ISU Volleyball opens with victory

The Iowa State volleyball team opened its 2002 season in winning fashio Friday night.

AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State Volleyball team opened the 2001 season with a 4-1 victory against Wisconsin-Green Bay, Friday night in Hilton Coliseum.

Senior Mandi Harms led the Cyclone charge, finishing with a team-high 13 kills. Sophomore Christine Smeele also played a major role in helping ISU open the season 1-0 as she collected 12 kills and 15 digs in this season's first match. Kaelyn Zaporski led UWGB with 18 digs and nine kills. Friday night's contest was also the season opener for UWGB, who falls to 0-1.

In game one Iowa State got off to a fast start as they took an early lead. Sophomores Smeele and Brittany Dalager did most of the damage, finishing the opening set with four kills and five digs and three kills. Harms also had four kills and five digs to help lead the Cyclones. ISU pulled away later in the game and took game one, 30-20.

In set two, ISU got off to a slow start and never did recover, losing 30-18 to take a 1-1 tie to the lockerroom.  UWGB hit .241 from the field compared to ISU's -.147. Sets three and four were all Iowa State as the Cyclones won the third set, 30-23, before going on to win an overtime thriller in set four, 33-31. ISU had 19 kills on 64 attempts in game four to clinch the match, 4-1.

The Cyclones will take the floor for their second match of the Iowa State Heritage Classic, Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. against. UMKC. Wisconsin-Green Bay will face off with Morgan State at 1 p.m.

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