ISU volleyball makes it three-straight at home with sweep of West Virginia


Photo: Grace Steenhagen/Iowa State Daily

Middle hitter Tory Knuth jumps to hit the ball, which the San Diego team is unable to keep in play at Hilton Coliseum on Friday, Sept. 6.

Dylan Montz

For the third-consecutive home match, Iowa State came out without surrendering as much as one set.

The ISU volleyball team defeated West Virginia in straight sets (25-19, 25-18,) Saturday, Oct. 12, at Hilton Coliseum. It was the third three-set win by the Cyclones (10-5, 4-1 Big 12) at home against a Big 12 opponent.

Iowa State got things going early in the first set, jumping out to a 4-1 lead. Middle blocker Tory Knuth started the ISU offense and defense with a kill and caused disruption on the next play for the Mountaineer attack.

The Mountaineers would draw within five points late in the set but couldn’t overcome the deficit. Knuth ended the first set with five kills and a .714 hitting percentage.

Iowa State jumped out to an even bigger lead, a 7-1 advantage, in the second set off a block by Ciara Capezio. West Virginia climbed back into the match and trailed just 15-13 after an ace by middle blocker Evyn McCoy, but Iowa State was able to rattle off five-straight points near the end of the set to take a 2-0 lead.

The Cyclones went on two runs to begin the third set and led 13-4 off a kill from Tenisha Matlock before West Virginia made a rally of its own and cut the ISU lead to 15-11. Iowa State closed out the match with a 10-7 point differential to take the win.

Capezio finished with nine kills for Iowa State with a .182 hitting percentage. Three other ISU hitters tallied eight kills.

Setter Jenelle Hudson tallied 11 assists per set in the win while libero Kristen Hahn managed 6.33 digs per set.