Iowa State used 10 kills from Erin Boeve to defeat Kansas, 3-0 (30-27, 30-14, 30-27), and clinch their first winning season in 10 years on senior day at Hilton Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.
Iowa State used 10 kills from Erin Boeve to
defeat Kansas, 3-0 (30-27, 30-14, 30-27), and clinch their first winning season
in 10 years on senior day at Hilton Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.
IowaState honored its four seniors in a
pre-match ceremony and improved to 16-15 overall and 9-11 in Big 12 play.
Kansas falls to 15-14 overall and
7-13 in conference action.
"I thought it was a sloppy match but much of that can be attributed to
nerves," said ISU head coach Christy Johnson. "Everyone was out of sync and a
lot of that had to do with Kansas
playing without its setter. I am very happy to get this win"
Katie Churm had 12 digs to become the 10th player in
IowaState history to go over 1,000 digs
in a career. Churm has 1,004 and ranks ninth all-time at the school.
Katie Jessen had nine kills for ISU in the win while Amanda Craig
recorded 36 assists. Laura Cady also reached double-figures for the Cyclones
with 10 digs to go along with a career-high four service aces. The Cyclones had
eight aces in the match.
The Jayhawks were paced by nine kills from Paula Caten, who also had a
team-high nine digs in the loss.
The Cyclones got off to a slow start in game one, falling behind
Kansas 14-9 before going on a 10-0
run. Katie Churm served the Cyclones to nine straight points in the run, which
included two service aces by the junior libero.
ISU would win the first game 30-27 with Meghan Ferrie leading the way
with three first game kills.
The Cyclones had a better start in the second game, going ahead 11-7
before they went on a 7-0 run, again behind the serve of Churm.
IowaState would cruise to a 30-14 win and
go ahead 2-0 in the match.
IowaState fell behind 12-9 in game three
but rallied back to go ahead 13-12. The teams battled back-and-forth before a
kill from Katie Kruenegel knotted the game up at 24. The Cyclones scored the
next three points and hung on for a 30-27 win.
IowaState will wait and see if they are
included in the NCAA tournament. The field of 64 will be announced Sunday on
"It is very exciting to even think that making the
tournament is a possibility," said Johnson.