Cyclone VB Falls to Sooners in Five

AMES, Iowa - Mandi Harms had a career-high 21 kills, along with 13 digs and Brittany Dalager had a career-high 28 digs and 17 kills, but it wasn't enough as Iowa State dropped a hard-fought match to Oklahoma in five games (3-2) Wednesday night in Hilton Coliseum.

It was Iowa State's first five-game match since the Cyclones lost to Drake in five on Oct. 16, 2000. It was also ISU's first five-game match in conference play since the Cyclones lost to Kansas in five on Nov. 24, 1999.

The match was the fifth double-figure kill total match for Harms and it was Dalager's 16th-career double-double.

The loss moves the Cyclones overall recorded to 10-16 and 1-13 in league play. Oklahoma's Candice Woods pounded 16 kills on the night to help the Sooners improve to 5-17 overall and to 3-11 in Big 12 action.

The match was played pretty evenly with the Sooners hitting .179 from the floor and collecting 89 digs. Oklahoma committed 29 hitting errors on 190 attacks. The Cyclones were the kill leaders with 64 kills to OU's 63, but fell short on the digging end, 89-86 and a .124 hitting percentage. One of the bright spots of the evening was the play of Harms and Dalager, both of whom had career nights and freshman Katie Kruenegel, who had nine kills and three blocks for the Cyclones.

ISU's Renae Pruess had eight kills and five digs on the night and Iowa State also got 14 digs from Christine Smeele and Dana Koziol. Senior Sara Stribe collected 52 assists and now has 2,736 assists, which places her third on ISU's all-time career list.

Iowa State came out with the offensive power in game one, hitting .275 from the floor, while collecting 20 kills and only six errors on 51 attempts. Oklahoma was limited to 10 kills and had eight errors on 45 attempts, while hitting just .044 from the floor. Harms had eight kills and Dalager added five. Iowa State won game one, 30-24.

"I thought we played very well in game one," Head Coach Linda Crum said. "Mandi (Harms) did well in terms of offense and our passing was pretty decent."

Oklahoma rebounded in game two and held ISU to .087 hitting from the floor while hitting .286 itself. The Sooners pounded 19 kills to ISU's 13 and had seven errors to the Cyclones' nine. Iowa State also lost on the digging end, 19-14, and lost game two, 30-25. Harms added three kills and Ashlie McWee had four.

Game three was all Oklahoma as Iowa State couldn't seem to find its rhythm coming out of the lockerroom. The Sooners hit .333 from the floor and held ISU to only six kills and -.130 hitting from the floor. OU also outdug the Cyclones, 28-14. Oklahoma took game three, 3-13.

Iowa State battled back in game four and hit a sizzling .227 from the floor, while holding Oklahoma to .060 hitting percentage. ISU pounded 17 kills to OU's 12 and outdug the Sooners, 28-18, to win game four, 30-24, to force a decisive game five.

Despite having eight kills to Oklahoma's six, the Sooners hit .294 to Iowa State's .182 and won game five, 15-12, and the match, 3-2.

"Game three was very surprising in how poorly we came out and played" Crum said. "I really thought we'd do a lot better. But I was very proud of the kids for the way they came back in game four. They kept competing and they played very well in game four. We really felt like Oklahoma was a team that we could not only be competitive with, but we could beat them. It's disappointing for all of us. But there are some good things to build on."

Iowa State will travel to Boulder, Colo., to take on Colorado on Saturday, Nov. 9. First serve will be at 8 p.m., CST. Iowa State lost to Colorado, 3-1, earlier in the season.


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