AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State volleyball team won its fourth Big 12 match in five with a sweep over West Virginia 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-18) Saturday afternoon in Hilton Coliseum. The win improves Iowa State to 10-5 on the season and 4-1 in Big 12 play. West Virginia drops to 15-4 overall and 2-3 in Big 12 competition.
The difference in the match was ISU’s ability to get early leads in the first set, allowing for some leeway when West Virginia battled back in each of the sets. The first set saw Iowa State jump out to a 10-4 lead before WVU called a timeout to get back involved.
The second set saw the Mountaineers get the first point, but ISU went on a subsequent 7-0 run on the serving of the Big 12’s top server in Tory Knuth. During the run, Knuth had two aces. The first may have been the best produced by the redshirt sophomore this season, a stinger that dipped after it got over the net so sharply that none of the WVU defense could react on time.
The third set saw the Cyclones sprint out to a 13-4 advantage.