Cyclones Spike Texas Tech

The Iowa State volleyball team used a season-high .461 hitting percentage to sweep Texas Tech, 3-0 (30-13, 30-19, 30-17), and capture its third straight win in Big 12 action at Hilton Coliseum on Tuesday night.

The Cyclones held Texas Tech to a -.053 hitting percentage and out-blocked the Red Raiders, 14-1, on their way to tying the school record for Big 12 wins in a season. ISU improves to 11-6 overall and 4-2 in Big 12 play while Texas Tech drops to 8-7 overall and 2-4 in conference play.


"Amanda Craig had a really good match for us and that shows in the high hitting percentage we had [Tuesday night]," said head coach Christy Johnson. "She made some good decisions and really gave her teammates some good balls to hit."


The Cyclones came out fired up and scored the first nine points of the match, eight of which came behind the serve of Laura Cady, en route to a 30-13 first game win. Erin Boeve and Nicole Lorenzen had four kills apiece and ISU hit .526 in the first game.


The Cyclones trailed 4-3 to start game two but used an 11-3 run to go ahead 14-7 and force a Texas Tech timeout. The timeout did not affect the Cyclones as they again topped the .400 plateau with a .417 hitting percentage and won the game 30-19.


ISU used another big run to open the third game, scoring the first eight points and completing the sweep with a 30-17 game three win.


Katie Jessen dominated the third game with six kills and no errors in nine attempts.


Craig had 37 assists and Boeve added 10 kills and 10 block assists to lead the Cyclones. Jessen finished with nine kills and Lorenzen chipped in seven in the win. Katie Churm again had a good defensive match for Iowa State with 14 digs.


Philister Sang had nine kills in the match to lead Texas Tech .


Iowa State will travel to Kansas State for a Big 12 match on Saturday at 4 p.m.


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