Servers come up big in sweep of Horned Frogs


Brian Achenbach/Iowa State Daily

Freshman Ciara Capezio serves the ball during Iowa State’s win over TCU in straight sets on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Hilton Coliseum.

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A crowd of 3,398 was on hand at Hilton Coliseum on Saturday to watch the Cyclones get behind a dominant serving performance en route to a 3-0 sweep against Texas Christian.

The Cyclones (12-6, 6-2 Big 12) had a season-high 13 aces in the match against the Horned Frogs (13-9, 2-6 Big 12). Kristen Hahn had a career-high four aces in the match against TCU while Tory Knuth, who led the Big 12 in aces already going into the match, Caitlin Nolan and Ciara Capezio had three each.

Hahn tied her career high of three aces right away in the first set alone and added one more in the third set.

“My goal this week was to try and have more points out of my serving rotation and just get more opportunities for my team,” Hahn said. “I’ve been really focusing on driving my serve and matching my teammates intensity on the serving line and them being such great servers, it’s really helpful and allows you to really go after the ball and know that you can be aggressive.”

Capezio said that serving was one of their primary goals in practice last week.

“It really came out in that game and it’s pretty awesome,” Capezio said.

ISU coach Christy Johnson-Lynch said she didn’t know why the serving was so good in that match specifically but reiterated that they worked on it a lot and that it continues to be an “elite” part of their game.

“You really need to do a couple of things well and you need to keep at it and keep practicing it and we had a pretty terrific serving night, I thought,” Johnson-Lynch said.

Hahn finished the match with 16 digs, which made for the 58th-straight match where she has had 10 or more digs. She struggled early, however, having just two digs in the first set. She turned the tables and added six more in the second set and eight more in the third set.

“I just felt like I wasn’t in the right positions in the first set,” Hahn said.

She said that one part of her turnaround was making sure she was “stopped on contact” in the second and third sets.

“I think that’s my big thing is making sure that when the hitters are hitting the ball I’m stopped and ready to be able to read the play,” Hahn said. “Our hitters got really good touches and our blockers got really good touches and being able to pick up their tips allowed us to run a better offense too.”