Iowa State volleyball loses three straight sets to Division II Wayne State College

Junior Middle Blocker Grace Lazard goes up for a spike during the first round of the NCAA Volleyball Championship against Princeton University at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa Dec. 01. The Cyclones defeated the Tigers in three consecutive sets.

Spencer Suckow

Even if the match didn’t count, there was a pretty significant upset in the opener of the Iowa State spring volleyball tournament.

Cyclone volleyball suffered a sweep at the hands of Division II Wayne State College (Wayne, Nebraska) to start off Saturday’s home tournament. The Cyclones were scheduled to play three sets against the Wildcats, and sloppy play in each of those sets ultimately ensured that Iowa State came away empty-handed.

The Cyclones got off to a slow start right out of the gate, as Wayne State jumped out to an early 6-3 lead in the first set thanks to several Iowa State mistakes.

Those mistakes continued throughout the set in the form of attack errors, missed serves and miscommunication, eventually leading to a 24-20 advantage in favor of the Wildcats.

Iowa State did battle back to tie things up thanks to two Piper Mauck aces and a Jess Schaben kill, leading to a bit of a marathon set. In the end, however, the Cyclones couldn’t put away the Wildcats thanks to more unforced errors and Wayne State took the set 33-31.

Things started off better for the Cyclones in the second set, but the final result was even worse than in the first.

Iowa State jumped out to an early 7-3 lead in the set, spearheaded by two quick Grace Lazard kills off the bench, but several more errors and two slightly controversial calls eventually gave Wayne State a 19-18 lead late in the set.

From there, Iowa State committed four more attack errors to put the Wildcats in front 23-19. Unlike the first set, the Cyclones didn’t have another rally in them and the Wildcats took the set 25-19.

The Wildcats completed a surprising sweep of the Cyclones by taking one last back-and-forth set to close out the first match. After jumping out to an early 8-5 lead, the Cyclones battled with six-straight points to take a 15-14 lead in the middle of the third.

Things stayed close for a little longer after that, but after Iowa State junior outside hitter Josie Herbst tied things at 19 with a no-look overpass, the Wildcats capped off the set with a 6-2 run to complete the sweep.

The Cyclones will play one final match on Saturday to close out their spring tournament. Iowa State will take on Drake University at 1:30 p.m.