AMES, IOWA – The West Virginia University volleyball team dropped a Big 12 Conference road match to Iowa State 3-0 (19-25, 18-25, 18-25) on Saturday afternoon in front of 2,371 fans inside the Hilton Coliseum.
“We just played a very good Iowa State team who had a great serving performance today,” says coach Jill Kramer. “We had a few strings of points that we gave, which you just can’t do against a team of this caliber.”
The Cyclones (10-5, 4-1) posted a .267 team hitting percentage and remain undefeated at home in Big 12 Conference play.
West Virginia (15-4, 2-3) was led by sophomore outside hitter Hannah Sackett
’s 10 kills on 22 attempts for a .273 hitting clip.
“There were a lot of great, hard-fought rallies throughout the match,” Kramer says. “Our team kept fighting, kept pushing the tempo and the pace of the match. But in each set, we dug a pretty big hole at the beginning that was too much to recover from.”
Freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson
and sophomore middle blocker Caleah Wells
each chipped in six kills, with Anderson adding 10 digs.
Iowa State led by as many as eight on two separate occasions in the first set, behind a .346 team hitting percentage The Mountaineers out-blocked the Cyclones in the set and were led by Anderson’s four kills, but ISU claimed the game 25-19.
WVU trailed 1-7 early in the second set, but fought back to within one, 16-17, late in the set. The Cyclones, though, won eight of the final 10 points to win the set 25-18.
The Cyclones were able to jump out to another early lead in the third set. After trailing 4-13, WVU clawed back to as close as 12-15. But, ISU responded on its way to a 25-18 third-set win.
Iowa State senior libero Kristen Hahn led all players with 19 digs, marking the 55th consecutive match she has recorded double-digit digs.
“We will fly back to Morgantown tomorrow and have some much-needed time to rest our bodies a bit on Monday, before getting back at it again on Tuesday,” Kramer says.
West Virginia returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m., as it faces Robert Morris in a nonconference match at the WVU Coliseum.