit just .071. The Horned Frogs moved ahead 1-0 when Jess Schaben’s shot went into the net at 25-15 TCU.
Second Set: TCU 25 Iowa State 22
Schaben got ISU going, getting five kills in ISU’s first six points to get the visitors ahead 6-3. Schaben got seven kills in ISU’s first 11 points, as the Cyclone offense finally got rolling. The Cyclones’ lead got to six on an Eleanor Holthaus ace at 15-9, and was seven on a Hali Hillegas ace at 17-10. TCU rallied, cutting the ISU lead to one at 18-17. TCU knotted the set back up at 18-18 and moved ahead when Schaben fired wide at 21-20. ISU got back within one at 23-22 on a Josie Herbst ace, but could not tie it back up. Anna Walsh killed to put TCU ahead 2-0 in the match.
Third Set: Iowa State 25 TCU 22
The Cyclones got off to a strong start again, pushing ahead 6-1 to begin the frame. The ISU block was particularly strong, recording three early blocks to get ahead 10-3. TCU got back into the set, closing within one on multiple occasions but the Cyclones stepped up to get ahead again by four at 17-13. The Cyclones were up five at 23-18, and reached set point at 24-20. ISU continued the match when Candelaria Herrera put away her fifth kill of the set at 25-22 Cyclones.
Fourth Set: TCU 25 Iowa State 14
TCU burst out to a 12-0 lead in the frame, getting two aces in the process. The Cyclones finally got rolling, with the block and Herrera making strong impressions in the late points. However, the ISU pass struggled against the Frog serve, with the home team firing five aces in the final frame. TCU wrapped up the match when the Cyclones were called for an illegal attack at 25-14 Frogs.
Iowa State is back on the road next Wednesday at Baylor. First serve between the Cyclones and Bears will be at 7 p.m.