Iowa State volleyball sweeps Wyoming

Iowa State senior Hannah Bailey attempts to spike the ball against Wyoming on Sept. 13. Iowa State swept Wyoming, 3-0.

Spencer Suckow

Hosting its second home tournament of the season, Iowa State got off to a good start in the Cyclone Classic, sweeping Wyoming in straight sets.

The win improves Iowa State’s record on the season to 7-4, while Wyoming drops to 8-2 with the loss. 

The first set saw Iowa State get off to a hot start and never look back as the Cyclones jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead that they never relinquished. Iowa State’s lead would grow to as high as 20-10 before the Cyclones eventually took the set 25-17.

The second set turned out to be a much more even affair, as the two teams traded leads throughout. Wyoming jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead thanks to a couple of attack errors by Iowa State, but the Cyclones quickly responded shortly after with a 5-0 run that gave them a 8-6 lead.

Things would continue to swing back-and-forth from there, as neither team could gain an advantage of more than four points. With the set tied at 23, Iowa State managed a pair of kills from seniors Grace Lazard and Jess Schaben to take the set 25-23.

For a while, it looked as if the third set would follow a similar script as the second, as the two teams once again traded leads early on. However, with Wyoming up 9-7, Iowa State went on an 8-0 run to take a 15-9 lead that it never gave up.

The run was fueled, in part, by four attack errors by the Cowgirls, including three from outside hitter Emily Lewis. Iowa State went on to extend the lead to as much as eight points before ultimately taking the set.

Leading the way statistically for the Cyclones was Schaben, who led the team with a double-double of 14 kills and 12 digs on a .324 hitting percentage. Freshman Eleanor Holthaus and Grace Lazard also pitched in eight and seven kills, respectively.

Redshirt junior Hali Hillegas led the team in digs with 20, while sophomore Piper Mauck led in assists with 30.

Iowa State will be back in action again on Friday, as the team takes on Iowa at 6:30 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum as part of the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series.