CORALVILLE, Iowa — The University of Iowa volleyball team defeated Iowa State in straight sets on Saturday night at Xtream Arena in the final game of the Cy-Hawk Series Tournament.
Courtney Buzzerio tallied 15 kills, Mari Hinkle recorded 8digs, and Bailey Ortega notched 26 assists to lead the Hawkeyes.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET 1 (Iowa, 25-20): Scoring went point-for-point from the start. The Hawkeyes pulled energy from multiple hits by both Buzzerio and Amiya Jones — a dynamic duo in the front row. Iowa took the first big five-point lead at the 17-12 mark with no timeouts left for the Cyclones. Iowa State tried to climb back, but to no avail against Iowa’s scrappy play and powerful attacks.
SET 2 (Iowa, 25-19): Iowa State came in right off the bat challenging Iowa, aiming their serves and swings to open court. The Hawkeyes came back and held pace with aces and kills as the score stayed level. The first team to pull away from the game of cat and mouse was Iowa, 18-14. This lead featured back-to-back kills from Addie VanderWeide. The Hawkeyes forced a Cyclone timeout when the lead became substantial at 22-16. Iowa stayed up, taking the set.
SET 3 (Iowa, 25-21): The trend continued with long rallies between the teams and the initial score going back and forth. The Hawkeyes were the first to pull ahead with a four-point lead, 17-13. The Cyclones rivaled back, climbing to a one-point deficit, 20-19. Ultimately, Iowa prevailed.