AMES, Iowa – Iowa State fell to Oklahoma 3-1 (16-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-20) Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum. The loss drops ISU to 8-9 overall on the year and 1-3 in Big 12 play. OU improves to 10-7 overall and 2-3 in league competition.
The Sooner defense out-dueled the Cyclone defense as OU’s 16.0 blocks and 77 digs held Iowa State to a .136 hitting percentage, while ISU’s defense held Oklahoma to .146 hitting with 10.0 total blocks and 77 digs. Hali Hillegas led the back row with 28 digs, while Grace Lazard had six blocks. Up front, Eleanor Holthaus had a career-high 17 kills at a .464 hitting percentage, while Candelaria Herrera had 10 kills at .400 hitting.
Set One: Iowa State 25 Oklahoma 16
Iowa State’s block was on point to start the match, with Eleanor Holthaus and Candelaria Herrera getting a pair of blocks to help ISU get ahead 11-6. Holthaus was on point in attack, too, getting three kills on her first three swings as ISU moved ahead 18-10. Despite hitting just .122 in the first set, the Cyclone defense stepped up to restrict the Sooners to a -.067 hitting clip. ISU went ahead 1-0 when Holthaus got her fourth kill of the set at 25-16.
Set Two: Oklahoma 26 Iowa State 24
Both teams continued to struggle in attack, keeping the set competitive. The Sooners began to get some breathing room, going on a 4-0 run to get ahead 11-8. ISU quickly recovered, going a 4-0 run of its own with Holthaus’ sixth kill putting the home side ahead 12-11. OU responded with a 5-0 run to get back ahead at 18-15. Oklahoma was able to maintain its lead from there, hitting .282 for the set. Iowa State held off four set points, but OU got it on the fifth try with an ace by Alyssa Enneking at 26-24.
Set Three: Oklahoma 25 Iowa State 19
As the Cyclone struggles on offense continued, Christy Johnson-Lynch turned to her bench, bringing freshmen Jenna Brandt and Brooke Andersen into the fray. While the move helped stabilize the ISU offense, the home team struggled to get back into the contest as OU moved ahead 14-9. The Sooner block helped restrict ISU to a .083 hitting percentage with 5.0 total blocks in the set. Oklahoma took the set when Brianna Kadiku and Kylee McLaughlin stuffed Andersen at 25-19.
Set Four: Oklahoma 25 Iowa State 20
The Oklahoma block continued its dominance, notching five blocks early to keep ISU in negative hitting percentage and moving ahead 13-7. The Cyclone offense turned to Holthaus again, who got six kills to help bring ISU within one at 18-17. However, that was as close as the Cyclones would get. Oklahoma brought up match point at 24-20 and converted on the first asking when Holthaus was stuffed by Paige Anderson and Sarah Sanders at 25-20.
Iowa State heads to Austin on Saturday to take on No. 4 Texas. First serve between the Cyclones and Longhorns will be at 6 p.m.