AMES, Iowa – Iowa State got back into the win column on Saturday night with a 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 25-15) victory over West Virginia at Hilton Coliseum. The win improves ISU to 13-13 overall, 6-7 in Big 12 play, while WVU is now 11-15 and 2-10 in league competition.
The Cyclone seniors were crucial to ISU’s success on the night, led by 22 kills at .288 hitting, 18 digs and four blocks by Jess Schaben. Grace Lazard finished with 14 kills and six blocks, while Hannah Bailey’s second match back saw her with five kills. Joining Schaben with a double-double was Piper Mauck, who had 47 assists and 10 digs.
Set One: Iowa State 25 West Virginia 20
Iowa State’s serve was on point, with the Cyclones closing a WVU lead with a 5-0 run on the serve of Grace Lazard to move ahead 8-7. The Mountaineers bounced back to get back ahead, but Hali Hillegas’ trip behind the service line saw ISU go on a 4-0 run to move ahead for good at 18-14. The Cyclones had four aces on the set with no errors while also hitting .357. Iowa State moved ahead 1-0 when Josie Herbst fired an ace at 25-20.
Set Two: West Virginia 25 Iowa State 23
Once again, the Cyclones found themselves in an early hole as WVU fired off a 6-0 run to move ahead 10-4. ISU’s block came to life to help bring the Cyclones back into the set, as a 5-0 run brought ISU within one at 12-11. It was not until late in the set when ISU would get back in front, as a 3-0 run which featured kills by Lazard and Schaben getting ISU ahead 22-21. However, the Mountaineers would reach set point first at 24-23 and put it away on first asking with a Kristin Lux ace at 25-23.
Set Three: Iowa State 25 West Virginia 22
The two teams traded 4-0 runs early before an even set broke out, with neither team able to string together points for much of the set. The one run came by Iowa State, as the Cyclones went on a 4-0 run capped by a Josie Herbst kill to move ahead for good at 17-14. WVU could cut the ISU lead to one at 21-20 and 23-22, but could not take the final step as Schaben finished off the set with back-to-back kills to make it 25-22 ISU.
Set Four: Iowa State 25 West Virginia 15
It was all about the Cyclone defense, as ISU recorded 6.0 total blocks and 22 digs to hold WVU to -.067 hitting on the set. Lazard was the star of that effort, as she had five blocks in the final frame. ISU got ahead for good at 8-7, and strung together a 10-2 run which put the set out of WVU’s grasp. The Mountaineers were able to hold off a pair of set points, but Lazard’s 14th kill of the night wrapped it up the for the Cyclones at 25-15.
Player of the Match
Jess Schaben. Another outstanding match for the Cyclone senior, as she posted her second-straight 20-kill match, finishing with 22 kills at .288 hitting along with 18 digs for her 14th double-double of the season. Her defense also saw her post four blocks.
Iowa State heads on the road to take on Oklahoma on Wednesday. First serve between the Cyclones and Sooners in Norman will be at 7 p.m.