Iowa State defeats No. 8 Creighton in five sets


Freshman Avery Rhodes lines up at the net as she waits for the serve Aug. 26. The Cyclones went on to sweep Omaha in thee consecutive sets. 

Garrett Kroeger

After suffering its first loss of the season, the Iowa State Volleyball team traveled down to Wichita, Kansas to participate in the Shocker Invitational, where they took down the No. 8 Creighton Blue Jays in five sets (25-21, 22-25, 25-16, 19-25, 15-8).

The Cyclones’ Jess Schaben, Grace Lazard, Samara West and Alexis Conaway all recorded 10 or more kills against the Blue Jays. Schaben with 13, Lazard with 12 and West and Conaway with 10. However, the player of the game for Iowa State was freshman middle blocker Avery Rhodes.

In probably the biggest game of her young career, Rhodes recorded seven kills and 10 blocks for the Cyclones. Talk about stepping up when it mattered most.

The now 8-1 Cyclones will return to the court Sunday, at 2:30 p.m., to take on the Wichita State Shockers.