ISU Volleyball On The Road To Face No. 1 Nebraska

The Iowa State volleyball team will travel to Lincoln, Neb. to face No. 1 Nebraska on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Nebraska Coliseum. The match marks the return of first-year ISU head coach Christy Johnson to her alma mater, where she garnered All-American honors as a setter on the Cornhuskers 1995 National Championship team.

"The team is excited to be back playing in the Coliseum after playing in their basketball arena for the past couple years," said Johnson. "It's an amazing volleyball environment and we are excited to be a part of it. We want to give both the Iowa State fans and the Nebraska fans a great night of volleyball."

The match will put two of the top blocking teams in the Big 12 on the court as Nebraska ranks first as a team and Iowa State is the third best blocking team. Nebraska's Melissa Elmer is the top blocker in the conference, averaging 2.30 blocks, while ISU's Erin Boeve sits in second, averaging 1.76 blocks.

The Cyclones (8-5, 2-1 Big 12) enter the match riding the momentum of a two-match Big 12 winning streak. The Cyclones defeated then-No. 18 Texas and traveled to Baylor on Wednesday and picked up a 3-1 win over the Bears.

Nicole Lorenzen had a season-high 19 kills and Katie Jessen chipped in a double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs in the win over Baylor. Amanda Craig had another solid performance from the setter position, leading the Cyclone attack with 44 assists and adding 12 digs and seven kills.

Nebraska (10-0, 2-0) enters the match with the nation's No. 1 ranking and six wins over Top-25 teams.

Nebraska has a pair of 3-0 wins over Colorado and Texas A&M since entering Big 12 play. On Wednesday, freshman Jordan Larson had 14 kills to lead Nebraska, who put four players into double-figure kills against the Aggies.

Chris Houghtelling and Sarah Pavan lead the Huskers with 119 and 118 kills, respectively. Jennifer Saleaumua has 141 digs and Melissa Elmer has 76 blocks to lead the Nebraska defense.

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