ISU volleyball looks toward Baylor, leaves Texas Tech behind

Clint Cole

A previous 3-0 victory was the result of the last meeting between the Iowa State and Baylor volleyball teams, but Iowa State will likely have the more recent memory of a five-set match against conference cellar dwellers Texas Tech as they travel to Waco, Texas, for a Big 12 match against Baylor.

The Cyclones (13-6, 7-2 Big 12) will play the Bears (11-14, 3-6 Big 12) after having swept them in their previous meeting at Hilton Coliseum back on Sept. 4 in the Big 12 opener.

With the previous sweep in mind, senior Tenisha Matlock said they won’t be able to take anything for granted after coming off of a narrow win against Texas Tech at home on Wednesday.

“Even if we know in our minds that we have the capability to win against every opponent not to just take it lightly,” Matlock said.

The second half of the Big 12 slate is underway and senior Kristen Hahn emphasized that Baylor and other teams in the conference are going to look different than they did the first time they played each other.

“Every team’s going to face us with their best game and with a new team too,” Hahn said. “Just expecting them to come and give us a game every time.”

ISU coach Christy Johnson-Lynch said that the best thing they can do while getting ready for their match with Baylor on Saturday is to forget about the match against Texas Tech on Wednesday.

“I think the best thing we can do is forget about it and get ready for the next match and just say it was a hiccup,” Johnson-Lynch said. “Big deal. Let’s move on.”

Johnson-Lynch said that her players looked “gassed” during the match against Texas Tech and that that will change how they practice leading into Saturday’s match against the Bears.

“We’ve really been working a lot with our outside hitters and right side hitters about hitting that ball that comes from the middle of the court, and when you do that over and over and over, it wears on your body and your jump, and it’s probably the hardest thing on your body to do is to go and get a bad set and hit it aggressively,” Johnson-Lynch said. “Maybe we’ve been doing that too much, maybe we need to back off of that a little bit and just back off our jumps in general.”

Iowa State takes on Baylor at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, at 7 p.m. on Saturday.