Iowa State (14-14, 7-10 Big 12) overcame a sluggish start to
(6-20, 1-16 Big 12) in Hilton Coliseum Wednesday night
(30-26, 30-23, 30-23),
snapping a six-match losing streak in the process.
"It's nice to get back
on track," said Iowa State head coach Christy
Johnson. "We played good
Erin Boeve (11 kills) and Jessica Klein (10 kills) led
the Iowa State
offensive attack. Boeve registered six block assists and a
service aces as her onslaught on the ISU record book
continued. Laura Cady
(12), Nicole Lorenzen (12) and Katie Churm (11) all
digs. Amanda Craig dished out 31 assists for the
"We need to continue our defensive play over our
next few matches," Johnson
said. "I think we still have to improve
offensively and on our blocking."
Iowa State managed only a .192 hitting
percentage for the match, but was
helped by its defense holding Oklahoma to a
paltry .115 effort.
Oklahoma scored the first four points of the
night, and led 11-4 before the
Cyclones rallied to a 12-12 tie. The teams
played within one point until
Oklahoma opened a 24-22 advantage. At that
point, the Iowa State defense
kicked in. Erin Boeve and Nicole Lorenzen
combined for blocks on consecutive
points, then Boeve and Meghan Ferrie
teamed up to reject a Sooner attack,
turning the tide toward the Cyclones.
Ferrie added two more kills as ISU
claimed a 30-26 game one
With game two tied at 5-5, ISU went on a 9-3 run, forcing an
timeout. The Cyclones controlled the rest of the second stanza,
their lead to eight points before taking the 30-23 win. Iowa State
advantage of a .240 to .064 hitting margin to put the Sooners down two
A hard-fought third game followed. Neither team was
able to gain a
discernable advantage until a kill by Katie Jessen put Iowa
21-17. The Cyclones would run their lead to 26-18 before
Oklahoma, 30-23. Fittingly, the last point of the match was
recorded on a
block by Boeve and Ferrie.
In game three, 21 of Iowa
State's 30 points were created on the offensive
end of the floor, in addition
to two blocks. Jessen recorded six kills in
the deciding game, followed by
Iowa State travels to Texas Tech Saturday night to take on
the Red Raiders.
First serve is slated for 7 p.m.
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