Valiant Iowa State Falls to No. 3 Stanford
The following is a press release courtesy of Iowa State athletics communications.
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State volleyball team showed great fight in defeat to No. 3 Stanford Friday night at Hilton Coliseum. The Cardinal swept ISU 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-19) in the opening match of the AVCA Showcase to start the season 1-0. Iowa State falls to 0-1.
Turning Point of the Match
Unfortunately for the Cyclones, Stanford controlled the match from the start. However, Iowa State showed it would go down with its head held high late in the second set. The Cardinal had dominated to that point, up 24-11 looking to close out the second frame. However, ISU was able to catch a wind of momentum with the assistance of the 2,733 present inside Hilton Coliseum.
The Cyclones ripped off seven consecutive points, with Victoria Hurtt posting three kills in the run. The run allowed Iowa State some momentum in defeat heading into the locker room, leading to a great battle in the third set.
Cyclone Match Ball Goes to…
Victoria Hurtt. Head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch called it one of the best matches of her career as the senior showed her intent to return to the form that saw her named an All-American in 2012.
Hurtt led the Iowa State attack with 13 kills on the evening. Late on in the match, she showed some ability on the block, teaming with Tory Knuth for two block assists.
Iowa State returns to Hilton Coliseum on Sunday for the second match of the AVCA Showcase against No. 13 Florida State. First serve is slated for 1 p.m. and the match will be shown live on Cyclones.TV.