Wildcats upset No. 25 ranked Iowa State in sweep

Outside hitter Aniya Clinton blocks a kill attempt from Iowa State. Clinton collected three blocks and a team-high 12 kills in the 3-0 sweep of the No. 25 ranked Cyclones. (Avery Johnson | Collegian Media Group)

Editor’s note: Altered text in the third and last paragraphs.

Kansas State volleyball finds itself once again pulling off an upset. After a 1-1 series against then-No. 18 ranked Baylor, the Wildcats returned home and were victorious against the No. 25 Iowa State Cyclones in a sweep. 

Set 1 was back-and-forth between the Wildcats and Cyclones. Iowa State started to get the best of K-State late into the set with a 17-13 lead. The Wildcats eventually tied the set at 19 apiece off a kill from outside hitter Aniya Clinton. Clinton continued her dominance, racking up two more kills after that, finishing the set with four kills and 12 kills total on the night. The Wildcats won the set 25-20. 

Things got rocky for K-State as the team trailed 5-0 against the Cyclones to start Set 2. This did not discourage the Wildcats as they then scored six unanswered points. K-State ended the set easily, beating Iowa State 25-16.

“We know it’s our mistakes and it’s in our control,” libero Mackenzie Morris said about trailing by five early. “We just had to slow the ball down for ourselves and just start playing our game again.”

Morris recently earned her 1,500th career dig and continued to increase that number as she racked up 21 digs to finish the night.

Set 3 was dominant for the Wildcats. The Cyclones had an early lead at 4-3, but it would be Iowa State’s only lead of the set with K-State leading the rest of the way, ending the set 25-18. 

“Beating Baylor on the road was big, gave us a lot of confidence,” head coach Jason Mansfield said. “It was great to win at home and to be that consistent was pretty, pretty special.”

The Wildcats look to build on the huge win as they take on UCF at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Orlando, Florida.