Volleyball team makes comeback but drops five-setter against Panthers

Matt Gubbels

The ISU volleyball team split the second of its two matches Friday, dropping a five-setter to the host University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers at the Panther Invitational.

The Cyclones fell behind two games to none before fighting backing to force a fifth set (25-21, 25-22, 21-25, 23-25, 15-11), but could not sustain the momentum. Setter Kaylee Manns saw her second straight double-double of the day with 45 assists and 22 digs, and libero Ashley Mass had a second-straight 20-dig match with 27 in the nightcap.

UW-Milwaukee dominated game one, but was behind 14-7 in game two. They roared back with a 9-2 run and carried that to another win.

Iowa State trailed 17-15 in game three but Henson and right side hitter Rachel Hockaday carried the Cyclones to a comeback win. Iowa State started game four on a 7-1 run but had to fight off a tough rally by the Panthers.

Outside hitter Victoria Henson led Iowa State with 19 kills, and middle blocker Jen Malcom tacked on 13 kills. Malcom, however, was the only Cyclone to hit over .300, as Iowa State hit only .133, while UW-Milwaukee hit .153.

Iowa State’s block led the comeback, outblocking the Panthers 16 to nine.