ISU volleyball falls to Mizzou

Emily Arthur

The ISU volleyball team continued to search for its first conference win on Saturday night when they traveled to Missouri to take on the Tigers.

Despite another strong blocking match for senior Stacy Nicks, the Cyclones were unable to establish any momentum and fell in straight games,15-5, 15-5 and 15-5.

Nicks continued to show her solid blocking skills totaling five for the match including three solo stops.

The solo stops brought her total to 77 for her career, which ranks seventh on the ISU all-time career solo blocks list.

Nicks and sophomore Mandi Harms led the way offensively for Iowa State recording six kills each on the night. The Tigers more than doubled the Cyclone kill production totaling 41 to Iowa State’s 20, and also gained an advantage in hitting percentage, .337 to .029.

Lindsey Chapman continued to start in place of injured Sara Stribe at the setter position. Chapman totaled 16 assists in the loss and added one service ace.

Harms paced the defense with nine digs while freshman Julie Mitchell ended the night with three blocks to remain second on the team with 78 blocks for the season.

Missouri’s offense was led by Ashlee Johns, who recorded a game-high 14 kills on her way to a .600 hitting percentage.

Three other Tigers added eight kills apiece in the contest.

Missouri setter, Heather Gerber, paced the offense with 34 assists for kills.

The Cyclones were outblocked by the Tigers 11.5 to nine.

The Tigers’ Christi Myers led all players with 6 blocks on the night.

The loss dropped Iowa State’s record to 2-20 with a 0-13 Big 12 record while Missouri’s win upped its record to 18-4 and 9-4 in the conference.

Next action for the Cyclones will be Wednesday night when they travel to Lawrence, Kan. to meet with the Jayhawks.

The match is set to start at 1 p.m. in the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.