On the road in Austin, Texas, Iowa State faced the No. 4 Longhorns and fell in straight sets.
Texas took the sets 25-21, 25-22 and 25-21.
Iowa State’s hitting percentage lands above .300
Against Texas, Iowa State had a .302 hitting percentage, which is the first time Iowa State has hit above .300 since Aug. 29 in a win over Northern Iowa with a .306 hitting percentage.
Overall, Iowa State has had three games this season in which they have hit above a .300 hitting percentage. Throughout the season, coach Christy Johnson-Lynch has emphasized that Iowa State needs to be more consistent and varied with its attack.
On the attack this Saturday, Iowa State had two players with double-digit kills and over a .400 hitting percentage to anchor Iowa State’s attack.
Middle blocker Grace Lazard led Iowa State with 11 kills and a .474 hitting percentage. Second on the team was outside hitter Josie Herbst with 10 kills and a .412 hitting percentage.
Jess Schaben’s struggles continue
While a majority of the team thrived, Jess Schaben underperformed for the second game in a row.
Schaben is a two-time Honorable Mention All-American entering this season.
On Wednesday against Oklahoma, Johnson-Lynch said after the game that Schaben looked off and not her usual self.
During the contest, Schaben had only eight kills on 39 attack attempts. In addition, Schaben had a -.077 hitting percentage.
Prior to the Oklahoma game, Schaben recorded two ties for a season highs against Texas Tech with 20 kills and a .326 hitting percentage.
Against Texas on Saturday, Schaben had 10 kills and a .171 hitting percentage.
Iowa State adds to the loss column
With the loss to Texas, Iowa State has now lost four straight games with the other losses coming from Baylor, Texas Tech and Oklahoma.
The last time Iowa State lost four games in a row was 2008, and the last time Iowa State finished with a losing season was 2004 — Johnson-Lynch’s first year as Iowa State’s head coach.
Iowa State’s record is now 8-10 overall and 1-4 in the Big 12.
Currently, Kansas State — who is winless in the Big 12 — is the only team lower than Iowa State in the Big 12 standings.