The Iowa State Cyclones came into Tuesday’s match against the South Dakota Coyotes looking for its fifth straight win in a home opener.
The Cyclones faced a Coyote team that made the NCAA tournament a season ago. However, the Cyclones were the better team on Tuesday as they swept the Coyotes 3-0.
Iowa State is now 2-1 this season, while South Dakota falls to 3-1.
In the first set, the Cyclones jumped out to an 11-3 lead. The Cyclones held a 24-15 advantage until the Coyotes trimmed the deficit to five points. However, a block by sophomore right-side player Eleanor Holthaus gave the Cyclones the 25-19 victory in set one.
Senior outside hitter Josie Herbst lead the attack for Iowa State in set one with five kills on six attacks.
Highlights from tonight's match: pic.twitter.com/KnvavSpPAW— Iowa State Volleyball (@CycloneVB) September 4, 2019
The second set was a bit more competitive early on as the Coyotes got the first couple of points in the set.
South Dakota kept the set close for a while until Iowa State took a 20-14 lead. A kill by Annie Hatch led the Cyclones to take set two 25-18.
In the beginning of the third set, the Cyclones were in control as they held a five-point lead early on but the Coyotes battled back to make the set a one-point game at 13-12.
The Cyclones lead grew to five, they went on to win set three 25-19 and won the match 3-0 against the Coyotes.
Herbst had the best attacking numbers for Iowa State on Tuesday as she had 13 kills on 24 attacks and a hitting percentage of .500.
Iowa State will be back in action at Hilton Coliseum on Friday against the No. 6 ranked Penn State Nittany Lions on Friday at 6:30 p.m.