"Baylor is a strong team with some exceptional athletes," said head coach Christy Johnson. "We just want to continue to improve every match and work as hard as we possibly can. Every single Big 12 match is crucial for us, we need to be ready to play every night."
The Cyclones (7-5, 1-1 Big 12) look to build on a victory over then No. 18 ranked Texas on Saturday night. ISU rallied after dropping the first game to pick up a 3-1 (22-30, 31-29, 30-23, 30-27) win over the Longhorns. Katie Jessen had 18 kills and Meghan Ferrie tied a career-high with 13 kills to lead the Cyclones in the win. Ferrie had no attack errors en route to a career-best .520 hitting percentage in the match.
Iowa State's Katie Churm ranks second in the Big 12 in digs, averaging 4.85 per game. Churm had 18 digs in the win over Texas. Erin Boeve's 11 blocks contributed to the Cyclones' defensive domination in the match against UT. Boeve has already recorded 61 block assists this season, compared to 54 that she had in her freshman campaign last season.
Baylor (9-3, 1-0 Big 12) picked up a 3-1 win over Texas Tech in the Big 12 opener on Wednesday before traveling to the Northern Arizona Fiesta Bowl Classic for a weekend tournament. The Bears went 2-1 in the tournament, posting wins against Gonzaga and Northern Arizona and losing 3-2 to UTEP.
Baylor's Nicole LeBlanc had over 15 kills in each of the Bears' matches last week, including 19 in the win over Gonzaga. LeBlanc is averaging a team-high 3.77 kills while Emily Huston ranks sixth in the Big 12 averaging 12.09 assists per game.
Gametracker will be available at Cyclones.com.