ISU Volleyball Travels To Missouri State Classic

The Iowa State volleyball team will try to ride the momentum of Wednesday's 3-0 win over intrastate rival Northern Iowa when they travel to Springfield, Mo. for the Results Advertising Missouri State Classic. The Cyclones will face Utah (3-2) on Friday at 4 p.m. and Missouri State (2-4) at noon on Saturday. ISU will conclude the tournament with a 5 p.m. Saturday match against Arkansas (4-1).

"We've got three very tough matches this weekend and we'll have to play well to have a shot at them," said head coach Christy Johnson. "This is our last weekend before Big 12 play starts and it will be a great indicator of where the team is at and what we need to work on before conference play begins."

Iowa State (6-1) enters the weekend after snapping an 11-match losing streak to Northern Iowa, with a 3-0 win on Wednesday night. The win was ISU's first since 1992 against the Panthers and marked the first Cyclone sweep of UNI since a 2-0 sweep on Nov. 9, 1979.

Katie Jessen recorded her fourth double-double of the season, posting 12 kills and 11 digs in the match, to lead the Cyclones. Amanda Craig's 34 assists led the ISU offensive attack.

About Utah: The Utes enter the weekend with a 3-2 record, including a five-game win over Utah State on Tuesday night. Airial Salvo is averaging 3.24 kills to lead Utah. Kate Robison is the Utes leader defensively, averaging 2.65 digs. Utah is coached by Beth Launiere, who picked up her 300th win earlier this season. The all-time series is tied at 1-1.

About Missouri State: Southwest Missouri State became Missouri State on Aug. 28, 2005. The Bears are 2-4 this season with two of the losses coming to ranked teams. Katie Werges is averging 4.35 kills and Ashley Warren averages 12.15 assists to lead the MSU attack. Defensively, Sabrina Apker averages 1.50 blocks to control the net for the Bears. Melissa Stokes is in her tenth season as head coach of Missouri State.

About Arkansas: The Lady Razorbacks enter the weekend with a 4-1 record, including a 3-2 loss to Kansas State of the Big 12. Denitza Koleva is averaging 3.95 kills and Amy Allison is averaging 1.88 blocks for Arkansas. Iowa State holds a 1-0 edge in the all-time series against the Lady Backs. Chris Poole is in his 12th season at Arkansas and has a 267-117 record at the Southeastern Conference school.

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