ISU volleyball returns home, sweeps Sooners 3-0

Cory Weaver

For the second consecutive match, Iowa State went into the intermission up 2-0 against its opponent. This time, the Cyclones (11-7, 5-3 Big 12) found a way to close out their match against Oklahoma by a score of 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-14) at Hilton Coliseum.

Victoria Hurtt led the Cyclones on offense with 13 kills, while teammates Mackenzie Bigbee and Rachel Hockaday also got in on the action with 10 and 12 respectively.

Overall, Iowa State finished with 54 kills as a team, outdueling the Sooners (16-7, 5-3), who had 26 in the department. One area the Cyclones did have issues with was their serving game. The team combined for 10 service errors compared to Oklahoma’s five.

The win comes after Iowa State took a 2-0 lead against Texas on Wednesday but deflated after the break. The Cyclones managed to lose the final three consecutive sets to No. 8 Texas to lose the match in what would have been their first win in Austin in program history.

Next up, Iowa State gets its chance at revenge as the Jayhawks come to Hilton Coliseum. Kansas topped Iowa State earlier this season in Lawrence, Kan. and first set is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.


“Everybody contributed and it was against a really good team so we knew how important this match was, and I was a little concerned we might be tense and be a little up tight going into this. I wasn’t quite sure how we would handle it.” – Coach Christy Johnson-Lynch on the all-around victory.

“When we get back there [in the locker room], we’re like ‘Remember that feeling that we had at Texas.’ We were up two and they came back and any team in the Big 12 can do it and just refocus their mind and come back a different team that third set so we wanted to make sure that we maintained and kept the pressure on them the whole time.” – Rachel Hockaday on the added urgency in the third set.

“They’ve been doing well in the Big 12, I don’t know if all the girls knew that going into it, but I know they beat [Kansas State so they’ve beaten some really good teams so that’s good to get some momentum here also going into next week, second half of the Big 12.” – Alison Landwehr on Oklahoma.