Cyclones pick up key road win

Matt Gubbels

After the first set Saturday against Baylor, it looked like the ISU volleyball team might struggle on the road again.

The Cyclones (11-7, 3-4 Big 12), however, bounced back with a vengeance in the second set and carried that momentum to a 3-1 (19-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-19) win over the Bears (12-5, 4-3).

Iowa State was led by big performances from their leading hitters, Victoria Henson and Jen Malcom. Henson had 18 kills, along with two solo blocks, and Malcom had 14 kills and hit .500 to go along with three solo blocks. Rachel Hockaday and Kelsey Petersen both had eight as well and Diane Kieger had seven.

Kaylee Manns had a double-double with 47 assists and 12 digs and Ashley Mass led the team with 19 digs.

Those five solo blocks led to a 10-8 advantage in blocks and that, along with a 66-61 lead in digs, allowed the Cyclones to outhit Baylor .217 to .174. Baylor did have eight service aces to Iowa State’s four, however.

The Cyclone offense got out of the gate slow and Baylor took an 8-2 lead in set one. Iowa State clawed their way back to within three at a couple of points, including 22-19, but a hitting error as well as two Baylor service aces from Katie Sanders gave the Bears the opener.

Leading set two 10-9, Iowa State went on a 8-2 run to stretch the lead out to 18-11. The set eventually went to 24-15, but the Cyclones would have to fight off a 6-0 Baylor run with a Malcom kill.

Iowa State led set three 16-11, but Baylor once again put together a big run, with this one being 9-1 to make it 20-17 Bears. Malcom took over, although, with three kills, including the clincher in an 8-2 jaunt to finish it.

The Cyclones put the game virtually on ice with a 9-1 run in set four to make it 20-12, after the set was tied at 11. The Bears cut it to four but kills by Petersen and Malcom gave Iowa State its second road victory of the season.

Iowa State returns to action Wednesday at home against Texas Tech at 6:30 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum.