Cyclones stay hot in sweep of Kansas

Matt Gubbels

The ISU volleyball team’s current hot streak has reached historic heights.

The Cyclones, with their victory over the Kansas Jayhawks on Wednesday, have now won 10 of its 11 games after starting the season 1-4, which is the best 11-game run in the history of the program. The Cyclones swept the Jayhawks in three tightly contested games (30-24, 30-25, 30-19), in which they used key late runs to finish off games.

The victory also kept coach Christy Johnson’s record against Kansas perfect at 5-0 in three years, which came after a 10-match losing streak to the Jayhawks.

Iowa State, despite its high hitting percentage of .378 to Kansas’ .194, never seemed to get in sync with their attack. The Cyclones took advantage of an overly aggressive Jayhawks block with several tip kills, which gave them 26 more kills.

Senior Erin Boeve continued her outstanding play since moving back to middle blocker three matches ago. Boeve had 12 kills while hitting .333 and was helped along by junior Jen Malcom, leading the team with 14. Junior Mary Bisenius and redshirt freshman Victoria Henson finished in double digits with 13 and 10, respectively. Sophomore setter Kaylee Manns had a double-double with 46 assists and 12 digs to lead the team in both categories. The 46 assists were the most for Manns in a three-game match.

Iowa State controlled each game but the pesky Jayhawks battled back to cut into big Cyclone leads in games one and two. Boeve keyed a late 6-1 run with three kills and a block assist with Henson in game one with Iowa State leading only 24-23. It was Bisenius’ turn in game two with the Cyclones only leading 27-25 after a timeout. Bisenius smashed two kills and caused an attack error by Natalie Uhart to take the last three points.

The Cyclones dominated game three from the opening serve, using a steady diet of their three leading hitters to steadily stretch their lead. Malcom, Bisenius and Boeve each had a kill as Iowa State scored the last four points to finish off a 30-19 win.

The Cyclones return to action Saturday at Oklahoma at 7 p.m.