AMES, Iowa – No. 20 Iowa State fell to Baylor 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-14) Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum. The loss dropped ISU to 11-3 on the season and 2-2 in Big 12 play. Baylor improves to 14-4 on the season, 4-1 in league play.
The Cyclone offense struggled, getting held to a season-low .113 hitting percentage. ISU was led by 10 kills and eight digs from Jess Schaben. Hali Hillegas led the backrow with 15 digs, while Monique Harris got a double-double of 17 assists and 10 digs.
Set One: Baylor 25 Iowa State 19
The Cyclone defense struggled to slow down the Baylor attack, as the Bears hit .429 en route to building up a 20-13 advantage. The ISU offense struggled to compound the issues, as the Cyclones committed eight attack errors, only one caused by the Baylor block. The Bears got to set point at 24-18, and moved ahead 1-0 when Katie Staiger got a kill at 25-19.
Set Two: Baylor 25 Iowa State 20
Both teams were strong defensively, but neither team could find the breathing room to get ahead in the first half of the set. The breakthrough came by Baylor, as they went on 5-0 run to pull ahead 18-13. Staiger’s service error that ended the run, gave ISU an avenue back in the set, cutting the Bears’ advantage to two at 18-16, but Baylor pushed it back to five at 21-16 and did not look back. Set point arrived at 24-18 on a Camryn Freiberg kill and was put away at 25-20 when Monique Harris‘ serve sailed long.
Set Three: Baylor 25 Iowa State 14
The Baylor offense kept rolling in the third, with Shelly Fanning guiding the Bears to an 8-4 advantage. The Cyclone attack could not counter, as ISU hit just .077 for the set as Baylor would build its lead into double figures. Match point came up at 24-14, and was put away on the first try with an ace from Aniah Philo at 25-14 Bears.
Iowa State will be off this weekend, but will be back in action at Hilton Coliseum next Wednesday against Kansas State. First serve between the Cyclones and Wildcats will be at 6:30 p.m.