AMES, Iowa – Iowa State was unable to rally past TCU Sunday at Hilton Coliseum, with the Horned Frogs defeating the Cyclones 3-2 (24-26, 25-16, 25-20, 17-25, 15-11) in front of 2,186 fans. The loss drops ISU to 7-6 overall and 0-2 in Big 12 play, while TCU improves to 9-3 and 2-0 in Big 12 competition.
The Cyclone offense had many good performances, led by a season-best 16 kills at a .405 hitting clip by Morgan Kuhrt, and a career-best 14 kills at .300 from Grace Lazard. Jess Schaben (13) and Genesis Miranda (10) also eclipsed double figures. Abby Phillips led the Cyclones back-line with a career-best-tying 21 digs, while Monique Harris had a double-double of 55 assists and 14 digs.
Iowa State Rallies to Take Set One
TCU was the better team for most of the first set, erasing a couple early ISU advantages and going on 5-1 run to pull ahead 16-12. TCU still had a three-point gap at 22-19 Frogs, but, the attack errors began to pile up on the Horned Frogs, as the Cyclones were able to close the gap to 24-23 on a TCU attack errors. ISU missed its first chance at set point via a Ciara Capezio service error, but cashed in on the next try via a big kill from Jess Schaben to make it 26-24 ISU.
TCU Dominates to Take Set Two
The Horned Frogs stepped up their performance behind the service line, with the efforts of libero Kayla Scheevel in particular causing the ISU passing problems. She served a 5-0 run that make an 8-6 Cyclone lead a 11-8 Frog advantage. TCU hit .452 as a team in the second set, and also stiffened up the block with 4.5 stuffs. The Cyclones had the TCU advantage down to 15-13, but the Frogs closed the set on a 10-3 run, with Scheevel closing out the set with a 3-0 run to make it 25-16 Horned Frogs.
Frogs Go Up 2-1 Despite Late ISU Run
The visitors were the better team again for much of the third set, as their .400 hitting percentage for the set out-classed ISU’s .303 effort in the frame. TCU put together a 6-1 run that made a 5-5 deadlock an 11-6 TCU lead. The Frogs continued to pile up points, expanding their lead to as many as eight points at 16-8. The Cyclones were able to mount a small effort, with Lazard and Kuhrt causing TCU frustrations, and some strong serving off the bench by Branen Berta and Suzanne Horner. However, ISU was only able to cut it to two points at 22-20 Frogs. TCU again closed the set on a 3-0 run with Scheevel again doing the damage behind the service line, acing ISU to take the third 25-20.
All Iowa State to Force a Deciding Fifth Set
ISU stepped up its sense of urgency in the fourth, getting on the Horned Frogs early, with Morgan Kuhrtserving a 4-0 run to make it 6-4 Cyclones. ISU would not relinquish the lead the rest of the set, as the Cyclones slowly built up its edge with the help of a .412 hitting percentage in the frame and a 77 percent sideout rate. TCU fired a couple of errant shots to give the Cyclones a 25-17 fourth-set win and the fans a fifth set.
TCU Runs Away Late to Take Match
The fifth set played out very evenly, with plenty of drama in all parts of the court. Iowa State was out ahead early, but a 4-0 TCU run put the Frogs back in front at 5-4. Neither team was able to get much breathing room, until ISU got a Miranda kill to make it 11-9 to the home team. Out of the TCU timeout, the Horned Frogs stepped up their blocking, recording three blocks in the final six points of the match, all of which were won by TCU. The Frogs got a combo block from Natalie Gower and Sarita Mikals to close out the match 15-11. Mikals finished the match with a triple-double of 10 kills, 10 digs and 10 blocks (all block assists).
*Morgan Kuhrt posted a season-high 16 kills, her first match of the season with at least 10 kills and 26th of her career.
*Abby Phillips tied a career-high with 21 digs, the second 20-dig match of her career. She also had 21 digs at UNI on Sept. 13.
*Monique Harris got her second double-double of the season and 14th of her career with her 55 assists and 14 digs.
*Harris’ 14 digs tie a career-high, which she had previously accomplished twice.
*Grace Lazard recorded a career-best 14 kills, her first career match in double figures. Her previous best was nine at Iowa last year.
*Genesis Miranda had 10 kills on the evening, her third match in double figures as a Cyclone.
*Jess Schaben posted 13 kills, her sixth match of the season with at least 10 kills and 25th of her career.
Iowa State has its Big 12 bye and will not play in the midweek conference matches. The Cyclones are at West Virginia on Friday, first serve will be at 5 p.m.