Iowa State looks for first Big 12 conference win

Emily Arthur

When the Baylor volleyball team takes the floor at Hilton Coliseum tonight to face the Cyclones, one losing streak will be on the verge of being broken.

Both teams are looking to get back on track after difficult stretches in their schedules. Iowa State is carrying a six-match losing streak while Baylor is winless in their last four.

“Last year we played really well against Baylor down there, and I think that was a real confidence booster for us,” ISU setter Sara Stribe said. “We know we can play with them, we’ve just got to do it . The six people on the floor have to play up to the level we can, and I think we have a legitimate shot of beating Baylor.”

Stribe said in the Cyclones’ last match, a 0-3 loss vs. Texas Tech on Wednesday night, they may not have come to play.

“I just don’t think we came in focused enough,” she said. “We were all really excited . We thought we were ready to go. We just came out, and Texas Tech played a fast-paced game. It caught us off guard.”

The Cyclones started strong in the match, but after a tough loss in the second game, had trouble regrouping.

Sophomore Steph Sunkten said it was hard to get things back together after a hard-fought game two.

“After we lost the second game, we were just kind of done,” she said.

Sunkten said although they had problems vs. Texas Tech, the team is hoping to correct them before the match against Baylor.

“I think we’ve proven that we can be competitive in the Big 12,” she said. “We just need to take that next step. We’re right there in position to win some games, we’re right there being competitive throughout the games, we’re just not closing them out.”

Both teams are still looking for their first conference win. Iowa State’s record stands at 3-7 overall with a 0-5 record in the Big 12 while the Bears are 8-4 and 0-4 in the conference.

Stribe said some intangibles will need to be there tonight, but if they are, Iowa State has a good opportunity to come out on top.

“We feel like if our middles are up early at the beginning of the match, we’re a tough team to beat,” she said. ” . We’re hoping that that we will continue to get better and better.”

Baylor currently holds the advantage over Iowa State with a 9-3 all-time record against the Cyclones. However, Sunkten said the team isn’t worried about that.

“We just have to go out there and play, not worry about anything else. Just play,” she said.

First serve is scheduled for 7 tonight.