No. 17 Cyclone volleyball team remains undefeated after weekend sweep

Dean Berhow-Goll

Iowa State remained undefeated after a trip to Fargo, N.D., having played and won two matches against North Dakota State, one on Friday (25-20, 25-14, 25-21) and one on Saturday (26-28, 26-24, 18-25, 25-17, 15-12). 

This is a school-best start for No. 17 ISU volleyball now that the team is 9-0, surpassing the mark of the 1997 team that made it to 8-0. Saturday’s win marks the third time Iowa State has won in a five-set match. 

In Friday’s match, five Cyclones hit above a .400 clip, including sophomore libero Kristen Hahn who recorded the first kill of her career on match point. 

Senior Carly Jenson led the Cyclones with 13 kills, seven digs, two aces and a block assist on the day. Freshman Hannah Willms also had a solid performance with seven kills, nine digs and an ace. 

On Saturday it wasn’t quite as easy for the Cyclones. The Bison took Iowa State all the way to five sets before falling to the prevailing Cyclones. 

Jaime Straube led Iowa State with 19 kills, three digs, three block assists and one solo block in the five-set match. Hahn also added her second 30-plus dig game of the year, recording a career-best 35 digs. 

Jenson continued her strong play by adding 17 kills, 20 digs and a block assist. This was Jenson’s fourth double-double of the season. 

The Bison had a combined team effort with four players with double-digit kills. Brynn Joki and Chrissy Knuth each had a double-double; Joki had 15 kills and 17 digs, and Knuth finished with 16 kills and 18 digs. 

Iowa State will travel to Cedar Falls this Tuesday and try to keep its undefeated streak alive as it will take on in-state rival No. 14 Northern Iowa. The match will start at 7 p.m. at the McLeod Center.