Cyclones Fall to No. 20 Kansas State, 3-0

Iowa State (11-7, 4-3 Big 12) was out-blocked, 10.5 to 4, for just the fifth time this season and fell to No. 20 Kansas State (14-3, 5-2 Big 12), 3-0 (27-30, 19-30, 23-30), in college volleyball action at the Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan. on Saturday afternoon. The loss snapped the Cyclones three match winning streak.

K-State took the first game, 30-27, despite being out-hit by the Cyclones, .341 to .318.

 

The Wildcats jumped out to a 15-8 lead before the Cyclones came storming back, scoring the next six points behind the serve of Laura Cady, to cut the deficit to one at 15-14. That would be all the closer ISU would get as Kansas State rattled off a series of small runs to take the first game.

 

K-State's Megan Farr and ISU's Nicole Lorenzen had five kills each in the first game.

 

The Cyclones jumped out to an 8-5 lead in the second game but were unable to fend off the home team. After tying the game at 8-8 on a service ace by Agata Rezende, K-State scored the next four points, three of which were off of kills by Jenny Jantsch, to go ahead 12-8 and gain control of the game and eventually win it, 30-19.

 

Jantsch led the Wildcats, who hit .382 as a team, with five kills in the second game. ISU was led by Erin Boeve, who chipped in three kills on five second game attacks.

 

The Wildcats came out strong in the third games with a sweep in their sight as they took a 5-0 lead. ISU would battle back to tie it at 19 but the Wildcats scored 11 of the final 15 points en route to a 30-23 win in the deciding game.

 

Katie Churm had 16 digs to pace the Cyclones' defense while Boeve and Lorenzen had 11 kills each. The four team blocks was a season-low for Iowa State.

 

Kansas State got a career-high 12 kills from Megan Farr and 11 kills from Agata Rezenda in the win. Sandy Werner also tallied double-figure kills for the Wildcats with 10.

 

Iowa State will host Texas A&M on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum while Kansas State will travel to Baylor.


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