AMES, Iowa – Iowa State could not complete its comeback against No. 19 Baylor on Saturday, as the Bears prevailed 3-2 (15-25, 25-19, 25-14, 22-25, 15-8) at Hilton Coliseum on Saturday. The loss drops ISU to 8-7 overall on the year, and 1-1 in Big 12 play. Baylor is now 9-4 and 1-1.
The Cyclones did not have an answer for BU’s Yossiana Pressley, who notched a career-high 39 kills on the day. ISU was led by a season-high 20 kills from Jess Schaben, while Candelaria Herrera had a career-best 16 kills at .483 hitting. Hali Hillegas led the back row with 22 digs.
Set One: Iowa State 25 Baylor 15
While Baylor struggled to figure its passing and setting out, Iowa State left them in the dust. The Cyclone attack racked up a .382 hitting percentage as a team. ISU went on a 4-0 run and a 6-0 run which led to ISU racking up a double digit lead at 19-9. The Cyclone block had 4.0 total blocks in the frame, with Grace Lazard involved in three. Her middle partner Candelaria Herrera wrapped up the set with a kill at 25-15.
Set Two: Baylor 25 Iowa State 19
ISU looked like it was going to continue to dominate, as they burst out to a 6-1 advantage. The Bears kept it together, going on a 9-2 run to move ahead 15-11. While the Cyclones were able to eventually settle into the set, the BU offense was too much as the Bears hit .429 for the set. Yossiana Pressley in particular dominated, as the BU sophomore had 10 kills in the set. Baylor evened up the match when Josie Herbst fired wide to make it 25-19 BU.
Set Three: Baylor 25 Iowa State 14
Pressley and the Bear offense continued to click, as they ran out to a 5-1 lead. It was another dominant performance from the BU sophomore, who had 11 kills in the frame as Baylor hit .581 in the frame. BU closed out the third to move ahead 2-1 on a service ace by setter Hannah Fluegel at 25-14.
Set Four: Iowa State 25 Baylor 22
The two offenses controlled proceedings early, as both teams were able to spread the attack to keep the scoreboard moving over. ISU went on a 3-0 run to get ahead at 9-7, but Baylor was able to respond with a 5-1 run to move ahead 15-12 at the media timeout. Iowa State got within one at 16-15, tied it at 17-17 and moved ahead 18-17 when Herrera and Piper Mauck stuffed Aniah Philo. BU got back ahead at 21-20 on Pressley’s 33rd kill of the afternoon, but ISU responded with a Hali Hillegas ace and Eleanor Holthaus’ first kill of the afternoon to move ahead 23-21. Iowa State forced a fifth when Lazard and Schaben teamed to deny Pressley at 25-22.
Set Five: Baylor 15 Iowa State 8
Iowa State was blocked on consecutive points to help give BU a 4-1 advantage. The Cyclone attack struggled for rhythm, as Lazard fired long to open the Baylor lead to 6-2. Herbst’s shot into the net made it 9-3 Baylor, but ISU was able to inch back with a two-straight to make it 9-5. The Bears’ attack was too much, as Baylor hit .556 in the final set. BU wrapped up the match when Piper Mauck was called in the net at 15-8.
Iowa State has a midweek bye before returning to action on Friday at Texas Tech. First serve between the Cyclones and Red Raiders will be at 6 p.m.