Cyclones lose lead, fall 3-2 to Longhorns

Cory Weaver

The No. 22 Cyclones had everything going for them. But a 2-0 lead going into the intermission and an offense that was effectively hitting against Texas’ elusive block were not enough for Iowa State.

Coming into the match, Iowa State (10-7, 4-3 Big 12) had never won in Austin, Texas. By winning the first two sets 28-26 and 25-18, the victory was well within their grasps, but the Longhorns wouldn’t go down that easy.

Texas (16-3, 7-0) came into the match riding a 37-match conference-winning streak and showed why they haven’t lost a Big 12 bout in over a year. The Longhorns answered back with a pair of wins in sets three and four.

Then came the fifth set. The score was neck and neck until Texas began to pull away midway through the frame and the Longhorns didn’t slow down.

Texas went on to win the fifth set by a score of 15-9, extending its consecutive conference wins mark to 38.

Victoria Hurtt led the Cyclones with 22 kills on the night with Jamie Straube contributing 13 as well.

Next up, the Cyclones welcome Oklahoma to Hilton Coliseum in Ames on Saturday. Match time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.