Iowa State Cruises Past Colorado, 3-0

Erin Boeve and Katie Jessen had 10 kills each and Iowa State (9-6, 3-2 Big 12) had 13 blocks en route to a 3-0 (30-26, 30-28, 30-21) sweep of Colorado on Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum.

With the victory, ISU has already surpassed its win total from a year ago, when they went 8-21.


"I thought that we did a great job of executing our game plan," said head coach Christy Johnson. "The team did a good job of sticking with what we wanted them to and it helped us to get the win."


Colorado (5-5, 1-4) came out firing, grabbing a 6-1 lead out of the gate behind a series of Iowa State attack errors. The Buffaloes extended their lead to 11-3 before an ISU timeout shifted the momentum in favor of the Cyclones. The Cyclones went on an 11-3 run of their own to knot it at 14 on a kill by Meghan Ferrie.


Iowa State never looked back on its way to a 30-26 win in the first game. The Cyclones out hit Colorado, .128 to .091, and Katie Churm had 10 digs to lead ISU in the game.


The second game was a much tighter contest the score was tied 10 times in the game.


Iowa State went ahead 10-4 but the Buffs were able to rally and eventually tied it up at 13-13. The game went back-and-forth before the Cyclones took the lead for good at 21-20 on a kill by Jessen.


Colorado out hit Iowa State, .333 to .205, but the Cyclones took advantage of five second game blocks to take a 2-0 lead with a 30-28 second game win.


The Cyclones cruised in the third game, taking the lead at 5-4 and never looking back on their way to a 30-21 win to clinch the match.


Nicole Lorenzen hit a season-high .292 and had nine kills and 10 digs for the Cyclones in the contest.


"I thought we had a lot of players that played good," said Johnson. "But Nicole Lorenzen played really well, probably the best I have seen her play. She did a really good job passing the ball."


Jessica Klein hit .412 and had eight kills for the Cyclones. Boeve, who ranks fifth in the nation in blocks per game, had another stellar performance at the net with nine block assists in addition to her 10 kills.  Churm finished with 16 digs and Amanda Craig led the Cyclone attack with 38 assists.


The Buffaloes were led by Amber Sutherland and Allie Griffin, who had 10 and 11 kills, respectively. Ashley Nu'u had 35 assists and 11 digs in the match.


Iowa State will face North Dakota State on Saturday in a non-conference matchup at Hilton Coliseum at 7 p.m. while Colorado hosts Kansas in a Big 12 match at 7 p.m. on Saturday.


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