ISU Stuns No. 18 Texas, 3-1, in Big 12 Opener

Meghan Ferrie tied a career-high with 13 kills and had no attack errors as Iowa State stunned No. 18 Texas, 3-1 (22-30, 31-29, 30-23, 30-27), in the Big 12 home opener for the Cyclones.

Iowa State (7-5, 1-1 Big 12) dropped the first game but bounced back, capturing the next three games in impressive fashion. The win marked the first Big 12 victory under first-year coach Christy Johnson.


"We really felt into the match even after losing the first game," said Johnson. "We weren't getting blown out of the water so we just had to stay patient and keep with our game plan."


The Longhorns (6-2, 1-1) used a 14-7 run to capture the first game after the Cyclones drew the score to 16-15 in favor of Texas. The Longhorns out hit ISU and got four kills each from Brandy Magee and Leticia Armstrong in the game.


Katie Jessen dominated the second game with 10 kills as ISU took a hard fought 31-29 win and evened the match at 1-1.


ISU hit .240 in the second game and took an 11-8 lead after an ace by Katie Churm. Texas used a timeout and battled back to take a 14-11 lead. The Cyclones would not regain the lead until a kill by Jessen made it 28-27 in favor of the home team. The teams traded points before a Jessen kill and an attack error by Texas gave ISU the game.


The third game was all ISU as the Cyclones hit .385 to take control of the match, 2-1.


With the score tied at 9-9, ISU rallied to score six consecutive points and go ahead 15-9. The Cyclones answered every Longhorn challenge after that, putting Texas away after a service error by the Longhorns.


Game four saw the teams battle back-and-forth with the Cyclones taking their first lead at 11-10. ISU never looked back, scoring four consecutive points on attack errors by UT. The Cyclones would win the match on a kill by setter Amanda Craig.


Ferrie hit a career-high .520 in the match and Jessen contributed 18 kills in the Cyclones second win all-time against Texas. The last ISU win over the Longhorns came in 2003 at Hilton Coliseum when the Cyclones downed Texas, 3-1.


Amanda Craig had a double-double with 45 assists and 11 digs. Churm had 18 digs to lead four players with double-figure digs in the match. Erin Boeve again dominated the net for the Cyclones with one solo block and 10 block assists.


Magee and Armstrong each had 20 kills for the Longhorns. Texas, who entered the match ranked seventh in the NCAA in hitting percentage at .307, were held to a .146 hitting percentage against the Cyclones.


ISU will be back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Baylor for a Big 12 match against the Bears.


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