Iowa State falls to Texas Tech in four sets

Piper Mauck, setter, sets the ball during the game on Sept. 16 in Hilton Coliseum.

Spencer Suckow

Iowa State volleyball dropped to 8-8 on the season and to 1-2 in Big 12 Conference play Friday night after falling to Texas Tech on the road in four sets 25-22, 24-26, 15-25 and 18-25.

Once again, the Cyclones found themselves on the losing end of a match despite getting off to a nice start. Iowa State took the first set 25-22 behind six kills from senior outside hitter Jess Schaben and a .343 percent hitting percentage as a team.

Iowa State continued to hit the ball well in the second set, jumping out to a 15-7 lead at one point. However, the Red Raiders stormed back with a 7-2 run to pull within two of the Cyclones midway through the set. Texas Tech took the set by a score of 26-24 despite having only four kills and a team hitting percentage of .125 percent .

The Red Raiders wouldn’t look back from there, as the team had a combined hitting percentage of .426 percent in the final two sets to take the match 3-1. Leading the way for Texas Tech were Emily Hill and Chandler Atwood with 18 and 13 kills respectively. Hill also added 13 digs.

For the Cyclones, Schaben had a double-double on the night with 15 digs and a game-high 19 kills. Junior outside hitter Josie Herbst also added nine kills, while redshirt junior libero Hali Hillegas pitched in 11 digs and sophomore middle blocker Candelaria Herrera added eight blocks.

Iowa State will attempt to get back on track next Wednesday when the team takes on Oklahoma at Hilton Coliseum.