VOLLEYBALL: Cyclones take one set, but fall to Nebraska

Matt Gubbels

LINCOLN, NEB. – The ISU volleyball team took its first set against second-ranked Nebraska on Saturday in Lincoln, since ISU coach Christy Johnson was a player at Nebraska in 1994, but the Huskers were still able to pull away to a 3-1 (25-17, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19) win.

The Cyclones got 15 kills from Victoria Henson, marking the tenth straight match that she has had double-digit kills. Freshman Rachel Hockaday was also in double figures with 10 kills. Setter Kaylee Manns had a double-double with 38 assists and 10 digs and Ashley Mass had a match-high 19 digs.

The Huskers outhit Iowa State .259 to .156 with a stout defense that outblocked the Cyclones 12-8 and out-dug the team 57-54.

The Huskers took the first four points of the match, but Iowa State fought back to 10-8 on a Hockaday kill. Nebraska slowly stretched its lead from that point, however, and took the opener by a score of 25-17.

The Cyclones took a 4-0 lead of their own in set two, partially thanks to two Diane Kieger and Kelsey Petersen blocks. Nebraska tied it at 13 but Iowa State went on a 5-1 run and never looked back from that point.

Nebraska took advantage of four Iowa State service errors in hotly contested set three to win 25-20. Nebraska once again took the first four points of set four, and, after the Cyclones closed within 21-18, the Huskers won four of the last five points to close it out.

Iowa State goes on the road again on Wednesday, when they play Texas Tech.