Suzanne Horner, Alexis Conaway lead ISU volleyball’s strong performance

Max Dible

The ISU volleyball team remains perfect through two matches in the Iowa State Challenge as the Cyclones captured their second consecutive straight-set win Sept. 5 against Tennessee.

Iowa State jumped on the competition, taking the first set 25-14 on the strength of five block assists from freshman Alexis Conaway and five kills from sophomore Ciara Capezio.

Tennessee came out in set two with a more ferocious attack, jumping on Iowa State early and taking an 8-3 lead early in the set.

Early in the second, Iowa State’s play was plagued by attack errors, its one weak spot in the game. The Cyclones committed 13 of them as a team throughout the game, many coming early in set number two.

Iowa State regrouped, however, as sophomore Suzanne Horner controlled the middle and led the defense, finishing the second set with 21 assists and 7 digs to that point in the game.

The third set was competitive early as well, but Iowa State pulled away to win it by a score of 25-16.

The Cyclones gave a solid effort all around defensively with nine total team blocks as well as nine digs from both freshman Monique Harris and junior Caitlin Nolan. Horner finished the night with eight digs of her own to compliment 28 assists.

Iowa State will play its third and final match of the Iowa State Challenge at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 6 against Northern Illinois, which is also 2-0 two days into the tournament.