ISU Aims to Keep NCAA Hopes Alive

The Iowa State volleyball team will try to start another winning streak while looking to keep its NCAA tournament hopes alive when it faces Texas Tech on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Lubbock, Texas.

The Iowa State volleyball team will try to start another winning streak while looking to keep its NCAA tournament hopes alive when it faces Texas Tech on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Lubbock, Texas.

The Cyclones, who defeated Oklahoma on Wednesday to snap a six-match losing streak, enter the match with a record of 14-14 overall and 7-10 in Big 12 play. Texas Tech is 11-17 overall and 4-13 in conference action.

ISU hit just .192 in the win over Oklahoma but its defense again picked up the pieces, holding the Sooners to a .115 hitting percentage and blocking 10 balls. Erin Boeve again led the way on the block, picking up a team-high six block assists. Boeve has been the Cyclones' block leader in 19 of 28 matches this season.

Big 12 leader Katie Churm was held to just 11 digs but Laura Cady and Nicole Lorenzen dug 12 balls each in the win, ISU's first since Oct. 19 against Kansas.

Earlier this season, ISU hit a season-high .461 as a team, notching 43 kills with only eight errors on 76 attempts, to sweep Texas Tech at Hilton Coliseum. Defensively, the Cyclones were equally impressive, holding the Red Raiders to a -.053 hitting percentage and picking up 14 team blocks.

Boeve had 10 kills and 10 block assists in the win. The sophomore's 10 kills came on 14 attempts and included only two errors, giving her a career-high .571 hitting percentage.

Tech's Philister Sang, who is averaging 4.43 kills and ranks third in the Big 12, had a team-high nine kills for the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech has lost seven straight after picking up a 3-2 win over Texas A&M on Oct. 22. The Red Raiders' opponents hit a league-high .242 despite a defense that boasts libero Desiree Batista, who ranks sixth in the conference in digs per game, averaging 3.81.

The Red Raiders hold a 19-3 edge in the all-time series but the Cyclones hope to sweep a season-series against them for the first time in school history.


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