Wildcats Swept by Cyclones on Road

Caitlyn Donahue

Oct. 13, 2010

Box Score

AMES, Iowa – The Kansas State Wildcats battled closely through the first two sets with No. 13 Iowa State on the road Wednesday night, but it was all Cyclones in the third as Iowa State got the sweep 25-20, 25-22, 25-16. K-State’s offense could not keep a consistent rhythm as no Wildcats posted double digits in kills on the night.

Iowa State (12-4, 5-3 Big 12) was led by Victoria Henson with 15 kills, and middle blockers Jamie Straube and Debbie Stadick combined for a solid night. Each posted six kills with Stadick hitting only one error. Stadick also had seven block assists and Straube posted four blocks.

The Wildcats (9-10, 3-5) were led by Kaitlynn Pelger with eight kills as she hit .263. Fellow middle blocker Alex Muff pounded seven kills while hitting .357 for the Wildcats and stuffing three Cyclone attacks. Senior outside hitter JuliAnne Chisholm has led the Wildcats in kills this season and she was held without one in Wednesday night’s loss.

The Wildcats and Cyclones battled in an exciting first set with each team making big runs to take the lead and reclaim it multiple times. After Iowa State went on a 7-1 run to take an 8-5 lead, K-State answered by scoring seven of the next 10 points to take the lead 12-11. Iowa State answered with an 8-1 run to lead 19-13 pushing K-State into a corner. The Wildcats made an attempt at a comeback scoring three straight points with two more runs of two to pull within 21-20 before the Cyclones scored the next four points to close out the first stanza.

Iowa State relied heavily on the block with six in the first set thanks to Stadick and Straube. Stadick also posted four kills. The Wildcats saw freshman Pelger post five kills in the opening set with just one error to hit .400.

The second set saw another tight battle to the end with the Wildcats fighting back from a large deficit but coming just short.

Iowa State led 18-12 before the Wildcats would snatch the momentum away and score six of the next eight points to pull within two three points. Another three-point run by K-State would make it just a one-point lead for the Cyclones at 22-21. An attack in the net by Cailtyn Donahue and an ace by Iowa State would give the Cyclones set point. A kill by Muff kept the Wildcats alive, but a quick set up the middle to Straube provided the final kill for Iowa State to take a 2-0 lead into the locker room at intermission.

The final set was all Cyclones with Iowa State opening up an 11-3 lead early and closing the door after a late charge by K-State.

The Wildcats return home to take on conference rival No. 3 Nebraska at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ahearn Field House. The match will be the final time the Cornhuskers come to Ahearn as conference opponents.