"It's always good to play at home and I'm particularly excited to have the Iowa State band at our Big 12 matches," said head coach Christy Johnson. "We really want to create an exciting environment for our fans and the band is going to be a big part of that."
New to the gameday atmostphere of Cyclone volleyball this season is the addition of the Cyclone Pep Band. The band will be making regular appearances throughout Iowa State's home schedule.
The Cyclones (6-5, 0-1) hope to pick up their first Big 12 win of the season after falling to Missouri, 3-0, on Wednesday. ISU was paced by a career-high 11 kills from Jessica Klein while Amanda Craig had 31 assists in the loss.
The Longhorns (6-1, 1-0) downed Colorado, 3-1, at home on Wednesday to move to 1-0 in Big 12 play. Leticia Armstrong had 24 kills and Brandy Magee contributed 18 in the win.
"Texas is pretty young but they are big and physical team," said Johnson. "They spread the ball around offensively so we'll have to do a good job of knowing what play is coming at us and play great defense behind our block."
Texas is riding a five-match winning streak and is led by Magee and Armstrong, who rank first and second in the Big 12 in hitting percentage, respectively. Michelle Moriarty is averaging 13.33 assists this season to lead the Longhorn attack.
The Cyclones are on a four-match losing streak after starting the season 5-0. ISU's Erin Boeve already has 51 block assists this season to lead the Cyclones at the net. Boeve had 54 last season in her freshman campaign in 2004.
Katie Jessen has a team-high seven 10-kill matches this season to lead ISU. Katie Churm leads the Cyclones in digs, averaging 4.89 digs. Churm ranks second in the Big 12 in digs per game.
Gametracker will be available at Cyclones.com.