Mizzou Drops Cyclones in Three

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Iowa State volleyball team fell in three games against No. 21 Missouri, Wednesday night at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo. Junior Renae Pruess paced the Cyclones with nine kills and two digs on the night. The loss moves ISU's overall record to 9-7 and to 0-5 in Big 12 action. With the win, Missouri improved to 14-1 on the year and to 4-0 in league play.

The Tigers dominated the match offensively and defensively, hitting .298 from the floor and collecting 60 digs. Missouri committed 18 hitting errors on 121 attacks. The Cyclones were limited to 30 kills and a .132 hitting percentage.

ISU's Mandi Harms had a solid night with seven kills and 14 digs and freshman Amanda Craig had seven kills, and seven digs to help the Cyclone cause on the night. Craig now has 102 kills on the season. Junior Dana Koziol had six digs on the night.

"I thought Mandi did a really nice job in the middle and the left side," Head Coach Linda Crum said. "And Dana, Renae and Ashlie all had some positive things happen on the court for us. I was encouraged by their play." Missouri was solid in game one as it hit .250 from the floor while collecting 14 kills and just six hitting errors. ISU tallied 26 attacks, but was able to register just five kills in a 30-17 opening game loss.

The Cyclones were tougher offensively in game two, registering 17 kills and hitting .255 from the floor, but the Tigers had 20 kills and won game two, 30-26.

In game three, Iowa State registered just eight kills on 37 attacks, but Missouri had 20 kills on 38 attempts to claim game three, 30-19, and the match, 3-0

"I thought we showed some real positive signs of playing competitive," Crum said. "We kept competing tonight and that's a plus for us. Now we've just got to take that next step from playing competitive to winning."

Iowa State returns home to play host to Baylor on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Hilton Coliseum. First serve will be at 7 p.m.


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