Iowa State volleyball rolls West Virginia on the road

The Iowa State volleyball team celebrates a victory over Kansas State on Oct. 11 at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones won 3-0, winning the first three sets.

Trevor Holbrook

Iowa State battled the West Virginia Mountaineers on Wednesday in Morgantown, West Virginia.

The Cyclones swept the Mountaineers (25-18, 25-16, 25-19). The Cyclones join Penn State as the only two teams to sweep West Virginia in Morgantown this season.

West Virginia hitter Payton Caffrey had a strong start to the match, contributing five kills and a service ace in the first set.

A balanced attack from Iowa State was enough to grab a win in the first set. The Cyclones also benefitted from solid blocking from junior blocker Grace Lazard.

The Mountaineers jumped out to another quick start in the second set, building a 9-7 lead. The Mountaineers approached the set by attempting to hit the ball deep on the court to get an edge.

The Cyclones rebounded and won nine of the next 10 points. A pair of late Izzy Enna service aces would secure the second set for the Cyclones.

At the beginning of the third set, it appeared the Cyclones might finally win a set easily. Iowa State lead 8-3 early on.

West Virginia wouldn’t go away, though. The Mountaineers would remain within striking range, but eventually the Cyclones would outlast them.

Iowa State’s stifling defense would assist the Cyclones in the third set, holding West Virginia to a .067 hitting percentage.