Cyclones manage to sweep North Dakota despite a slow start

Trevor Holbrook

After defeating Kansas in four sets on Saturday, Iowa State turned around and played the North Dakota Fighting Hawks two days later.

Early on in the match, the Cyclones appeared sluggish. Eventually, Iowa State’s talent would prevail, allowing the Cyclones to sweep North Dakota (25-16, 25-14, 25-17).

Iowa State stumbled out of the gate in the first set, falling behind North Dakota 8-5. The Cyclones would snap out of their daze and score 14 of the next 16 points to give them a 19-10 lead.

The Fighting Hawks put up a fight late in the set, but Iowa State’s lead would prove to be too large to overcome.

The second set nearly mirrored the first set. Early on, North Dakota maintained a narrow lead. A Fighting Hawks attack error would tie the set at 11. From that point on, the set belonged to the Cyclones.

Iowa State scored 15 of the last 18 points this time. A handful of late kills by junior hitter Jess Schaben and junior blocker Grace Lazard iced the set win for Iowa State.

By the time the third set rolled around, the Cyclones had worked out most of their kinks. Iowa State maintained the lead throughout the entirety of the set, giving the Cyclones the set and the match.