Cyclones improve overall mark to 3-2

Emily Arthur

The ISU volleyball team went 1-2 in the Amerihost Classic over the weekend, bringing its record to 3-2 on the year.

The Cyclones dropped matches to Sam Houston State, 0-3, and Morehead State, 1-3, and gained a big win over tournament host Wisconsin-Green Bay, 3-1.

“I was disappointed with how we played against Sam Houston and Morehead State,” head volleyball coach Linda Crum said. “We played inconsistent, and we weren’t all that aggressive.”

In Iowa State’s match vs. Sam Houston State, the Cyclones held the lead in game one before the Bearcats battled back to tie the score at 28 before scoring the next two points to secure the win, 30-28.

The Cyclones were unable to re-focus and dropped the next two games, 14-30 and 28-30.

Mandi Harms led the Cyclones offensively in the contest with 11 kills while freshman Brittany Dalager added 10 kills and 15 digs.

As disappointed as Crum was in the way her team played vs. Sam Houston State, she said the team came out ready to play vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay.

“It was one of those gut-check matches for us,” Crum said. “We came out after the bad loss with intensity and focus, and we played a whole lot better.”

Iowa State used double-double performances by Dalager and sophomore Renae Pruess to secure the 3-1 win. Dalager led the team with 15 kills and 14 digs while Pruess recorded 12 kills and 12 digs.

The Cyclones’ last match of the Amerihost Classic went much as the first did with Iowa State hanging close, but unable to come away with the win.

Iowa State started fast in game one, jumping out to a 4-0 lead before coming away with a 30-24 win.

Things went downhill from there with the Cyclones dropping the next three games, 27-30, 27-30 and 20-30.

Pruess led the Cyclones offensively with 17 kills and 16 digs. Dalager recorded her fourth double-double in a row for the Cyclones with 13 kills and 23 digs.

For her effort, Dalager was named to the All-tournament team.

Crum also cited junior setter Sara Stribe with a solid performance.