Cyclones shake off slow start to sweep Lipscomb 3-0


Jillian Alt/Iowa State Daily

The Iowa State Volleyball team cheers and congratulates each other after tying up the score with Oregon State on Aug. 25.

Sam Stuve

Iowa State swept the Lipscomb Bisons in its first game of the Cy-Hawk Series Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa, but the Cyclones struggled in the early going.

The Cyclones trailed for the majority of the first set until they took a 22-21 lead after a block by freshman outside hitter Annie Hatch and sophomore middle blocker Avery Rhodes.

A pair of aces by senior outside hitter Josie Herbst and another block by Hatch and Rhodes led Iowa State to win the first set 25-21.

In the second set, Iowa State stormed out to a 7-0 lead thanks to kills by right-side player Eleanor Holthaus and Rhodes, a block by Holthaus, as well as an ace by junior setter Piper Mauck and a pair of attacking error by Lipscomb.

From there on out it was all Iowa State as the Cyclones coasted a 25-13 victory in set two. The Cyclones had a hitting percentage of .321 and their defense held the Bison’s to a poor hitting percentage, -.059 in the second set.

After falling behind 6-4 in the third set, the Cyclones took an 8-7 lead and never looked back as they went on to win the third set 25-18 and the match 3-0.

Hatch had the best night hitting for the Cyclones with eight kills on 19 attacks and a hitting percentage of .317.

Herbst hit well, getting seven kills and posting a .368 hitting percentage.

The Cyclones outhit the Bisons .275 to .047 in the match.

Iowa State won its fifth match win in a row and improved to 7-3 this year, while Lipscomb falls to 3-6.

For its second match of the Cy-Hawk Series Invitational, the Cyclones will face the undefeated Coastal Carolina Chanticleers on Friday at 11 a.m.