MORGANTOWN, West Virginia – Iowa State (11-4, 2-1 Big 12) head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch got the 300th win over her career on Saturday morning when the Cyclones wrapped up a 2-0 week with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-6) win over West Virginia (8-7, 0-3 Big 12) at the WVU Coliseum.
Johnson-Lynch, in her 15th season at Iowa State, has earned all 300 of her career wins as the leader of the Cyclone program. She has led Iowa State to 12 NCAA Volleyball Championship appearances, five Sweet 16s and two Elite Eights.
Iowa State was back to its most familiar starting lineup, with Piper Mauck and Michal Schuler both recovered from injuries sustained at Iowa two weeks ago. The Cyclone offense fired its way to a .374 hitting percentage, led by 10-kill days from Annie Hatch (12), Josie Herbst (11) and Eleanor Holthaus (10).
Set One: Iowa State 25 West Virginia 18
Candelaria Herrera sparked Iowa State with a 6-0 run with the Argentine contributing two kills and two combo blocks with Piper Mauck to get ahead 11-5. The Cyclone advantage got to 17-9 before WVU was able to battle back with a 4-0 run to get within four at 17-13. WVU got back within three at 19-16, but Herrera continued to produce, notching five kills on six swings to help Iowa State claim the first. Iowa State hit .429 as a team in the first, with a Briana Lynch attack error giving the visitors the first 25-18.
Set Two: Iowa State 25 West Virginia 22
Eleanor Holthaus’ trip behind the service line helped get ISU going, as she served up a 5-0 run which included a pair of kills and a block from Annie Hatch to put the Cyclones ahead 7-3. The Mountaineers were able to battle back to within one at 12-11, but Iowa State was able to pick it up and get ahead by six at 21-15. WVU once again was able to reel in ISU to back within a pair at 23-21, but Iowa State was able to close it out with Hatch’s fifth kill of the set at 25-22.
Set Three: Iowa State 25 West Virginia 16
The Cyclone attack got off to a highly efficient start, firing its first four swings for kills to help build the early lead. While the attack had another strong set, hitting .500 as a team in the third, the defense also stepped up for Iowa State, as the Cyclones held WVU to .179 hitting and notched 3.0 total blocks in the set. Iowa State wrapped up the match when
Player of the Match
Avery Rhodes. The redshirt sophomore middle continues to make big contributions to the Cyclone attack, as she notched nine kills at .500 hitting, her fourth-straight match hitting at least .300. She also recorded a pair of block assists.
Iowa State returns to Hilton Coliseum on Wednesday to begin a three-match home stand. First on the agenda is a match-up with No. 1 Baylor. First serve between the Cyclones and Bears will be at 8 p.m., with ESPNU televising the match.