Recent history of ISU volleyball against Northern Iowa

Kevin Horner

Sept. 8, 2010

No. 11 Iowa State defeated No. 18 Northern Iowa to earn their sixth victory of the 2010 season, led by Victoria Henson’s 17 kills and 10 digs. The Cyclones rolled over the Panthers, claiming victory in three sets (25-16, 25-20, 25-22).

Quote from the match: “I thought it was a great atmosphere,” said ISU volleyball coach Christy Johnson-Lynch. “The players couldn’t hear us. It was very loud and very intimidating tonight.”

Sept. 13, 2011

The No. 15 Panthers handed the No. 12 Cyclones their first loss of the season, sweeping Iowa State with little trouble (24-26, 16-25, 18-25). The loss ended a nine-game winning streak for the Cyclones, preventing them from a perfect 10-0 start to the 2011 season.

Quote: “We could not get much going tonight,” Johnson-Lynch said. “I don’t think we were prepared. I don’t think this team was ready for what came at us tonight.”

Sept. 5, 2012

Led by senior Rachel Hockaday and her 14 kills and 11 digs, No. 18 Iowa State took revenge on No. 25 Northern Iowa for their defeat of the Cyclones in 2011. Iowa State prevailed in four sets (25-18, 23-25, 25-14, 27-25) in front of a home crowd at Hilton Coliseum. The win brought the Cyclones to 3-3 on the season.

Quote: “This was a huge match and a match that we needed,” Johnson-Lynch said. “I think we’re better than what we showed tonight, but that was a pretty amazing comeback there at the end.”

Sept. 4, 2013

After developing a quick lead to start the match in Cedar Falls, the No. 11 Cyclones survived a late comeback from the unranked Panthers to nab their fourth consecutive win to start the season (. It was a record crowd at the McLeod Center of 6,621 and the two teams gave the crowd five sets of back-and-forth volleyball. Kristen Hahn led the Cyclones with 34 digs.

Quote: “We wanted to be here; we wanted to play in front of 6,000, 7,000 fans,” Johnson-Lynch said. “We learned some things tonight, and we’ll be better off in the long run from it for sure.

Sept. 24, 2014

History seemed to repeat itself in 2014 as the Cyclones, similar to 2013, won the opening two sets before losing the next two and winning the fifth. Due to a conflict with a career fair, the game was again played at Hilton Coliseum. Suzanne Horner recorded a career-high 56 assists on the match.

Quote: “We came in and had a good start,” said junior Mackenzie Bigbee. “I think we led the crowd kind of help UNI get the momentum going.”

The Cyclones and Panthers will meet again at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 at Hilton Coliseum.