Iowa State volleyball drops third straight match


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Iowa State Cyclones play the Syracuse Orange on Sept. 16 in Hilton Coliseum.

Spencer Suckow

Iowa State volleyball’s losing streak grew to three games Wednesday night as the Cyclones lost in four sets to Oklahoma at Hilton Coliseum: 25-16, 24-26, 19-25 and 20-25.

The loss puts Iowa State in relatively unfamiliar territory. The Cyclones dropped to 8-9 on the season, giving the team a losing record for the first time this season. The last time Iowa State had a losing record at any point in a season was in 2014, when it lost to Stanford and Florida State in the first two games of the season.

Following a familiar trend this season, Iowa State jumped out to an early lead in the match, only to soon give that lead away. The Cyclones took the first set in relatively convincing fashion, winning by nine points and holding Oklahoma to a -.067 percent hitting percentage in the frame.

As was the case in their previous three losses, the Cyclones squandered their advantage and allowed the Sooners to take the next three sets for the match win. The loss came despite a comeback effort from the Cyclones in the second set, where Iowa State came back from 24-20 deficit to tie the match at 24.  Oklahoma, however, would get the next two points to take the set.

From there, Oklahoma took control. In the final two sets, Iowa State only had the lead once, when the score was 2-1 in the third set. Overall, the Sooners held Iowa State to a .136 hitting percentage on the night, thanks in large part to 33 attack errors from the Cyclones.

Leading the way statistically for Iowa State was freshman right side hitter Eleanor Holthaus, who had 17 kills with a .464 percent hitting percentage and sophomore middle blocker Candelaria Herrera, who added 10 kills and a .400 percent hitting percentage. 

Defensively, the Cyclones were led by Hali Hillegas and Grace Lazard, who led the team with 28 digs and six blocks, respectively.

Up next for Iowa State will be a trip to Austin, Texas, to take on No. 4 Texas. The game will be broadcast live at 6 p.m. on the Longhorn Network.