Iowa State volleyball sinks Iowa 3-1

Senior Monique Harris prepares to serve Aug. 26. The Cyclones went on to sweep Omaha in thee consecutive sets. 

Trevor Holbrook

Regardless of the teams’ records, rivalries present a tough battle for both teams.

The Cy-Hawk series is no different.

The Hawkeyes gave the Cyclones everything they could handle, sending the match into four sets and putting Iowa State on the ropes multiple times.

Eventually, Iowa State was able to prevail with a 3-1 win (25-19, 23-25, 26-24, 30-28).

To begin the match, Iowa State flexed its muscles, jumping out to an 8-2 lead. Iowa responded, cutting the deficit to 21-18.

The undefeated Cyclones maneuvered away from the Hawkeye rally, sealing the set with a kill from senior outside hitter Genesis Miranda.

Iowa made some adjustments from the first set, providing an edge for the Hawkeyes. Iowa’s freshman setter Brie Orr stuffed the stat sheet, setting up her hitters throughout the set.

Iowa State fought back in the set, but Iowa’s arsenal was too much to overcome for the Cyclones. The rhythmic Hawkeyes snagged the second set.

With the match knotted up 1-1, the third set was arguably the most essential. Along with being very important, the set was also very close.

The set began with an even start. After 20 points the score was tied at 10 a piece. A couple of Iowa kills built some momentum for the Hawkeyes.

Iowa, ahead 21-17, continued to extend its lead to set point. Down 24-23, Iowa State struck with a kill from junior middle blocker Grace Lazard.

Two straight attack errors handed the valuable third set to the Cyclones.

The third set, a very close set, was topped by the fourth and final set. Iowa appeared to have complete control over the set, jumping out to a 14-6 lead.

Iowa State methodically chipped away at the Iowa lead; eventually, the Cyclones tied the set at 22.

Iowa State dodged five Iowa set points. Down 27-28, the senior duo of setter Monique Harris and right side Samara West took over.

Harris placed three straight sets to West, allowing West to rattle off the final match points.

Iowa State will take on Northern Illinois tomorrow on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Iowa City.