"The Wisconsin Tournament was good for us in a lot of ways," said head coach Christy Johson. "We had dinner Friday night with the Madison chapter of Iowa State alumni that we all really enjoyed. It was great to connect with them. The play on Saturday was a pretty high level and was very beneficial for us to play three very good teams and evaluate what we need to work on."
Iowa State fell 2-1 (27-41, 38-30, 32-27) to Wisconsin before downing Marquette 2-1 (41-22, 30-32, 32-30).
Against Wisconsin, Erin Boeve and Jessica Klein played well in the middle, recording 15 and 14 kills, respectively. Klein led the way defensively with a solo block and six block assists while Boeve added a solo block and five block assists. As a team, ISU hit .268 against the Badgers, who finished last season 26-7 and ranked No. 10 in the country.
Boeve again paced the Cyclone offense with a 17-kill effort in Iowa State's impressive 2-1 win over Marquette. The junior hit .406 with just two errors in 32 attempts.
Iowa State then disposed of intrastate rival Northern Iowa, 3-0 (40-22, 34-28, 43-19) before dropping the final game of the day to Wisconsin, 40-38.
The Cyclones, who defeated Northern Iowa for the first time since 1992 last season, hit .343 and were led by senior Nicole Lorenzen, who hit .406 en route to 16 kills. Boeve (12 kills), Katie Jessen (11 kills) and Jessica Klein (10 kills) joined Lorenzen with double-digit kills.
Boeve had 44 kills and 10 blocks on the day while Klein and Lorenzen posted 31 kills. Churm, who led the Big 12 with 4.35 digs per game, had 51 digs with Cady chipping in defensively with 26 digs.
The Cyclones hit .291 and were equally impressive on the defensive side of the net, recording 39 total blocks.
"I am excited about the progress we've made offensively this spring," said Johnson. "We hit .291 as a team which means Alyssa Gintant is doing a good job getting our hitters solid swings and overall we didn't have many errors."
The Cyclones will continue spring action next weekend in Chicago, Ill. with possible matches against NCAA tournament teams Dayton, Minnesota, Purdue and Valparaiso.
Iowa State Results Wisconsin 41 30 32 Iowa State 27 38 27
Marquette 22 32 30 Iowa State 41 30 32
Northern Iowa 22 28 19 Iowa State 40 34 43
Wisconsin 40 Iowa State 38
Team Records Iowa State 6-4 Wisconsin 6-4 Northern Iowa 5-4 Marquette 2-7
All games were 25 minutes, running clock.