Positives found in Cyclone loss

Dan Quinnell

The ISU women’s volleyball team got a little taste of victory Wednesday night after winning the second of a best of five game match against Kansas State.

The Wildcats went on to win the match 3-1, but the young Cyclones might have found something to build on.

“I thought we played well at points in games two, three and four,” head coach Linda Crum said. “A couple of occasions when we got stuck were the difference between an experienced team being mentally tough and pulling through to find a way to win.”

The inexperienced Cyclones don’t have any seniors in the starting lineup or on the roster at all, and Crum said lack of senior leadership plays a huge part in games like this.

“Every time you go through a situation like that where you’re in a rotation and your stuck, you need someone who has been through it and knows how to get it down,” she said.

Even though the Cyclones won game two and picked up some confidence Crum doesn’t want her team to stop there.

“I think we played better then we have in the last couple matches, but on the other hand I’m disappointed because I don’t want to be satisfied by just taking one game and saying it’s progress.”

Although the Cyclones didn’t come away with the win over Kansas State, junior Mandi Harms said the team gained some motivation and can take some confidence with them to Colorado on Saturday.

“Colorado is a similar team [to] Kansas State so we’re definitely motivated to go out and beat them in three or five games or whatever it takes,” she said.

Harms said the Cyclones had their chances, but couldn’t pull out wins in games three and four.

“We were happy we played a lot better, but were really disappointed overall because we expected to win,” Harms said. “We’re going to come out next time and beat them.”

The Cyclones, who dropped to 3-9 overall and 0-8 in the Big 12, will travel to Boulder Saturday to play Colorado.