LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 18 Iowa State rallied from two sets down to defeat Texas Tech 3-2 (25-27, 23-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-12) Friday night at United Supermarkets Arena. The win improved the Cyclones to 11-2 overall on the year, 2-1 in Big 12 play. Tech is now 12-4 on the year, 1-2 in league play.
The Cyclone effort was led by Samara West, who posted a career-high 20 kills and seven blocks. Jess Schaben had 17 kills and 15 digs, while Monique Harris had her third-straight double-double with 43 assists and 12 digs. The ISU block got a season-high 15.0 blocks, led by nine from Grace Lazard. Hali Hillegas recorded a career-best 34 digs.
First Set: Texas Tech 27 Iowa State 25
It was a set of runs for each team, with the Cyclones scoring the first four points of the match, Tech going on a 10-1 run to get ahead 13-9 and ISU responding with a four-point swing to even it back up at 13-13. Iowa State and Texas Tech both failed to convert their first set point chances, but Tech but it away on second asking with a Kylie Rittimann service ace to take it 27-25.
Second Set: Texas Tech 25 Iowa State 23
The Raiders went on a 4-0 run to break out to an 8-4 lead. The TTU block smothered the ISU attack early on, getting three blocks to help build to a 20-13 advantage. The Cyclones were able to rally late on, going on a 5-1 run to cut down the Tech advantage to 21-18. However, it was too much of a gap to close as Tech put away the set with a Katy Keenan kill at 25-23.
Third Set: Iowa State 25 Texas Tech 19
The frame started out as even as possible, with 11 of a possible 15 ties in the first half of the sets. However, it was once Tech reached 15 that things changed, as ISU unloaded a 6-0 run to pull ahead 20-15. The Cyclone offense clicked its way to a .471 hitting percentage for the set, continuing the match when Hannah Bailey stuffed Katy Kennan to take the third 25-19.
Fourth Set: Iowa State 25 Texas Tech 21
The Cyclone offense continued to assert itself, as their first seven swings went for kills to get ahead 9-6. The strong attack meant ISU sided out in an efficient manner, not allowing TTU to string together consecutive points until the home sides ninth and 10th points of the frame. Tech was able to pull back within one at 15-14, but like the third, that was when ISU made its move. The Cyclones bolted ahead to 22-16, and forced a fifth when Missy Owens sent her setter dump wide at 25-21.
Fifth Set: Iowa State 15 Texas Tech 12
The Cyclones broke out to a 4-1 lead via a pair of Samara West kills, Tech battled back to one on multiple occasions, but a 4-1 cyclone run, with the Cyclone block doing the damage, built the advantage up to four at 11-7. Tech fought back to within one again at 11-10, but ISU was able to stay ahead for good. Match point arrived at 14-12 when Sarah Redding fired wide, and was put away when Alexis Conaway fired off the block for the final kill at 15-12.
Player of the Game
Samara West. Her incredible redshirt senior season rolled on, as she finished the match with a career-high 20 kills at a .342 hitting percentage, while also posting a career-best seven blocks.
Iowa State returns to Hilton Coliseum on Wednesday to host Baylor. First serve between the Cyclones and Bears will be at 6:30 p.m.