COLLEGE STATION, Texas- No. 25 Texas A&M came up short against a streaking Iowa State team, falling 30-27, 30-27, 30-23 to the Cyclones in front of 1,242 at Hilton Coliseum.
It was ISU’s seventh consecutive win as the Cyclones improve to 8-4 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12. A&M drops to 10-2, 0-2 in conference play.
After allowing ISU to jump out to a 10-2 lead to open the match, the Aggies fought back, tying the score at 19 following a four-point run. After exchanging points, the Cyclones’ Mary Bisenius got a kill and a solo block to begin a three-point run and give ISU a 23-20 advantage. ISU held a 29-25 and was serving for the game, but Kelsey Bryant got a kill off the block to keep the Aggies alive. Mary Batis then cut the gap to 29-27 with a kill from the back row before Bisenius ended the game with a kill off the block.
A&M held a narrow 12-10 lead in Game 2 when ISU scored five unanswered points. A&M managed to tie the score at 24 and again at 26 but was unable to regain the lead. A Batis kill cut the gap to 28-27, but a kill by Erin Boeve and an A&M attack error gave the Cyclones the game and a 2-0 lead in the match.
The teams were tied at 5-all in Game 3 when ISU went on a 14-3 scoring run to build a 19-8 advantage. A&M rallied to get within 22-18 before ISU reeled off five straight points to end the Aggies’ threat. A&M’s Darla Donaldson ended the run with back-to-back kills and Sarah Ammerman followed with a kill from the back row to cut the lead to 27-21, but the Aggies could get no closer before Lauren Cummings got a tip kill over the Aggie block for the match-winning point.
Ammerman led the Aggies with 12 kills and 12 digs, and Jillian Phillips added seven blocks.
Boeve, who had eight kills in the first game, led all players with 16 kills. Jen Malcom and Bisenius added 12 apiece. Amy Vos and Ashley Mass led the Cylcones in digs with 16 each, and Laura Cady added 11.
ISU outhit A&M, .287 to .168 in the match and posted 62 kills to A&M’s 43. The Cyclones also outdug A&M, 64-44, and led in blocks, 9-8.
The Aggies return action Wednesday as they play host to the Texas Tech Red Raiders. First serve is at 6:30 p.m. at G. Rollie White Coliseum.