Texas volleyball completes the regular season sweep of Iowa State


Grace Lazard, middle blocker, hits the ball towards Kansas State on Oct. 11 at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones won 3-0.

Trevor Holbrook

After being swept by Texas nearly a month ago, the Cyclones looked for payback in Hilton Coliseum on Saturday.

Iowa State performed better, but Texas still won the match 3-1 (25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 25-18).

Iowa State fell behind early in the first set, but it proved it could hang with the Longhorns later in the set. The Cyclones clawed their way to an 18-18 tie, but Iowa State failed to muster enough momentum to snag the set.

The Cyclones might have failed to build a one-set lead, but they did establish their service game. Iowa State limited itself to two service errors, while Texas had five in the first set.

The second set unfolded similarly to the first set. Texas held a 20-16 lead late in the second set. The Longhorns won five of the next seven points, pushing their lead to 2-0.

When the third set rolled around, Iowa State needed to win the set to stay alive. The Cyclones played arguably their best set, clinging to a 21-20 lead.

Ahead 24-23, junior blocker Grace Lazard produced a clutch kill, followed immediately by an eruption inside Hilton Coliseum.

In the fourth set, Texas proved why it’s ranked No. 3. The height of the Longhorns altered Iowa State’s shots enough, paired with good offense from Texas to clinch the win.