MANHATTAN, Kansas – Iowa State (16-8, 7-5 Big 12) wrapped up its second sweep of the week as the Cyclones took down Kansas State (8-15, 3-8 Big 12) 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-18) Saturday night at Ahearn Field House.
As with the first meeting in Ames, Iowa State rode a strong performance in the serve and pass, notching seven aces to K-State’s two, and a dominant third-set performance. Leading the way was Candelaria Herrera, who finished with eight kills at .333 hitting and six blocks. Eleanor Holthaus and Avery Rhodes each contributed 10 kills, Rhodes getting hers at .600 hitting. Piper Mauck notched a double-double of 35 assists and 12 digs.
Set One: Iowa State 25 Kansas State 21
The serve of Michal Schuler continued to be an effective weapon for Iowa State as her serve got two aces and forced two K-State overpasses which powered a 6-0 run to get the Cyclones ahead 7-2. The Cyclones got ahead by seven at 11-4, but the Wildcats were able to get back into it on the back of a strong serving run from Dru Kuck to tie it up at 14-14. Kansas State moved ahead 19-18 when Candelaria Herrera fired long, but Herrera brought ISU back in command with a 4-0 serving run which included an ace. The Cyclones wrapped up the first when Brooke Andersen fired the visitors’ fourth ace of the set at 25-21.
Set Two: Iowa State 25 Kansas State 20
Piper Mauck took her turn at frustrating the Wildcats from behind the service line, as she guided a 3-0 run to get the Cyclones ahead at 10-6. That lead proved to be enough for the majority of the set, but K-State eventually whittled the ISU advantage down to a single point at 19-18. The Cyclones shut things down from there, with Eleanor Holthaus serving up a 4-0 run to restore the ISU breathing room. Iowa State moved ahead 2-0 when K-State fired wide at 25-20.
Set Three: Iowa State 25 Kansas State 18
Iowa State won seven of the first eight points of the set and did not lose the lead the rest of the way. Iowa State was cruising at 17-10 before the Wildcats battled back to within two at 18-16. However, the home team was never able get any closer, as the Cyclones were able to string together the final points to bring the win back home to Ames. Avery Rhodes finished off match point with her 10th kill of the night at 25-18.
Player of the Match
Candelaria Herrera. The junior middle blocker posted a strong two-way performance to help guide the Cyclones. In attack, she had eight kills at .333 hitting, while in defense she finished with six blocks.
Iowa State returns to Hilton Coliseum on Friday to take on Oklahoma. First serve between the Cyclones and Sooners will be at 6:30 p.m.