Unranked Orange top Cyclones in Iowa State Challenge finale

Cory Weaver

The Cyclones may have been able to squeak out a win against Iowa Friday night but that wasn’t the case on Saturday. The unranked Syracuse Orange exchanged sets with the No. 18 Cyclones through four and came from behind to win the fifth set and take home their first ranked win of the season.

The Orange (5-4, 0-0 Big East) put the Hilton faithful on edge by winning the first set 21-25 but the Cyclones (5-4, 0-0 Big 12) bounced back and won the second with a kill from Mackenzie Bigbee.

The freshman from Williamsburg, Iowa, led Iowa State with 22 kills. Rachel Hockaday and Victoria Hurtt both pitched in 13 as well.

On the blocking end, Syracuse dominated the tilt, totaling 17 total blocks to Iowa State’s 9.5.

Syracuse took the third set and Iowa State answered back again by winning the fourth to send it to the final frame.

This time, it was Iowa State who jumped out to an early lead, winning the first four points before the Orange called timeout. Syracuse fought back and after tying the score at 14-14, won the final two points for the 16-14 victory.

Silvi Uattara led the Orange attack with 25 kills, including a service ace to go up 15-14, with Emily Betteridge contributing 52 assists in the upset.

After playing 17 sets of volleyball over the past week, the Cyclones don’t have another match until Nebraska comes to town on Saturday. That match is set for a 1 p.m. start at Hilton Coliseum.