Cyclones fall in four sets to No. 10 Kansas


Dalton Gackle/Iowa State Daily

Senior Tory Knuth calls out a play for the Cyclones against WVU. The Cyclones swept the mountaineers in three sets. Also pictured:freshmen Grace Lazard and Jess Schaben.

Garrett Kroeger

No. 10 Kansas rolled into Ames and defeated Iowa State (20-25, 28-26, 25-15, 25-20) on Wednesday at Hilton Coliseum, marking the Jayhawks’ second win against the Cyclones this season.

The Cyclones jumped out to a 3-0 lead to begin the first set. Whenever Kansas tried to get back into the set, Iowa State went on a multi-point runs, as they made runs of 3-0 and 4-0 during the opening set.

The Cyclones never trailed in the first set and were led by outside hitter Morgan Kuhrt, as she notched eight kills in the first set win.

The second set was highly competitive. The Cyclones began the set down early but fought back to tie the set at 11. After that, it was a back and forth ordeal, so much so that Iowa State and Kansas had to go beyond the 25-point limit. The set featured ten different ties and six lead changes before the Jayhawks captured in, 28-26.

The third set was a completely different story. The Jayhawks built a 15-7 lead over the Cyclones and never relinquished their lead. In the third set, Iowa State had a .000 hitting percentage to Kansas’ .444 hitting percentage.

Iowa State scored the first point of the fourth set, but after that it was all Kansas once again. The Cyclones rallied briefly, taking the lead at 13-12 over Kansas. The Cyclones’ lead was short lived, though, as the Jayhawks regained the lead at 16-15.

Outside hitter Kelsie Payne led the Jayhawks to victory, totaling 26 kills against the Cyclones.

Iowa State will retake the floor to face Oklahoma on Oct. 31 at noon inside Hilton Coliseum.