LUBBOCK, Texas – Iowa State (17-9, 8-6 Big 12) was unable to take advantage of a first set win, falling to Texas Tech (16-12, 6-8 Big 12) 3-1 (24-26, 26-24, 25-21, 25-20) Wednesday night at United Supermarkets Arena.
The Cyclones were unable to take advantage of an array of strong individual performances. Candelaria Herrera led the attack with 16 kills, her best as a Cyclone, at .394 hitting, Josie Herbst had 14 kills, her first time in double figures since Oct. 5, Eleanor Holthaus had a double-double of 13 kills and 13 digs, her sixth-straight match killing in double-digits, Piper Mauck recorded her third-straight double-double with 45 assists and 15 digs and Michal Schuler finished with a career-high 30 digs.
Set One: Iowa State 26 Texas Tech 24
The ISU block was stifling against the Red Raider attack early, with Candelaria Herrera putting up three blocks and causing another attack error to push the visitors ahead 8-3. ISU’s attack began to misfire, allowing TTU got go on a 7-0 run and get ahead 10-8. Izzy Enna, whose serving was critical to ISU’s win over Oklahoma last Friday, went behind the line to serve up a 4-0 run which put the Cyclones ahead again 14-12. The Cyclones pushed back ahead with three-straight kills by Herrera powering a 5-0 run to up the Iowa State advantage to 21-15. Tech fought off three set points to tie it at 24-24, but ISU locked it up with consecutive Josie Herbst kills at 26-24.
Set Two: Texas Tech 26 Iowa State 24
The first 20 points of the set saw five ties and a pair of lead changes, with Iowa State finally able to get some breathing room with a 3-0 run powered by an Eleanor Holthaus kill and block to move ahead 13-10. Tech got back within one at 15-14, but a timely Enna ace helped the Cyclones get their advantage back up. However, the home team fought its way back with a 5-0 run to move ahead at 23-22. TTU reached set point at 24-23, but Annie Hatch killed to fight it off. The Raiders put it away on second asking with an ace by Alex Kirby at 26-24.
Set Three: Texas Tech 25 Iowa State 21
Enna’s serve sparked a 5-1 run to give ISU the early advantage at 6-3. The Texas Tech block stepped up to guide a 4-0 run which put them ahead 9-8. The Cyclones continued to battle defensively and eventually moved back ahead when Herbst stuffed Brooke Kanas at 14-13. The Red Raiders were able to restore their advantage with a 3-0 run, capped by an Emily Hill ace at 19-17. TTU was able to ride its lead from there, holding the Iowa State attack to .113 hitting in the set. Tech moved ahead 2-1 in the match when Kanas killed at 25-21.
Set Four: Texas Tech 25 Iowa State 20
The fourth was tied 7-7, but Tech was able to move ahead 7-8. While Texas Tech was able to maintain its lead, they were not able to get breathing room, as a run of 16-straight sideouts kept the visitors within reach. However, TTU was eventually able to take advantage of a Hatch attack error to get ahead by three at 19-16. There was no path back into the match for the Cyclones, as Tech defense was once again hard on the visitors, holding ISU to .159 hitting in the set. Texas Tech wrapped up the match when Hill killed through the block at 25-20.
Iowa State is off this weekend before returning to action next Wednesday at Kansas. First serve between the Cyclones and Jayhawks in Lawrence will be at 6:30 p.m.