The Panthers controlled most of the match offensively and defensively, hitting .209 from the floor and collecting 83 digs. Northern Iowa committed just 27 hitting errors on 187 attacks. The Cyclones nearly matched Northern Iowa's kill total with 54 kills on the night and had 81 digs. But ISU hit just .139 from the floor.
ISU's Amanda Craig had 11 kills and seven digs, while junior Renae Pruess had 10 kills. Senior Sara Stribe had 16 digs, four kills and 47 assists to help the Cyclone cause on the afternoon. Stribe now has 2,550 assists, which places her third on ISU's all-time career list.
Iowa State was hitting on all cylinders in the first game and dominated with 17 kills to Northern Iowa's 13 and 14 digs to UNI's 11. But the major difference was hitting from the floor. Iowa State hit a stellar .409 and included kills from Pruess, Harms and Craig. The Cyclones won game one, 30-22
In game two, Northern Iowa came back strong and made some adjustments, both offensively and defensively. The Panthers held ISU to nine kills and a .220 hitting percentage, while pounding 19 kills, with 22 digs and hitting .300 from the floor to win game two, 30-22. UNI's Michelle Burvee pounded six kills in game two.
The third game was all Northern Iowa as the Panthers pounded 19 kills with only five errors and held Iowa State to a .020 hitting percentage from the floor and nine kills to win, 30-18.
Game four was a competitive effort for the Cyclones with Iowa State having 12 kills to the Panthers 15, but the Cyclones were held to .000 hitting from the floor, while UNI hit .106 and won the game, 30-25 and the match, 3-1.
Freshman Katie Kruenegel chimed in with five kills, six digs and five blocks, while freshman Ashlie McWee had four kills and two blocks for the Cyclones.
"I thought game one was one of the best games we've played" Head Coach Linda Crum said. "We hit well and seemed to take Northern Iowa out of its rhythm a little bit. But they (UNI) is a good team and good teams find ways to adjust. I am very proud of the way the kids competed. Overall, we competed and played tough."
Iowa State will take on yet another top-25 team when it travels to Austin, Texas, to take on No. 25 Texas on Saturday, Oct. 19. First serve will be at 7 p.m.