Iowa State downs No. 17 Northern Iowa on the road


Brooke Anderson (5), Hali Hillegas (16) and Jess Schaben (14) celebrate after Anderson’s save in the third set on Aug. 25.

Jack Shover

After closely losing its last game of the Iowa State Challenge, Iowa State was able to rebound with a clean sweep of Northern Iowa on the road.

This past weekend, UNI was able to upset then-No. 5 Kentucky and No. 13 Creighton, which pushed UNI to No. 17 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 this week.

Iowa State was ranked No. 21 last week before it lost to Oregon State, who is receiving votes for the second week in a row.

During the match, Iowa State was able to record nine blocks and limit UNI to 43 kills and a .202 hitting percentage through three sets. UNI on the other hand had two blocks while Iowa State had 51 kills with a .306 hitting percentage.

Jess Schaben and Eleanor Holthaus led the way for the Cyclones in kills with Schaben having 14 kills and a .282 hitting percentage and Holthaus with 12 kills and a .435 hitting percentage.

Overall, Iowa State’s libero, Hali Hillegas, led all players with 21 digs.

In addition, Iowa State was able to fluidly flow its offense with 50 assists. Iowa State’s setter Piper Mauck alone had the same amount of assists as UNI with 40.

In the first set, Iowa State overcame UNI 25-20.

After the second set, the score remained the same as the Cyclones jumped to a 2-0 lead.

The Cyclones then took the third set and the match 32-30.

Currently, Iowa State is sitting on a 3-1 record while UNI drops to 2-1.

After this game, Iowa State has off until this weekend when they travel to Montana to partake in the Montana Invitational.