DAYTON, Ohio – No. 25 Iowa State maintained its perfect start to the season with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-22) sweep of Dayton Friday night at the Frericks Center. The Cyclones are now 4-0 on the season, all four wins coming via sweep, while the Flyers fell to 3-2 on the year.
Head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch picked up the 250th victory of her ISU tenure, with the defense doing the job for ISU. The Cyclones held Dayton to a .038 hitting percentage, led by 11.0 total blocks by the Cyclones, five coming from Genesis Miranda. In the back row, Hali Hillegasposted a season-best 20 digs, while Jess Schaben contributed 10.
In the attack, Grace Lazard and Miranda each had seven kills, while Schaben added six kills.
Set One: Iowa State 25 Dayton 18
Dayton struggled with the ISU block in many ways, giving ISU six of its first eight points via either hitting into the block, or hitting the ball out of play. However, the Cyclone offense was not taking advantage, as ISU did not get its first kill until the ninth point of the set. On the serve of Izzy Enna, ISU went on a 5-0 run to bring up set point, which got put away on the third asking when Genesis MirandaClick here to hear it rolled a kill off the top of the UD block at 25-18.
Set Two: Iowa State 25 Dayton 23
An early battle ensued, with both teams getting runs to get ahead, but pulling each other back as well. Dayton was ahead at 10-9, but ISU was able to run off three quick points to push back ahead at 12-10. Dayton held tough, and eventually fired off a 5-0 run to pull back ahead 22-21 in the second frame. The Cyclones were able to rally late, as Jess Schaben killed to tie it at 23-23, Hannah Bailey and Grace Lazard combined for a block to bring up set point and Kendyll Brown fired a shot over the ISU block to give the Cyclones the frame 25-23.
Set Three: Iowa State 25 Dayton 22
The Iowa State block continued to smother the Flyers attack, as two quick blocks to begin the third got ISU ahead 5-1. It was the start of a dominant third frame, as ISU gave UD little avenue back into the match. The Cyclones held Dayton to a -.032 hitting clip for the frame, even with a late 6-0 Dayton rally that cut ISU’s edge down to one at 22-21. UD fired a serve long to bring up match point at 24-22, which Samara West converted with her stuff of Jordan Albarran at 25-22.
Player of the Game
Hali Hillegas. The redshirt sophomore libero was as much of a key to ISU’s strong defensive effort was the block in front of her. The Charles City native finished the evening with a season-best 20 digs, her ninth-career match at or above 20 digs, while also dishing out two assists.
The No. 25 Cyclones are back in action on Saturday against Pittsburgh to close out the Dayton Invitational. First serve will be at 12:30 p.m. Central Time.