K-State drops first conference road game in Ames

Sophomore outside hitter Brooke Sassin hits the ball over the net on Sept. 8, 2014 at Ahearn Field House. (Rodney Dimick | The Collegian)

No. 22 K-State hoped to end seven-year drought of losing at Iowa State, but it wasn’t meant to be in 2014-15. The Cyclones prevailed in a three-set sweep, 25-23, 25-23 and 25-22.

The road doesn’t get any easier for head coach Suzie Fritz’s bunch with only today off before they have to face No. 5 Texas tomorrow night.

The Wildcats (20-4, 7-3) battled adversity from the beginning of the first set as they faced as much as a four-point deficit, but were able to tie the score at 20 and eventually take a 23-22 lead off of a kill from sophomore outside hitter Brooke Sassin. However, Iowa State (12-9, 4-6) responded with three-straight points and an opening victory.

In a repeat performance of the first set, K-State dug itself into an early hole by quickly staring at a 9-3 deficit.

K-State would answer on a 15-6 run to take the lead, but Iowa State tied it multiple times with the last coming at 23-23.

Just like the first set, Iowa State ended on a scoring run to take the set and give it a 2-0 edge over the nationally-ranked Wildcats.

Iowa State made set three its own as K-State trailed through the entirety of play. They were down by as much as seven, but were able to cut the lead to as little as one. The Cyclones, however, would not be denied on road to a sweep and a 25-22 set win.

Zumach led the Wildcats with 13 kills, but no other Wildcat recorded double-digits kills on the night.

Sophomore libero Kersten Kober had 18 digs on the night to lead all players in the match.

The biggest deficit for K-State was in serving where it had zero services aces and six service errors. Iowa State had six aces and only three service errors.

Tim Everson was born in Wichita, KS in 1994. Before fifth grade he moved up to Manhattan for one year before settling in Riley, KS where he graduated from Riley County High School in 2012. Tim has worked for the Collegian since spring of 2014 and took over as Sports Editor during the summer of 2015. Tim loves sports, music, movies and good food when he can get it.