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No. 17 Iowa State Falls to No. 12 Nebraska, 3-0

LINCOLN, Neb. – No. 17 Iowa State fought hard to get back into its match against No. 12 Nebraska, but came up short in a 3-0 (13-25, 22-25, 25-27) defeat Saturday night in front of 8,293 spectators at the Devaney Sports Center Saturday night. The loss drops the Cyclones to 5-4 while the Cornhuskers improve to 7-1.

Turning Point of the Match
In the competitive two sets that followed the first set, Iowa State had leads, but Nebraska was able to stem the tide of momentum back to its favor. In the second set, Iowa State got out to three leads of three points, the latest coming at 12-9 in favor of the Cyclones. However, on all three occasions, Nebraska battled back and used a 3-0 run of its own to get back into the set and hold on to the lead for the rest of the frame.

In the third, Iowa State had four leads of three points, the latest lead again coming at 12-9. Once again, the Cornhuskers battled back to regain control However, Iowa State did not go down without a fight, battling off two match points before Nebraska strung together a series of kills to escape the third at 27-25.

Cyclone Match Ball Goes to…
Mackenzie Bigbee. After a difficult match against St. Mary’s that featured six attack errors compared to just four kills, tonight she bounced back. The sophomore recorded 12 kills, at an over .400 hitting percentage.

Honorable mention to Kristen Hahn, who was named to the Ameritas Player’s Challenge All-Tournament Team. The senior posted 17 digs on the evening, moving up to fourth on Iowa State’s all-time digs list. She finished the three-day run with 53 kills at 5.30 kills per set.

Quoting Christy Johnson-Lynch
“I am really proud of the way we played. I don’t know if the score really reflects that, sometimes you play like it was a four or five-gamer. We have been looking for that hard-working identity that Iowa State has been known for. For the first time all season, we found that. Now we have to maintain that kind of effort throughout the rest of the season.”

Cyclone Notes
*Jenelle Hudson posted her third double-double of the Ameritas Player’s Challenge and fifth in the last six matches with her 26 assists and 10 digs.
*Mackenzie Bigbee’s 12 kiklls marked the seventh match of the season the sophomore has had double-figure kills.
*Kristen Hahn had 17 digs to mark the 49th consecutive match the senior Libero had double-figure digs.
*Hahn now ranks fourth in Iowa State history with 1,491 career digs, passing Katie Churm’s (2004-07) 1,475 career digs.
*Caitlin Nolan posted 10 digs, marking her third match in double-figures on the campaign.

On Deck
Iowa State gets some well-deserved time off after a stretch of six matches in 11 days. The Cyclones will make the trip east to face the Iowa Hawkeyes as part of the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series next Saturday at 7 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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