Lorenzen's 19 Kills Lead ISU Over Baylor, 3-1

Nicole Lorenzen had a season-high 19 kills and Amanda Craig chipped in 44 assists, 12 digs and seven kills as Iowa State defeated Baylor, 3-1 (31-29, 30-19, 21-30, 30-23), in Big 12 action in Waco, Texas on Wednesday night.

Iowa State out hit Baylor .211 to .165 en route to its second straight Big 12 win. It marks the first time that the Cyclones have won consecutive conference matches since the 1995 season.

 

The Cyclones (8-5, 2-1 Big 12) took an early 1-0 lead in the match after out hitting Baylor (9-3, 1-1), .233 to .216, in the first game.

 

After taking a 2-0 lead, the Cyclones saw Baylor charge back to go up 7-2. ISU chipped away at the lead and eventually went ahead at 27-26. The two teams battled back-and-forth with Iowa State scoring the final three points to pick up the 31-29 win.

 

Lorenzen and Katie Jessen led ISU in the first game with six and seven kills, respectively.

 

Game two saw ISU hit .250 in the game and Lorenzen post another six kills. The Iowa State defense held Baylor to a .047 hitting percentage.

 

The Cyclones controlled the second game after falling behind 6-4 early. Tied 13-13, Iowa State used a 17-6 run to win the second game, 30-19, and go ahead 2-0 in the match.

 

Baylor bounced back in the third game, claiming a 30-21 win behind a .300 hitting percentage.

 

Baylor took a 7-5 lead and scored 10 of the next 14 points to gain control of the game and make it 2-1 in favor of ISU.

 

The Cyclones controlled the fourth game, jumping out to a quick 7-1 lead. The Bears made it close, cutting the ISU lead to 11-10 before the Cyclones went on a 4-0 run to regain control. Iowa State would cruise from there, out scoring Baylor 19-13 to take a 30-23 fourth game win and claiming the match 3-1.

 

Jessen also had a double-double for the Cyclones, tallying 13 kills and 11 digs in the match. Katie Churm and Laura Cady anchored the Cyclone defense with 20 and 12 digs, respectively.

 

Nicole LeBlanc led Baylor with 21 kills while Emily Huston had 51 assists in the loss.

 

The Cyclones will travel to Lincoln, Neb. to face No. 1 Nebraska on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Baylor will face No. 24 Kansas on Saturday.


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