GAMER: ISU volleyball defeats Texas Tech on the road


Max Goldberg/Iowa State Daily

Freshman Jess Schaben hits the ball during a match against the Texas Longhorns in a game in Hilton Coliseum on Saturday. The Cyclones would go on to lose 3-0. 

Kevin Horner

The Lowdown

Iowa State (17-9, 10-5 Big 12) defeated Texas Tech (14-15, 3-12 Big 12) on the road in Lubbock, Tex., on Nov. 21, claiming victory in four sets (26-24, 26-24, 22, 25, 25-20). The win marked the second for the Cyclones in two meetings with the Red Raiders this season.

The match began and remained close for the majority of the four sets with 40 total ties — 30 of which occurred during the first two sets. After Iowa State took the opening two games by a combined four-point margin, Texas Tech jumped out to an early 6-1 lead in the third.

Although the Cyclones were able to mount a comeback, eventually tying the set at 17, the Red Raiders carried their momentum to the set’s conclusion — taking the set, 25-22. Their momentum ended there, however.

Iowa State used a mid-set 6-2 run in the fourth to fuel the most decisive set win of the match — a five-point victory — and its 10th Big 12 win of the season.

The X-Factor

Junior OH Ciara Capezio — Capezio led all eligible ISU hitters with a .444 hitting percentage on the match, notching 13 kills on 27 attempts with just one attacking error. Only freshman Jess Schaben out-killed Capezio, posting 18 kills on the match.

Capezio also recorded two assists and 12 digs, enough for her seventh double-double of the season. It was her first double-double since Oct. 28 when she also notched 13 kills and 12 digs against No. 10 Kansas.

By the Numbers

– Iowa State currently sits in fourth place in the Big 12 standings, trailing No. 5 Texas, No. 9 Kansas and Kansas State.

19 – Saturday marked the Cyclones’ 19th-straight victory against the Red Raiders, winning every match since 2006.

6 – The combined point differential between Iowa State and Texas Tech on Saturday — 99-93.

.003 – The difference in hitting percentage between the two teams on the match.

1.4 – The ratio of ISU serve aces to serve errors. It is the seventh time this season that this ratio has exceeded 1.0.

10 – Junior Suzanne Horner recorded 10 assists on the match, her first double-digit assist number since Aug. 29 vs. Marquette.