AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (15-8, 6-5 Big 12) bounced back from a weekend loss with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-15) win over West Virginia (11-13, 2-9 Big 12) Wednesday night in Hilton Coliseum.
Iowa State was lead on attack by freshman Annie Hatch, as she had 16 kills and a .375 hitting percentage for the night. Piper Mauck was setting up her teammates all night, as she poured in 35 assists to go with nine digs on the evening. Eleanor Holthaus also played a big role in the victory, as she posted 10 kills at .350 hitting to go with four digs and four block assists.
Set One: Iowa State 25 West Virginia 22
The first set saw a back-and-forth beginning the two teams. However, the Mountaineers were finally able gain some separation, moving ahead 12-8. Iowa State was able to use a 4-0 run to tie the set at 13s on a Brooke Andersen kill. The back half of the set saw Iowa State swing the momentum going on a 9-1 run to help bring up set point at 24-19. The Mountaineers fought off set point for three straight points, but it wasn’t enough as Hatch killed at 25-22.
Set Two: Iowa State 25 West Virginia 23
The second set saw more of the same back-and-forth action that the first provided. Iowa State eventually pulled ahead 15-11 as the set reached the media timeout. The Cyclones would never trail in the set, as they were able to hold a comfortable lead throughout most of the set. Iowa State gained set point at 24-20, only to see West Virginia fight off three-consecutive set points again. However, Iowa State won the set following a West Virginia attack error at 25-23.
Set Three: Iowa State 25 West Virginia 15
The Cyclones jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead at the start of the third set, causing a Mountaineer timeout. The West Virginia timeout didn’t stop the bleeding though, as Iowa State found itself with 19-10 lead. The Cyclones finished things up quickly, winning the set 25-15 and the match when Josie Herbst got her fourth kill of the set. Iowa State’s offense was clicking in the third, as the team had a whopping .571 hitting percentage, its best team effort in a set this season.
Player of the Match
Annie Hatch. The Cyclone freshman had one of the best offensive outings of her young ISU career tonight, as she posted 16 kills, hitting.375 on the night. She also contributed a solo block and two block assists on defense.
Following the Cyclones’ victory over the Mountaineers, Iowa State will head to Manhattan and face the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday. The match’s first serve is set at 6:30 p.m.