Iowa State to Host Oklahoma Tonight

The Iowa State volleyball team will host Oklahoma on Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum with hopes of ending a season-long six-match losing streak. First serve between the Cyclones and Sooners is set for 7 p.m.

The Iowa State volleyball team will host Oklahoma on Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum with hopes of ending a season-long six-match losing streak. First serve between the Cyclones and Sooners is set for 7 p.m.

The Cyclones enter the match with a record of 13-14 overall and 6-10 in Big 12 play. Oklahoma is 6-19 overall and 1-15 in conference play.

The Cyclones used 18 kills from Katie Jessen and 16 kills and six digs from Nicole Lorenzen to down Oklahoma, 3-1 (30-24, 31-29, 28-30, 30-28), in Norman, Okla. in the first meeting this season between the two teams.

Jessen, who is averaging a team-high 3.25 kills, is just 114 kills shy of entering Iowa State's top-10 all-time. The junior from Kansas City, Mo. has 734 career kills and is the Cyclones' active leader.

Leading the Cyclones defensively are Erin Boeve and Katie Churm. Boeve needs to notch just 23 block assists to enter the career top-10 while Churm is bidding to become the first Cyclone to finish the season as the Big 12 leader in any statistical category. Churm, who is averaging a league-high 4.39 digs per game, will attempt to fend off Holly Clay of Texas A&M. Clay's 4.18 digs per game ranks second in the league.

Junior transfer Eliane Santos paces the Oklahoma attack, averaging 3.90 kills per game. Santos, who ripped off 21 kills in her first meeting against ISU, also ranks fourth in the Big 12 in blocks per game, averaging 1.51. The Sooners also have Sarah Weiland, the Big 12 leader in service aces. Weiland is averaging 0.44 service aces per game, just ahead of Kansas' Emily Brown.

Oklahoma leads the all-time series, 36-19, but ISU has won four of the last five meetings.


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