Jessen Powers ISU to 3-1 Win Over Kansas

Katie Jessen had 16 kills to lead Iowa State to a 3-1 (30-23, 30-27, 22-30, 30-25) win over Kansas on Wednesday night at the Horejsi Family Athletic Center.

"I thought that we served well and our middle blockers did a good job to slow the Kansas attack," said head coach Christy Johnson. "I think that was the key to our success tonight."


With the win, Iowa State improves to 13-8 overall and 6-4 in Big 12 play. Kansas falls to 12-7 overall and 4-6 in conference play.


Game one saw the Cyclones take a 19-12 lead before Kansas went on a 6-0 run. The Cyclones, who held the Jayhawks to a .056 hitting percentage, closed the game on an 11-5 run to capture the game, 30-23, and go up 1-0.


Katie Churm had six first game digs and Erin Boeve was one of three Cyclones to record four kills.


After falling behind 22-17, a timeout by head coach Christy Johnson propelled the Cyclones to a 6-1 run to tie the second game at 23-23. Iowa State controlled the rest of the game and took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 30-27 win. Katie Jessen pounded six kills to lead ISU in game two.


Kansas took an 8-5 lead early in the third game and hit .237 to force a game four with a decisive 30-22 win. Amanda Craig dug seven balls in the third game for ISU.


The Jayhawks grabbed an early 6-4 lead in the fourth game but ISU was able to rally and score the next three points. The Cyclones would never look back as they hit .273 en route to a 30-25 win.


Katie Churm had 14 digs in the win and Amanda Craig picked up her eighth double-double of the season with 50 assists and 11 digs. Erin Boeve, Jessica Klein and Nicole Lorenzen each had 12 kills in the win.


Josi Lima and Paula Caten led Kansas with 16 and 13 kills, respectively.


The Cyclones will host Missouri on Saturday at Hilton Coliseum. First serve is set for 7:30 p.m.


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