Iowa State sweeps Drake in first NIVC tournament game


Members of the Iowa State volleyball team celebrate scoring a point during their game against Kansas State at Hilton Coliseum on Oct. 26. The Cyclones won 3-1.

Jack Shover

On Thursday, Iowa State was able to sweep Drake in its first game of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship tournament.

Iowa State took the first set 25-16, as the team had a hitting percentage of .367.

Jess Schaben led all players in kills with eight on nine shots for a hitting percentage of .778. Second on the team in kills, was Candelaria Herrera with three and a .400 hitting percentage.

Iowa State held Drake to a .111 hitting percentage. The Cyclones recorded two team blocks on the set, and Schaben also led all players in digs with five.

To extend its lead to 2-0, Iowa State won the next set 27-25. Schaben added six more kills to put her total at 14. In reaching double-digit kills, Schaben extended her streak of games with ten or more kills to 13.

Iowa State added two more team blocks as Drake hit .275. Schaben and libero Izzy Enna each had eight digs after two sets.

Iowa State took the third and final set 25-22.

Schaben finished the game with 18 kills, a .382 hitting percentage and 14 digs.

Grace Lazard finished the game with 10 kills and a .389 hitting percentage.

Enna was the only other Cyclone with double-digit digs and finished the game with 13 digs.

With the win, Iowa State is now set to face Bradley, who defeated Bowling Green in five sets in its first NIVC game, at 6:30PM on Friday.