Cyclone volleyball hits the road after upset win


Tyler Coe

Iowa State celebrates after its upset win over No. 1 Texas Oct. 19.

After an upset win over No. 1 Texas Wednesday night, Iowa State will hit the road to take on Texas Tech. While road matches have been a challenge in conference play, the Cyclones can rely on recent success.

Iowa State secured its first Big 12 road win against Oklahoma after dropping its previous two against TCU and Kansas State. Road wins have been hard to come by, but it was important for this team to get one under its belt.

“Definitely gives you that confidence that like, hey, it’s not only our home crowd or home court that we can really perform on, we can perform anywhere against any team,” junior Alexis Engelbrecht said.

This team is capable of beating anybody when playing at its best. The Cyclones breezed past No. 13 Baylor and stunned the top-ranked Longhorns after a win in five sets.

Iowa State has been competitive with almost every team it has faced and has only improved as the season has progressed. Currently riding a four-match winning streak, the volleyball squad has all the momentum in the world.

“We just gotta keep staying in the moment, one game at a time, put together some great stretches and hope for the best,” head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch said.

While Iowa State is riding high, Texas Tech is aiming to snap a two-match losing streak. The Red Raiders lost in five sets to Kansas and fell against Baylor, but both losses came on the road.

Similar to Iowa State, Texas Tech is a much more formidable opponent at home. The Red Raiders hold a 6-2 record in Lubbock, dropping their only home Big 12 match against Texas.

Coming off a monumental win, Iowa State will have to face a team that consistently wins in its home arena. While that may have been a more dangerous spot earlier in the season, Iowa State is more prepared to face a tough road opponent.

“We found our groove in Oklahoma, you know, we lost the first set and then came back and won the next three really strong,” senior Eleanor Holthaus said. “So I think that helps us kind of relax a little bit and helps us be (prepared) to play on the road.”

Iowa State will face Texas Tech on the road at 6 p.m. Friday.