Three Big Takeaways: Cyclone win streak continues


Tyler Coe

Maya Duckworth digs the ball in Iowa State upset win over Texas on Oct. 19, 2022.

Iowa State volleyball earned a road win in straight sets Friday night over Texas Tech. The Cyclones have now won five straight matches. 

Riding the momentum of Wednesday night’s win over No. 1 ranked Texas, Iowa State commanded the entire match. Iowa State won all three sets by scores of 25-23, 25-20 and 25-15.

The Iowa State defense was strong against the Red Raider offensive attack. Texas Tech was limited to a .050 hitting percentage. Cyclone libero Brooke Stonestreet again filled the stat sheet with 15 digs on the defensive end. 

Stronestreet’s play at libero was pivotal in Iowa State’s previous upset win. Against Texas, Stonestreet made 25 digs and added two aces from the service line. 

Iowa State’s Alexis Engelbrecht also provided five blocks to help slow down the Texas Tech attack. 

Senior Annie Hatch led the way for Iowa State offensively with 16 kills on 25 swings. Hatch notched a career-high hitting percentage of .560. Overall, Iowa State made 48 kills compared to 24 by the Red Raiders. 

Straight sets 

On Friday night, Iowa State completed its first sweep of the 2022 season. 

The Cyclones took the court feeling the momentum gained after their five-set upset win over Texas on Wednesday night. Iowa State struck first with a 25-23 win in the first set. Iowa State led for the majority of the set, but a 5-0 run by the Red Raiders threatened the narrow margin. 

Iowa State was down 22-20, but two kills by Maya Duckworth and a pair of errors by Texas Tech helped Iowa State finish the first set ahead 1-0. 

Iowa State returned to the court for the second and third with more offensive efficiency and a pair of set wins. In the second, Hatch reached double-digit kills for the second consecutive night and the Cyclones won 25-20. 

The Red Raiders led 10-5 early before a kill by Mariah Mitchell capped the run and Iowa State finished the set strong to go ahead 2-0 in the match. 

To finish its first sweep of the season, Iowa State displayed another strong set. The Cyclones enjoyed a 5-0 scoring run early and never looked back. After Iowa State took the lead at 6-5, the Red Raiders never regained the lead, and Iowa State finished with a double-digit set win. 

Road success

Iowa State gained its second consecutive road win Friday evening against Texas Tech. After Big 12 play began on Sept. 24, the Cyclones struggled away from the confines of Hilton Coliseum. 

Iowa State lost its first two road Big 12 matches, including a loss in straight sets against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas. On Oct. 15, Iowa State picked up its first road win against Oklahoma. 

With Friday’s night win, the Cyclones continued their momentum away from home and evened their Big 12 record as a visitor. 

Entering the match on Friday night, Texas Tech had defended its home court for a record of 6-2. Iowa State improved its road record to 4-3. 

Texas Native 

The Iowa State freshman phenom Duckworth earned 11 kills in Friday night’s match. Duckworth is making a case for more conference accolades as she displayed her skills in her home state. 

Duckworth, a native of the Dallas area, has won two straight Big 12 rookie of the week honors. Friday night, she added 11 more kills to her season total on 25 attempts along with seven digs. 

Duckworth is second among her teammates with 188 kills so far in her freshman season.