Cyclone volleyball loses a tight match to Kansas

Senior Monique Harris and Junior Grace Lazard during the Iowa State vs. Oklahoma volleyball game.

Trevor Holbrook

Iowa State fell to the Kansas Jayhawks in five sets Wednesday night.

The Cyclones controlled the Jayhawks in the first two sets. No. 11 Kansas fired off three-straight set wins (25-27, 20-25, 25-20, 25-16, 15-11) to sneak out of the match with a win.

In the first set, Kansas targeted openings all around the court. The Jayhawk attack kept the Cyclones off balance, leading to a 15-8 lead.

Facing a little adversity, the Cyclones returned to what’s been working for them lately: blocking. The middle blockers — junior Grace Lazard, redshirt senior Samara West and freshman Avery Rhodes ignited the rally.

Senior setter Monique Harris distributed the ball to Iowa State’s hitters, allowing the Cyclones to snag the first set.

In the second set, the Cyclones’ momentum continued. A committee of Iowa State hitters gave the Cyclones an early 5-1 lead.

Kansas pulled within three late in the set, but that’s the closest the Jayhawks would get.

Kansas finally got its feet underneath itself in the third set. Kansas held a narrow lead throughout the first half of the set, but the Cyclones would storm back.

Down 16-13, Iowa State rattled off four points to grab the lead.

It looked like the Cyclones were going to fall behind 21-19 after a West attack went long, but Christy Johnson-Lynch issued a challenge.

The call was overturned, shifting the score to 20 apiece. The overturned call would become meaningless, as Kansas would go on to score five straight points.

The fourth set started off evenly. The set would move to a 15-15 tie, and then the Jayhawks took over.

Kansas outscored Iowa State 10-1, forcing a fifth set.

In the final set, the Cyclones jumped out to a 7-5 lead. The Jayhawks recovered, winning seven-straight points to take a 12-7 lead.

Iowa State bounced back to make the score 12-9, but ultimately, the Jayhawks would edge the out the Cyclones.